National Scholarships Office
National scholarships are highly competitive, prestigious awards that provide support for a wide range of enriching experiences, including study abroad, graduate study, federal employment, language learning, teaching, research, and public service.
The National Scholarships Office at the University of Maryland aims to provide undergraduates with the best possible information, for guidance and support as they learn about and apply for national scholarships.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about national scholarship opportunities, and to contact us with any questions you may have. You can request an appointment or send us a question by email.
UMD Leads Boren Scholarship Awards for Third Year
For the third consecutive year, the University of Maryland leads the nation in Boren Scholarships – with 12 UMD undergraduates receiving awards for intensive international language study. This year's recipients will study seven languages in eight countries, including Brazil, Morocco, Senegal, Mozambique, Jordan, India, China and South Korea. The Boren Scholarship provides up to $20,000 for long-term (two semester or longer), language-focused study abroad.
In addition, two graduate students at UMD have each received a $24,000 Boren Fellowship for language study and research in South Africa and China. These fellowships can also provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the international component.
This year, 165 Boren Scholarships were offered from a pool of 868 applications. Maryland's 12 awards this year are a new record, surpassing last year's total of 10. Maryland ranked No. 1 in the nation for Boren Scholarships in 2012 and 2013. Read about Maryland’s newest Boren Scholars and Fellows here. (Carrie Hildebrandt, left and Joanne Angbazo, right)
Fang Cao Selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar
Fang Cao, a junior double majoring in biological sciences and computer science, is Maryland’s newest Truman Scholar. The Truman Scholarship is the nation’s most selective and prestigious award for undergraduates with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service. This year 59 Truman Scholars were selected from a pool of 655 students nominated by 294 universities nationwide. Cao is the fifth UMD student to receive the Truman in the past seven years.
Cao has extensive leadership and community service accomplishments. As a sophomore, he founded a program at a local high school to tutor disadvantaged minority students in college-level biology. With Cao’s help, the school’s average AP biology exam score improved significantly. Inspired by these results, he founded an additional tutoring program at the school to help students obtain their high school diploma and consider attending community and four-year colleges. The program now has two-dozen UMD students serving as mentors.
“I plan to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for disadvantaged students an important aspect of my career as a scientist,” said Cao, who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. “My commitment to this area is motivated from my own childhood experiences, having parents who were early in their STEM careers so they didn’t have a lot of money. We lived in impoverished neighborhoods in the United States and England. High school provided me great educational opportunities, but I also witnessed the struggles of classmates whose parents could not help them with their homework in their STEM courses like my parents. I want to help these disadvantaged students succeed in achieving their dreams of a college education and STEM careers, if they so choose.”
Three UMD Students Earn the Goldwater Scholarship
Three University of Maryland students have been awarded scholarships by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages students to pursue advanced study and careers in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. A fourth student received honorable mention.
UMD juniors Geoffrey Ji, Michael Mandler, and Rafael Setra were among the 283 Goldwater Scholars selected from 1,166 students nominated nationally this year (pictured above left to right). Junior Daniel Farias received honorable mention (pictured left). After earning doctoral degrees, all four will continue their research while teaching at the university level.
Ji is majoring in physics, mathematics, economics, and computer science. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics and conduct research in atomic and molecular optics (AMO). Mandler is a double major in chemistry and biological sciences. He plans to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and conduct research on synthesizing bioactive moleculesy. Setra is a double major in mathematics and electrical engineering. After earning a Ph.D. in electrical engineering he will conduct research in signal processing. Farias is a triple major in computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics. He will pursue a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering. Read more
UMD Senior Erin Hylton Named a 2014 Marshall Scholar
University of Maryland Senior Erin Hylton, a civil engineering major in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, has been named a 2014 Marshall Scholar. She is one of 34 Marshall Scholars selected from a pool of more than 900 nominees nationwide to receive a scholarship, which fully supports two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom.
“Erin's achievement places her in the front ranks of aspiring global leaders and reminds us all of the outstanding caliber of Maryland’s students,” said History Professor Richard Bell, UMD’s faculty advisor for U.K. postgraduate fellowships.
Founded by a 1953 Act of the United Kingdom Parliament, and named in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the Marshall Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan, which contributed vitally to the reconstruction of Europe following World War II, and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. Prominent Marshall Scholars include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Thomas Friedman.
Hylton, who is currently studying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has focused her academic and future professional pursuits on water resource engineering and aims to devote her career to improving water resource access and quality in the developing world. With the support of the Marshall Scholarship program, Erin will first pursue a master’s degree in hydrology and sustainable development at Imperial College London, followed by a master’s degree in water science, policy and management at the University of Oxford. Read more
Hiji Nam and Kai Dambach win the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Fellowship
This August Hiji Nam and Kai Dambach will begin a yearlong CBYX Fellowship in Germany. Program fellows assume the role of cultural ambassador as they participate in intensive German language training, university study, and a professional internship. Funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, this competitive program awards fellowships to 75 American and 75 German young professionals.
Nam is a senior Art History and Government and Politics double major and Germanic Studies minor. During fall 2012 she studied art history, German, and political theory at Free University of Berlin. She is completing her senior thesis on the German New Objectivity artist, Christian Schad. Dambach is a 2013 alumus with a double major in Germanic Studies and Broadcast Journalism. In spring 2012 Dambach studied abroad at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. He is currently interning with the German media outlet, Deutsche Welle, and working for Sirius XM and Soccer Wire.
Winston Liu is UMD's First Whitaker International Scholarship Recipient
Winston Liu, a junior bioengineering major, has been awarded a Whitaker International Scholarship to support his planned study abroad at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. Winston plans to take bioengineering coursework while in Spain, including courses in his special area of interest, bioimaging.
The Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides funding of up to $7,500 to increase the number of undergraduates in biomedical engineering (BME) who go abroad; to provide the opportunity for students to see BME from an international perspective early in their educations, and to develop students to become future leaders in BME.
Fifteen Maryland Students and Alumni Win Fulbright Grants for 2013-14
Maryland’s newest recipients of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program's awards will travel to 12 countries on five continents. They will carry out projects in fields such as theatre studies, government and politics, environmental conservation, history, geography, and education policy. Others will teach English at schools and universities. Two recipients also received the Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award for advanced language training.
Among the recipients this year is Negar Ashtari Abay, a Ph.D. student in the College of Education’s Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. Negar will research the experiences of women secondary school teachers in Ethiopia during their university training, transition to work, and first year of teaching.
Alex Gittelson, a 2009 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will examine alternatives to agricultural burning in Russia. He is currently an international affairs specialist with the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, focusing on policy issues related to energy, climate, safety, and security.
A 2013 graduate of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, Katherine Rennenkampf will teach English in Indonesia while researching Indonesia's recent steps in reforming its mathematics curricula. Upon her return from Indonesia, she plans to take an assignment as a Teach for America corps member.
Read more about Maryland's newest Fulbrighters.