Undergraduate Students

College is a major investment for students and their families. As a public, state university, the University of Maryland is a more affordable option than many other colleges and universities, but many students and families still need financial assistance to help afford a college education.

All students are expected to contribute towards the cost of their college education, but how much you and your family will be expected to contribute depends on your financial situation—and is what is referred to as your Expected Family Contribution or EFC. Every student should complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Financial Student Aid. FAFSA is the application used by nearly all colleges and universities to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution and eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. To be considered for federal financial aid, you must complete and submit a FAFSA. Submitting this application gives you access to the largest pool of financial aid dollars and loans with the best terms.

The University of Maryland offers many forms of financial aid, including merit- and need-based scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment (also known as Federal Work Study). Information about how to apply for financial aid at UMD is available on the Financial Aid/Scholarships section of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.

The School of Public Health provides additional scholarships for undergraduate students in need, including:

The Jerry P. Wrenn Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2008 to honor Dr. Jerry P. Wrenn. Dr. Wrenn was a faculty member, student advisor, assistant/associate dean of student services, and finally dean of the College of Health and Human Performance (which became the School of Public Health), where his commitment to undergraduate education was well-known. Each year, this Scholarship helps fund outstanding SPH rising/current seniors who demonstrate financial need. Students in all SPH degree programs, including Public Health Science students at Shady Grove, are eligible to apply for a Wrenn scholarship if they meet the academic requirements.

In order to qualify, students must have:

  • A minimum of 90 applicable credits earned by the end of the current semester (a minimum of 32 must have been earned at UMD)
  • At least one semester left as a student at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Health
  • A primary major in the School of Public Health
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • A current FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid office on campus

For more information on how to apply, please contact sphscholarships@umd.edu.

Recipients will be recognized at the School of Public Health’s Honors Convocation Ceremony in May.


Resiliency Scholarship

The School of Public Health’s Resiliency Scholarship Fund was established to help currently enrolled students avoid an interruption in their college studies due to an unforeseen emergency. (Please Note: Insufficient Financial Aid and out Out-of-State Tuition do not constitute an unforeseen emergency.) This fund will help the school respond to immediate financial situations that directly impact the student's ability to attend and function in classes. Students considering emergency financial support should understand that these programs offer limited help, and are not intended to be a secondary form of college tuition.

In order to qualify:

  • Applicant must be a current School of Public Health major. Priority is given to students with SPH as a primary major.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Health.
  • Applicants must have at least one semester left as a student at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Health.
  • Applicants must provide adequate documentation of the unforeseen emergency resulting in a financial burden.
  • Applicants must provide a copy of their Award Package and Budget from the Office of Student Financial Aid site.

This scholarship cannot be used for:

  • Electronics, such as computers, phones, tablets or other personal devices  
  • UMD Parking permits or tickets
  • Loss of clothing or household items do to fire or theft

Visit the UMD Student Crisis Fund page to learn more about additional crisis funding to help in these situations.

To apply for the Resiliency Scholarship, please click here. For more information please contact sphscholarships@umd.edu.

Additional resources:

School of Public Health Scholarship

The School of Public Health Scholarship Fund was established to support undergraduate and graduate students in the pursuit of exceptional educational opportunities. Examples of opportunities can include, but are not limited to, conferences, academic research, and experiential learning. The scholarship is designed to assist in covering expenditures incurred by the student directly related to the opportunity, but may not cover the full expense of the opportunity.

Undergraduate Applicant requirements:

  • Applicant must be a current School of Public Health major.  Priority is given to students with SPH as a primary major.
  • Applicant must have completed at least one semester at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Health.
  • Applicant must have at least one semester left as a student at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Health.
  • Applicant must have a sophomore standing or higher.
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing.

Undergraduate Additional Information:

  • Preference will be given for NEW, rather than continuing, experiences (i.e. starting a new internship, as opposed to continuing in a position from a previous semester or summer).
  • These funds are NOT designated for study abroad experiences. Visit the Education Abroad Scholarships page to learn more about study abroad funding.
  • Students may apply for funding for more than one experience per application cycle, but may only receive funding for one experience.
  • Applicants will be required to submit verification of the experience. If verification is not submitted funds must be refunded to SPH.
  • Funds may not be used for tuition.
  • Applicants must provide a projected itemized statement of how funds will be utilized.
  • Recipients will be recognized at the School of Public Health’s Convocation Ceremony in May.

​For SPH undergraduate students to apply, please click here, https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/jfe/form/SV_6X64CeZQtBUI7op

For SPH graduate students please visit: http://sph.umd.edu/content/graduate-student-fellowships

Brooks' scholarship filled the financial gap he faced to register for his last semester of classes. Why not help make that difference for another future public health leader? Give now: go.umd.edu/gdph

Posted by University of Maryland School of Public Health on Thursday, March 3, 2016


Other strategies for identifying financial support to afford college include applying for national grants, local scholarships, and public service programs. National grants include Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants, and National SMART Grants. Ask your guidance counselor for assistance identifying other grant programs. Many local civic and religious institutions often have financial aid available in the form of scholarships. Contact those organizations in your home community and with which you and your family are involved to learn what is available. Finally, public service programs, such as Peace Corp, AmeriCorps, National Health Services Corps, and ROTC programs offer college money in exchange for a service commitment after college. Explore these options to see if one might fit with your academic and career goals.

UMD Career Center Bright Futures

The Bright Futures Unpaid Internship Scholarship awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $250-$1,250 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid internships. If you are an undergraduate student who has secured an unpaid internship with a non-profit or government agency you are eligible to apply.

To apply for this scholarship, or for more information, please click here.

Other Financial Aid Options

The Federal Government provides aid to more than 10 million students each year with grants, low interest loans and work-study programs. The Federal student aid programs are the largest source of student aid in America. These programs provide more than $80 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance.

Freshman applying to the University of Maryland will automatically be considered for several university scholarships. Transfer students may apply for the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship if they qualify. 

Scholarships may be also available from the Federal and State government, local companies or your parent's workplace.

For additional information on scholarships and financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.


For SPH Graduate Students, please visit: http://sph.umd.edu/content/graduate-student-fellowships.