France-Merrick Scholarship Program
The Shriver Center coordinates this undergraduate scholarship program, funded by the France-Merrick Foundation. For more than 20 years, this scholarship is available for students who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to service, leadership, and civic engagement on the UMBC campus and in Baltimore City. The France-Merrick Scholarship Program seeks to combine service and reflection, build relationships, and strengthen networks to affect meaningful change.
Fellows are awarded a scholarship that goes towards tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board expenses. This will not exceed $15,000 for Maryland students, $22,000 for out-of-state students, which is distributed across the academic year. Fellows will engage in service connected with Baltimore City; serve in leadership roles (which includes convening meetings for the France-Merrick Scholarship Program), support meaningful professional development, and serve as ambassadors of service at UMBC.
Scholars are awarded a scholarship of up to $2,000. Scholars will engage in service connected with Baltimore City, support meaningful professional development, participate in meetings, and serve as ambassadors of service at UMBC. The number of Scholars and awards vary each year, depending on the strength of the applicant pool and available scholarship money.
Nine undergraduate students received scholarship awards for the 2017-18 academic year:
Yamini Narayan Health Administration and Public Policy
Morgan Zepp English Literature and Global Studies, Spanish & Writing
Kayla Addai Biology B.A., Music
FeiFei Ma English; East Asian Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies
Stephanie Milani Computer Science and Psychology
Becca Nolder Social Work, Music
Jasir Qiydaar Media & Communication Studies, Writing
Savannah Steinly Chemical Engineering, English
Nailah Turner Psychology
Eligibility criteria for 2018-19
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be an Undergraduate Student as of the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester (the upcoming award year). Applicants’ graduation date should be no sooner than May 2019. Incoming freshmen and transfer undergraduate students are welcomed to apply.
- Demonstrated experience in service to the Baltimore community.
- France-Merrick Fellows and Scholars will continue to participate in service to Baltimore City during the 2018-19 award year in meaningful ways. If needed, Shriver Center Staff will work with recipients to identify service opportunities.
Timeline for 2018-19:
- Applications open Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
- On-line applications will close Monday, March 26th, 2018
- By Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 – notification regarding status. Some applicants will be invited for interviews (in-person or Skype). Those not invited for an interview will receive an email.
- Monday, April 23rd – Friday, April 27th, 2018 – Interviews will take place for those moving into the next round
- The week of April 30th, 2018 – 2018-19 notifications
There will be two components to the application when it opens. Candidates should:
- Complete the application, which includes 2 essays.
- At the end of the application, you will be asked to submit an unofficial transcript.
Lori L. Hardesty
Associate Director, Applied Learning & Community Engagement
UMBC/The Shriver Center
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
(410) 455-2493 (office)
2016-17 France-Merrick Cohort Awardees. From left to right, bottom row Isabel Geisler; second row, Markya Reed, Nimasha Fernando, Amy Hoffman, Lavanya Garnepudi; third row, FeiFei Ma and Jaelyn Bos; top row, Coordinator Lori Hardesty and Corrin Markey. Not pictured: Shoba Kadavil. Photo taken by Marlayna Demond (UMBC Class of 2011).
Jacqueline C. Hrabowski Endowment Fund
Since 2003, a scholarship has been awarded to a UMBC student in recognition of the accomplishments and contributions of Jacqueline C. Hrabowski. For 2017-18, TWO UMBC students will be selected based upon her/his commitment to improving the lives of at-risk urban youth through academic studies and community service activities. Recipients will receive $2,000 for the 2017-18 academic year, $1,000 each semester.
- Be a full-time, degree-seeking student at UMBC.
- Be either a currently enrolled in her/his sophomore or junior year (in 2017-18, would be a junior or a senior).
- Demonstrate a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
There are three components to the application. Candidates should submit the following:
- An updated resume.
- An unofficial transcript.
- A 500-word essay explaining actions that she/he has participated in that have contributed to improving the lives of Baltimore City youth.
Emailing application materials (essay, resume, AND an unofficial transcript) is preferred. Application materials should be submitted to:
The Shriver Center
Public Policy Building, 1st floor
The deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2017, by 12 pm. First round of interviews will begin in mid-April, final interviews scheduled as needed.
Questions? Contact Lori Hardesty at firstname.lastname@example.org.