The Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program provides generous four-year awards often covering the greater part of the cost of attendance at UMBC. Selected scholars will be offered scholarships ranging from $5000 to $22,000 annually.
The Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program is more than just a scholarship. Sondheim Scholars are part of a learning community of like-minded students interested in public service. Students take courses together as a cohort, and become actively involved in their community through service and leadership. They meet with well-known researchers and public leaders to discuss career opportunities and the important problems of society. Students intern in local, state, and federal government agencies and with non-profit organizations, applying their classroom work to the real world. Students perform independent research with faculty mentors, and go on to top graduate and law schools. This model of service, internships and research helps prepare Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars for careers in the public interest, and for lives as involved citizens.