Senatorial Scholarship

Who may apply: Current high school seniors and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Students attending a private career school may also apply.

How to apply: Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If your State senator makes his/her own awards, you must call or write to your legislator for further instructions. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) can provide a list of all State legislators.

When to apply: Complete and file the FAFSA at by March 1. Contact your State senator in February for further instructions.

Eligible majors: All majors are eligible.

​​*Program Update*

Scholarship can be used at out-of-state institutions if the applicant is on active duty with the U.S Military and domiciled in the State.

​You may use this scholarship at an out-of-state school if your major is not available at any Maryland institution and if your senator agrees. In order to verify your major as unique, you must complete the Unique Major Application and submit it to MHEC with the required documentation. Allow 8 weeks for processing.


You and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university, as a full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student, or attend certain private career schools. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time status. You must demonstrate financial need. You must take the SAT 1 or the ACT unless you graduated from high school five or more years ago; have earned 24 college credit hours; or are attending a community college or a private career school.


Some State senators have OSFA make awards for them. These awards are made on the basis of financial need as demonstrated on the FAFSA.


​2017-2018 Award Minimum: $400

2017-2018 Award Maximum: $11,530​

The minimum annual award amount is $400 and the maximum award is $11,530. You may hold the Senatorial Scholarship with all State awards. The total dollar amount of all State awards may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your school’s financial aid office, or $19,000, whichever is less. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.


If you received a renewable award, your award will be renewed automatically as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress at the college you attend. Full-time students may receive a Senatorial Scholarship for total of four years. Part-time students may receive a Senatorial Scholarship for a total of eight years.


Download 2017-2018 Conditions of Award (PDF)

Download 2017-2018 Conditions of Award Renewal (PDF)​

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If you do not know how to contact your State senator or delegates, go to or call the Board of Supervisors of Elections for your county:

County Phone Number
Allegany County: (301) 777-5931
Anne Arundel County: (410) 222-6600
Baltimore County: (410) 887-5700
Baltimore City: (410) 396-5550
Calvert County: (410) 535-2214
Caroline County: (410) 479-8145
Carroll County: (410) 386-2080
Cecil County: (410) 996-5310
Charles County: (301) 934-8972
Dorchester County: (410) 228-2560
Frederick County: (301) 600-8683
Garrett County: (301) 334-6985
Harford County: (410) 638-3565
Howard County: (410) 313-5820
Kent County: (410) 778-0038
Montgomery County: (240) 777-8500
Prince George's County: (301) 430-8020
Queen Anne's County: (410) 758-0832
St. Mary's County: (301) 475-7844
Somerset County: (410) 651-0767
Talbot County: (410) 770-8099
Washington County: (240) 313-2050
Wicomico County: (410) 548-4830
Worcester County: (410) 632-1320

The ​Senatorial Scholarship program regulations have been published online under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). Please click the following link to access the program regulations:​

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