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.
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. Please see the Admissions Office scholarship page for the most up-to-date information on scholarships for new students.
Maryland Scholarships & 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 FAFSA or MSFAA (for qualified children of undocumented immigrants who are ineligible to receive federal aid using the 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 & Grants (non-Maryland)
Some states 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 in 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, and some may have very specialized eligibility requirements. Outside scholarships will have a separate application process to follow from whatever organization is offering the scholarship. Please see our Outside Scholarships page for additional information.
There are all kinds of scholarships out there waiting for you!