Maryland Scholars Program

A world of possibility awaits you, but so do a lot of questions and concerns.

You want Goucher College to be a part of your future, but can you and your family afford it? And what will be expected of you once you are enrolled?

You know you have the drive, the desire, and the potential to make the most of a Goucher education – you just need the financial support to make it happen.

The Maryland Scholars Program (MSP) makes a Goucher education accessible to eligible first-generation Maryland residents from underserved socio-economic communities. Through additional financial support and participation in the LAUNCH Network, Maryland Scholars have the opportunity to experience a multidisciplinary liberal arts education with a global emphasis that will prepare you for the careers of the future. 

Another program benefit is our Summer LAUNCH Program, which is a two-week program in August where you will have the opportunity to participate in academic sessions, learn about the campus, develop relationships with a select group of students of first-year students, meet Goucher faculty and staff, and become more academically ready to start college, all at no cost.

Qualifications for the Maryland Scholars Program

  • Be a resident of Maryland
  • Be a first-generation college bound student, defined as follows:
    • Parents have not earned a bachelors degree
    • Parents have not earned a bachelors degree in the United States
    • Parents did not earn a non-vocational degree or certification; OR
    • Sibling(s) and/or parent earned a bachelors degree as a non-traditional student
  • Meet the academic and income guidelines set by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant
  • Be Pell Grant Eligible
  • Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), available after October 1, for federal and state aid consideration. It is strongly recommended that the FAFSA be submitted by March 1.
  • Be admitted to Goucher College through the non-binding Early Action or Regular Decision entrance plan

How to Apply

Submit the Common Application and required supporting documents by January 15 (non-binding) Regular Decision entrance plan of your senior year.


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