The Frederick Douglass Scholarship (FDS) is a prestigious University of Maryland (UMD) award for academically talented transfer students from a Maryland community college. This merit-based scholarship awards 30 full and 15 partial tuition scholarships to students who are selected from a rigorous review and interview process. This exceptional academic scholarship honors the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, who made lasting contributions to American history through his work as an abolitionist, suffragist, author and agent of positive change.
Frederick Douglass Scholarship
- 1 March 2023
To be considered for merit scholarships, students must submit a completed undergraduate admission application for the fall semester by the March 1 early action deadline. Students are only eligible to receive one merit scholarship. All merit scholarship decisions are based on academic and applicant information at the time of applying, not current or ongoing work.
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o apply for the Frederick Douglass Scholarship, candidates must submit the following required materials by March 1: • A completed transfer application for admission. • A completed FDS application. o Fall semester applicants must complete the FDS application online by March 1 to be considered for the scholarship. o Newly admitted Spring semester transfer students are eligible to apply for the FDS by filling out the online application by March 1. • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. • An activities and awards list or resume detailing your extracurricular and personal activities, including dates, and describing your involvement and participation. • A 500 word, typed and double-spaced essay on the following topic: o Describe the neighborhood or community you grew up in. How has it shaped your dreams and aspirations, and how do you intend to use your educational and professional goals to impact the UMD and beyond? • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a community college faculty member and one from an individual of your choosing. All recommendation letters must be submitted directly from the recommenders.