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Higher Education in Maryland


The William Donald Schaefer Scholarship Program has been consolidated into the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program. 


If you received an award under the WDS program name, you agreed to begin employment in the State within one year after completion of your degree program.  You are required to perform the service obligation one year for each year, or portion thereof, that you received the scholarship.  The service obligation begins after completion of the degree program, and cannot be fulfilled prior to completion. If you held this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years.

Eligible employment is defined as employment in government at any level, public interest organizations, public schools, and nonprofit organizations under 501(C-3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons, or disabled individuals, or to protect the environment.

All new awards made in these majors or occupational fields are now made under the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program.  Please visit our website for information on the WSSAG grant program and for program application information.


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