Students transferring to UMD and the A. James Clark School of Engineering have a number of scholarship opportunities available to them. Be sure to visit the Clark School Scholarship page to learn more about how to fund your education. We've also highlighted a few opportunities for you here!

Scholarship Application Timeline 

January 1st
  • FASFA Priority Deadline
March 1st
  • UMD Transfer Application Early Action Deadline
  • Frederick Douglass Schoalrship Deadline
May 17th
  • Summer Pathways/Acceleration Application Priority Deadline (applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis)
May 31st
  • Clark School of Engineering Transfer Scholarship Application Priority Deadline

Students transferring from a Maryland Community College are eligible to apply for the Summer Pathways and/or Summer Acceleration Scholarship to cover the cost of summer courses. NOTE: Summer Pathways & Summer Acceleration is a reimbursement fund. Students must first complete the summer course and enroll at UMD in order to be eligible for the scholarship funding.

Summer Pathways Scholarship (SPS): Courses in the Clark School of Engineering are not always taught every semester. Therefore, in an effort to support students transferring from MD community colleges, the Clark School is pleased to provide the SPS Program in order to support the cost of summer courses for those students who need to catch up on their major-required courses. Please be advised that SPS is designed to cover specific course requirements and course availability will vary by major. The Summer Pathways Scholarship (SPS) is a non-competitive application for students who need to take pre-identified courses in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  Not all students may be eligible for the SPS funding.

Courses Traditionally Covered by SPS (dependent on summer course availability): 

Major Recommended SPS Course
Aerospace Engineering ENAE283
Bioengineering BIOE120, BIOE121, BIOE221
Chemical Engineering CHBE101, CHBE250, CHBE301
Civil Engineering ENCE215
Computer Engineering

CMSC131, ENEE200

Electrical Engineering ENEE200
Fire Protection Engineering Speak with an advisor about Summer Acceleration
Materials Science & Engineering ENMA300
Mechanical Engineering Speak with an advisor about Summer Acceleration

Summer Acceleration Scholarship (SAS): Not all students may fit the traditional SPS requirements. For those students who are NOT eligible for SPS but who need support to take summer courses, the Clark School provides a secondary scholarship opportunity - the Summer Acceleration Scholarship (SAS).  The SAS application is competitive. For details regarding SAS, please contact transfer_engr@umd.edu

Additional Program Details: 

MD Community College transfer students in need of summer courses are eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of tuition* to be used towards University of Maryland summer coursework based on the following conditions: 

  1. Students must be admitted to the University of Maryland and the A. James Clark School of Engineering for a fall semester; 
  2. Students must be transferring from a Maryland state community college; 
  3. Students must be enrolled in one of the eligible courses (as outlined in the application); 
  4. Students must earn the minimum passing grade in the course (C- or higher unless otherwise noted); 
  5. Students must successfully matriculate and enroll in the University of Maryland in the Fall semester.

Please be advised that SPS is a reimbursement fund and that the scholarship is awarded after the conclusion of the Fall Schedule Adjustment Period.  Therefore, students must be able to pay for the course up front.

For best consideration, students should apply to both the Summer Pathways and Summer Acceleration Scholarship by May 17th. Please note that the Summer 2021 application will be made available by April 1, 2021.

*Note: Students paying out-of-state tuition are eligible to receive up to $2,000 per course

Merit scholarships provide financial awards to some of the University of Maryland’s most academically talented transfer students. Transfer applicants that apply by the March 1 early action deadline for priority fall admission consideration, are automatically reviewed for some of these merit scholarships, while others require a separate application. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents can qualify for the university’s merit scholarships. 

Additional details and scholarship opportunities, including the Frederick Douglass Scholarship, can be found on the Admissions website

The Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars Program at the University of Maryland was established as part of Building Together,  the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation's $219.5 million investment in the University of Maryland announced in October 2017. The goal of the program is to support hard-working engineering students at Maryland community colleges transfer to the University of Maryland, connecting effort to opportunity. The Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars Program offers a need-based scholarship of in-state tuition, mandatory fees and differential tuition (if applicable) for four semesters of study—and includes comprehensive academic, career, and research supports. For more information, please visit the Clark Opportunity Transfer Scholars Program homepage.

Through the generosity of alumni, industry partners, and friends of the college, the A. James Clark School of Engineering offers scholarships to talented undergraduate engineering students enrolled at the University of Maryland. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, and a variety of other factors. Learn more by visiting our Scholarship homepage


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