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 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.
In 2017-18, nine undergraduate students received scholarship awards:
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 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.
This is a new platform for France-Merrick applications, intended to be easier for all to use. This includes the ability to save one’s application to work on at a later date. This platform also makes it easier to submit attachments: two essays and an unofficial transcript. Please read the information below.
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.
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?
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.
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 – Interviews will take place.
- Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 – Selected Scholars and Fellows will be announced.
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).