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 - Apply now
Use this application to apply for 180 different scholarships with a wide range of eligibility requirements. Awards range from $200 to $3,000 per year. Most, but not all of these scholarships require financial need. You can apply for these scholarships online, but must wait until you have been offered admission and granted access to MyAACC. Please note there is a deadline of April 15 to receive priority consideration for Institutional Scholarships. Equally important, AACC must have received your FAFSA and all requested documentation to be considered.
2. Engineering Scholars Program:
If you are interested in the ESP program and would like to apply, you must meet the following requirements:
- Have a strong interest in pursuing a career in Engineering or 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 currently or for the semester after you apply for ESP program
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
- Submit a FAFSA form along with your application to document you need financial assistance
Learn more about the Engineering Scholars Program.
3. Departmental Scholarships
Several academic departments offer and administer their own scholarships. Please contact the departments directly for more information about these scholarships. For your convenience, here are some of the department home pages which offer departmental scholarships:
Entrepreneurial Studies (Ratcliffe Scholarship)
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.