Future Students


2016-17 Awards
Applications received by April 15 receive priority consideration.

Scholarships may be available to help you pay for your college education. A scholarship is financial aid that you do not have to pay back. AACC and many other organizations offer scholarships. Deadlines and requirements vary so be sure to read the applications carefully.

We strongly encourage you to apply for all available AACC and external scholarships. The best time to start collecting information is now!

AACC Scholarships

1. Apply for AACC Institutional Scholarships:

  • Our scholarship application process is easy. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), apply for admission to AACC, and complete the scholarship application through your MyAACC.
  • We have half a million dollars in scholarship money to award students each academic year. Adult learners, students right out of high school – everyone at AACC is eligible to apply. 
  • The AACC Foundation manages nearly 200 different scholarship funds from generous donors, with individual awards that range from $200 to $4,000.
  • Applications received by April 15 will receive priority consideration.

2. Apply for the En­gineering Scholars Program (ESP):

If you ­are interested in the ESP scholarship and would like to apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a strong interest in pursuing a career in Engineering or the Engineering Technologies field.
  • Have a desire to become actively engaged in your learning by conducting research or participating in an internship.
  • Be enrolled full time at AACC as an Engineering or Engineering Technologies major, or be enrolled full time for the semester after you apply for ESP.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Submit a FAFSA along with your application to document that you need financial assistance.

 3.  Apply for Continuing Education Scholarships:

  • Continuing Education Job Training Scholarship funds pay 75% of the total tuition and fees for courses within approved certificate programs, as listed on the scholarship application.
  • Scholarships will be awarded as funds are available.
  • Funds are limited, so students are encouraged to apply early.

4.  Apply for Departmental Scholarships:

Several academic departments offer and administer their own scholarships. Contact the departments directly for more information about these scholarships. For your convenience, here are some of the departments which offer departmental scholarships: 

State Scholarships

Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

MHEC offers at least 14 different aid programs for community college students. To apply for many, but not all, of these programs you must submit a FAFSA by March 1. Most of the programs also require an additional application. View a summary of MHEC programs.

Some MHEC programs have very broad eligibility criteria. Some require financial need. Many are based on student or parent membership in a unique group (veterans, Maryland National Guard, foster care, Military Service in Iraq or Afghanistan, etc.). Other programs are targeted toward specific career fields such as child care, education, emergency medical services, gerontology, human services, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and public service.
View a full description of all available MHEC programs PDF

See if you qualify for The Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program.PDF

Outside Scholarships

Visit Federal Student Aid - Scholarships for scholarship search tips and resources.  Remember to start your scholarship search early and be aware of application deadlines.

The following websites offer online scholarship search engines. You may also contact local clubs or other organizations to determine whether they offer scholarships. 

Before you apply for financial aid and scholarships, visit Federal Student Aid - Avoiding Scams to learn how to spot potential fraud, avoid paying for free services, and prevent identity theft.

Depending on the type and amount of the award, "need-based" aid may have to be adjusted if a student receives additional outside scholarships.

Transfer Scholarships

To search for Transfer Scholarships (Regents, Jack Kent Cooke, UMUC, etc) review our List of Transfer Scholarships. If you are transferring to another school, contact their Financial Aid and/or Admissions Office and apply for any transfer scholarships that they offer.