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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.

Scholarship Awards:

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 2018-19 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, which is distributed across the 2018-19 academic year.  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.

Congratulations to the 2018-19 Fellows and Scholars!!!

Fellows:

  • Luwam Gebreyesus Health Administration and Public Policy
  • Jamey Sultan Emergency Health Services

Scholars:

  • Evan Avila Economics & Political Science 
  • Fikir Ejigineh Information Systems
  • Meheret Gebreegziabher Biology, B.S. & Information Systems (Minor)
  • Jessica Linus Health Administration and Public Policy
  • Princess Sara Njemanze  Chemical Engineering & Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Minor)
  • Ayla Novruz Psychology
  • Shiona Wijesekara Economics & Mathematics

 

2018-19 Eligibility criteria 

  • 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 Greater 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. Shriver Center Staff will work with recipients to identify service opportunities and community engagement.

Essay Questions
Please be sure to include your name in the file name and in the document. Essays may be submitted as a Word document or PDF and may be saved as one file.  Essays typically range between 2-3 pages double spaced.

Essay 1

How did you develop such a passion for service?  What motivates you to engage in social change efforts?  How does it connect with your career goals?

Essay 2

Describe challenges that Baltimore currently faces. What do you propose as possible solutions to overcome these challenges? How do you know that these strategies work?  Identify organizations that are tackling these issues. 

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  Please be sure to submit your transcripts for each post-secondary institution you’ve attended.

Application Timeline for 2018-19:

  • The on-line application is now CLOSED!
  • By Friday, April 13th, 2018 – applicants will be notified of their application status, some invited for interviews.
  • The week of April 23rd, 2018 – Interviews will take place.
  • Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 – Selected Scholars and Fellows were announced.

The 2019-2020 Application will go live in January 2019.  

Questions?  Contact:

Lori L. Hardesty
Associate Director, Applied Learning & Community Engagement
UMBC/The Shriver Center
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
(410) 455-2493 (office)
lhardesty@umbc.edu

 

2017-18 Co-hort

Fellows:

Yamini Narayan  Health Administration and Public Policy

Morgan Zepp  English Literature and Global Studies, Spanish & Writing 

Scholars:

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

 

 

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. 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).

 

 

France-Merrick 2015-16 Cohort. From left to right, front row: Naureen Khan, Julianna Brightman, Cheyenne Smith, Irum Zar, Geraldine Ezeka, Nkemdilim Ndubuizu, and Isabel Geisler. Second row: Roy Anderson, Jr., Parker James, Adam Edwards, and Benjamin Fosbaugh. Back row: Lori Hardesty. Not pictured: Scott Tiffin)

France-Merrick 2015-16 Cohort. From left to right, front row: Naureen Khan, Julianna Brightman, Cheyenne Smith, Irum Zar, Geraldine Ezeka, Nkemdilim Ndubuizu, and Isabel Geisler. Second row: Roy Anderson, Jr., Parker James, Adam Edwards, and Benjamin Fosbaugh. Back row: Lori Hardesty. Not pictured: Scott Tiffin. Photo taken by Marlayna Demond (UMBC Class of 2011).

 

2011-2012 France-Merrick Scholarship Cohort 2011-2012 France-Merrick Scholarship Cohort. Front row, from left to right: Stephanie Pully, Amy Poole with her Service Dog Honey, Kelly Cyr, and Aleeza Abbasi. Back row: Revathi Chandry, Gift Jayakar, Salar Khaleghzadegan, and Lori Hardesty.

2011-2012 France-Merrick Scholarship Cohort 2011-2012 France-Merrick Scholarship Cohort. Front row, from left to right: Stephanie Pully, Amy Poole with her Service Dog Honey, Kelly Cyr, and Aleeza Abbasi. Back row: Revathi Chandry, Gift Jayakar, Salar Khaleghzadegan, and Lori Hardesty. Photo from UMBC archives.