Scholarships are an excellent way to add to your financial aid. Like grants, they are "gift aid" which does not need to be repaid. Grants are usually based on financial need, and scholarships are based on merit or some other kind of eligibility requirement such as major, class year, gender, ethnicity, or faith. Most scholarships have a separate application process.
Main sources of scholarships are:
Goucher College Scholarships
Goucher College awards a variety of scholarships to our students. Many scholarships are awarded to new incoming students during the admissions process, and are renewable provided the student maintains the requirements for the scholarship. Goucher endowed scholarships may be awarded to returning students based on highly specialized eligibility requirements such as class year, major, GPA, athletic participation, and more. Students will be contacted if they are eligible for an endowed scholarship.
New scholarships and programs become available periodically. Please see the Admissions Office scholarship page for the most up-to-date information on scholarships for new students.
Maryland Scholarships and Grants
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) offers a variety of state scholarships and grants. To be considered for need-based Maryland aid, students must complete their Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA) by March 1st annually and be a legal resident of Maryland.
MHEC scholarships include merit-based scholarships, need-based, career-based scholarships, legislative scholarships, and scholarships for unique populations. Most of these scholarships will have a separate application process. For the most up-to-date information on Maryland financial aid programs, visit the MHEC web page.
State Scholarships and Grants (non-Maryland)
There are states that provide state funding for residents who attend an out of state school. Students who are not Maryland residents should check with the higher education agency for their state of residence for available programs and eligibility requirements. Find your state agency here using the nasfaa.org search tool.
Private Outside Scholarships
Private outside scholarship come from a wide variety of sources. Please see our Outside Scholarships page for additional information.
There are all kinds of scholarships out there waiting for you!