Scholarships. The word conjures up star quality--awarded to the best of the best, but that's not true. Sure, some scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, but not all of them--and so many go unawarded. AACC and many other organizations offer scholarships that may be within your reach. They have various deadlines and requirements but it's worth your time to investigate these opportunities.
A few of our scholarships are only available to graduating high school seniors, but most are open to all entering or returning students. We strongly encourage you to apply for all available AACC and external scholarships. Several hours of time spent on applications could lead to several hundred or thousand dollars in scholarships. The best time to start collecting information is now!
Deadlines: Scholarship deadlines vary from January to May and usually apply to the entire following academic year (fall-spring-summer).
1. Institutional Scholarship Application
Use this application to apply for 140 different scholarships with a wide range of eligibility requirements. Awards range from $50 to $3,000 per year. Most, but not all of these scholarships require financial need. Apply by May 1 for Fall and Spring scholarships or by November 1 for Spring scholarships. You can apply for these scholarships online, but must wait until you have been offered admission and granted access to MyAACC. To apply go to STARS Online with your student ID number.
Your student ID is listed on your class schedule or on your bill. If you are having trouble with your login, please contact the AACC Help Desk at 410-777-HELP. If you haven't applied for admission yet, please apply through the Admissions Office
. To see a full description of these 140 scholarships, see the Student Financial Services section of the college catalog
2. Engineering Scholars Program: Increasing Access and Diversity Scholarship
Students who declare or intend to declare a major in one of the following programs may be eligible for this scholarship:
- Associate of Applied Science in Engineering/Electronics
- Associate of Applied Science in Engineering/Technology-Telecommunications
- Associate of Science in Engineering/Electrical
- Associate of Science in Engineering Transfer
Learn more about eligibility and program requirements on the Engineering Scholars Program Application.PDF Also, check out an informative video about what the scholarship program has to offer on the Engineering Scholars Program Page.
3. Departmental Scholarships
Several academic departments offer and administer their own scholarships. If you are a student athlete or a student in one of these departments, please contact them for more information:
Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Theater Arts
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 them 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, and other groups). 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
See if you qualify for The Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program.PDF
Depending on the type and amount of the award, "need-based" aid MAY need to be adjusted if a student receives additional outside scholarships. To search for Outside Scholarships, check out the following links:
Also, check out Additional Tips on Searching for Outside Scholarships and helpful information about Avoiding Scholarship Scams.
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 offices and/or Admissions Offices and apply for any transfer scholarships that they offer.