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.
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 the Nation with 10 Boren Scholarships
For the second consecutive year, the University of Maryland ranks first in the nation in Boren Scholarships, with ten undergraduates receiving the award for study in 2013-14. Administered by the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholars may receive up to $20,000 for long-term language study in regions important to U.S. national security. Nationally, over 1,000 students applied for 160 Boren Scholarships. Maryland students will study in Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Russia, Tanzania, and Turkey. Read about Marylandís newest Boren Scholars here. (Chineme Ezekwenna, pictured left)
Mohammad Zia Selected as a 2013 Truman Scholar
Mohammad Zia, a junior majoring in Individual Studies, is Marylandís newest Truman Scholar. The Truman Scholarship is the nationís most selective and prestigious award for underclassmen with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service. This year 62 Truman Scholars were selected from a pool of 629 students nominated by 293 universities nationwide.
Mohammad has extensive leadership and community service accomplishments. He has been president of TerpSTAND at UMD, Coordinator for the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program, and has volunteered at orphanages and youth service centers in Tanzania, Morocco, and Senegal. He has held federal government internships with the Department of Justice and USAID, and is currently interning at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, in the Office of Public Affairs. Last summer he participated in the Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, and he has won a fellowship to attend the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) summer institute at Princeton University this summer. Mohammadís long-term aim is ďto work on improving diplomatic and economic relations between the United States and Muslim majority nations.Ē
He is a member of the University Honors Program, and a recipient of the Honors College Portz Award for students combining exceptional academic achievement and a strong commitment to public service.
Sophia Sanborn Awarded the Beinecke Scholarship
Sophia Sanborn, a Philosophy and Linguistics double major, has been named a 2013 Beinecke Scholar. Awarded to juniors with serious plans for doctoral studies in the arts, humanities, or social sciences, the Beinecke Scholarship is a prestigious and highly selective national award that provides $34,000 in support of graduate education. Sophia plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in Cognitive Science.
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.
UMD sophomores Fang Cao (above right) and Stephen Randall (lower left), and junior Noah Roth Mandell (lower right) were among the 271 scholars selected from 1,107 students nominated this year.
Cao, a double major in neuroscience and computer science, is a member of the first cohort of the Integrated Life Sciences program in the Honors College. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Randall is a double major in physics and mathematics and plans to pursue a doctorate in theoretical physics. Mandell, a physics majors, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics. You can read more here.
Krzysztof Franaszek Named Gates Cambridge Scholar
Krzysztof Franaszek, a senior majoring in Biological Sciences and Economics, is one of 39 outstanding seniors and recent graduates from across the country to be selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. This is the University of Marylandís first. The scholarship is awarded to exceptional applicants to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge with the goal of improving the lives of others. At Cambridge Krzysztof will pursue a MPhil in Biological Science (Pathology). Read more about Krzystzof and his research here.
A record 17 Maryland Students Win the Gilman International Scholarship for Study Abroad in Spring 2013
This spring, Maryland's Gilman recipients will study in 12 countries ranging from China to the United Arab Emirates and to Russia. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. You can read about the most recent recipients in Maryland International. (Lamar Rogers, pictured right)
Sixteen Maryland Students and Alumni Win Fulbright Grants for 2012-13
Marylandís Fulbrighters will travel to 14 different countries on four continents to carry out projects in fields ranging from government and politics to environmental conversation. Two recipients also received the Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award for advanced language training. Read more about Maryland's newest Fulbright scholars in this article from Maryland International, the newsletter of the University of Maryland's Institute for International Programs. (Kelly Haisfield, pictured right, Indonesia)