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Programs for Undergraduates

Two prominent scholarship programs honor and offer financial support to students who are in the last two years of undergraduate study. These programs can be stepping stones to graduate fellowships. A third scholarship is awarded to juniors and provides a bridge into graduate or professional study.


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship program accepts applications from sophomores and juniors (defined as students who expect to spend one to two more years to complete their undergraduate degrees).  The program is named for former Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who was committed to encouraging Americans to pursue careers in science and mathematics.  Goldwater Scholars receive 1-2 years of support for college expenses, up to $7,500 per year.

More importantly, they receive a crucial stamp of approval indicating that they have the potential to excel nationally and internationally as scholars, researchers, and professors in their respective fields.  A significant number of Goldwater Scholars later compete successfully for prestigious graduate fellowships and scholarships, such as the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships.

2004 UMBC Goldwater Scholar

Kenneth Gibbs

“My research experience has allowed me to apply what I learn in the classroom and develop my critical thinking skills. Professor of Biological Sciences Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg has been a great mentor during my project; she advised me about graduate schools and allowed me to travel to scientific conferences.”  Gibbs graduated from UMBC in May 2005 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in immunology at Stanford University.


Sophomores and Juniors studying in fields related to understanding and preservation of the natural environment, such as geography, biology, and geology are invited to apply for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Similar to the Goldwater Scholars, Udall Scholars receive modest amounts of support for undergraduate study for 1-2 years (up to $5,000 per year).  Udall Scholars also have an opportunity to meet like-minded students from across the country at the August scholar orientation program, which is mandatory for all recipients. Arizona Congressman Udall was a staunch advocate for the environment and the application for this scholarship includes writing an essay about Udall’s contributions to the environmental movement.  Additional scholarships are available to native American applicants, in a wider variety of fields.


Juniors aspiring to careers in public service (government, advocacy, and/or education) may apply for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Named for the former President and Senator from Missouri, this scholarship funds a 10-week Summer Institute in Washington, D.C. held just after college graduation as well as up to $15,000 per year for two years of graduate or professional study related to public service.  Receiving a Truman award can be extremely helpful in the graduate and professional school admission process. The program also provides support to students in clarifying their goals and deciding which programs to apply for and to accept if offered admission.  The Truman program has a new public service requirement, which means that Truman awardees are obligated to work in public service for a number of years after completing their graduate or professional programs.

For general information about applying for Prestigious Scholarships at UMBC:

Ms. Nancy L. Miller
Coordinator of Special Projects


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