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Financial Assistance

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Title IV Federal School Code: 002064

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College of Southern Maryland
Financial Assistance (FAD)
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910


Scholarships at CSM are sponsored by the college, the state of Maryland, and by private organizations, businesses, and individuals. Some scholarships are administered through the Financial Assistance Department.

To be considered for scholarships administered by the Financial Assistance Department, students must complete Step.1 Applying for Financial Assistance section. Unless noted below, there is no separate application for these programs. Upon selection by the College's Scholarship Committee, recipients will be notified. Special Note: Programs below that have an "*" require the FAFSA to be filed by March 1.

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CSM Online Scholarship Finder: CSM has an online application for CSM Scholarships. Each year the college awards scholarships in a number of academic programs of study and to students with varying backgrounds and needs. Award amounts vary. For complete details view the Scholarship Finder website.

CSM STEM Scholars Program Scholarships: The CSM STEM Scholars Program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).† Students who are entering high school graduates or current CSM students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.† The objective of the CSM STEM Scholarship is to provide educational opportunities to financially needy and academically talented students through scholarships that promote full-time enrollment and degree achievement.† For eligibility criteria and scholarship application information view the STEM Scholarship website.

NRC and CENG Scholarships: The NRC and CENG Scholarship program is funded by a grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, LLC (CENG), a joint venture of Constellation Energy and the EDF Group.† Students pursuing the Associate in Applied Sience degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET) can apply for these scholarships.† The objective of the scholarships is to provide educational opportunities to academically talented students who wish to pursue careers in the nuclear energy field.† These scholarships also promote full-time enrollment and degree achievement.†† For eligibility criteria and scholarship application information view the NET Scholarship website.

Student Ambassador Scholarships: Students who are selected to become Student Ambassadors may be eligible to receive a scholarship. Students must already have completed 12 credit hours, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA,and be currently enrolled in at least 6 credits in order to apply. Students must meet minimum service requirements for the Admissions Department and the CSM Foundation. Those who receive the scholarship will be notified and the award will be made at the end of the semester after completing the requirements. Please see the following page for official details:

Continuing Education Tuition Assistance: The College of Southern Maryland offers financial assistance for students that meet specific criteria who are enrolled in eligible Continuing Education occupational and workforce training programs. If the student meets all of the eligibility guidelines, they could be granted 50% of the cost of the class. Eligible courses are those classes over $300 that are included as requirements for continuing education certificates. Please contact Continuing Education for more information

Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation Scholarship: These awards are made to graduating high school seniors from Charles County high schools who plan to attend CSM. Eligibility is based on the community service and academic achievement of the applicant. Contact the College and Career Advisor at your high school for additional information.

CSM Academic Excellence Scholarship: To recognize high achieving students who have demonstrated outstanding ability, achievement, and potential, the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) offers an Academic Excellence Scholarship program for qualified graduates of area high schools. One recipient from each of the Charles County and St. Maryís County public high schools may be awarded the Academic Excellence Scholarship. This $2,000 award provides $500 per semester for four consecutive semesters at CSM. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative CSM GPA, enroll in 12 or more credit hours each semester, and meet with a CSM Academic Advisor each semester to ensure the student remains on track to graduate in two years. This scholarship is only available for the fall and spring semesters. For eligibility criteria and scholarship application information view the Academic Excellence Scholarship website.



To be considered for these scholarships, the student must apply directly to the sponsoring organization. The organization then screens the applications and makes the scholarship selection.

Maryland State Scholarships: The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), under the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), administers several programs, the largest of which are: the MD Educational Assistance Grant, the MD Senatorial Scholarship, the MD House of Delegates Scholarship, MD State Nursing Scholarship, MD Child Care Provider Scholarship, MD Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Workforce Tuition Assistance Program, MD Guaranteed Access Grant, MD Sharon Christa McAuliffe Memorial Teacher Education Award, and the MD HOPE Scholarship. For further information or to check on the status of any awards offered to you by the OSFA, visit MHEC's website at or contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, or by phone at 800-974-0203.

Burger King Scholarship Fund: The Burger King Scholarship Fund, sponsored by Kathleen and William Neblett of KBJN, Inc., a franchisee of Burger King, will provide students with an award of $500.00 per semester towards tuition and fees at CSM. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must: enroll at least part-time in a program of study at CSM, maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average each semester, and either be employed or obtain employment at a Burger King restaurant owned by Kathleen and William Neblett for a minimum of 20 hours per week. The scholarship will remain in effect during the student's tenure of employment at a Burger King restaurant owned by Kathleen and William Neblett.

Charles County Arts Alliance Scholarship:† Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance awards $1,000.00 scholarships to one outstanding graduating senior from each high school and one graduating student from CSM who plan to continue studying the arts (performing, visual or literary) at a four-­-year college or university.† For eligibility and application information, please click here.

Charles County Scholarship Fund, Inc.: Students can apply for several different scholarships through this fund, some usable at CSM only, others for the college of the student's choice. Applications are available from the financial assistance office at CSM, each high school guidance office, or from Ms. Brenda Smith, Board of Education, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646.† Applications are also available online at:† Applications for the upcoming school year are generally available in mid December.†

Civista Hospital Auxiliary-Health Career Scholarships: The Civista Auxiliary offers several scholarships each year to students residing in Charles County. Applications are available at CSM and high school guidance offices, as well as from the Civista Auxiliary Scholarship Committee, c/o Civista Hospital, La Plata, MD 20646. †

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC): Two scholarships for tuition, fees and books. For residents of St. Mary's and Calvert County. Must affirm intention to apply to the SMD-ME. POC: Dr. Joseph Anderson, 301-737-5708. Details located at

Indian Head Lions Club Scholarship: This award is available to a graduating senior from Lackey High School who is a Charles County resident and who plans to attend CSM. Application is available through the guidance office at Lackey High School.

McDonough Charity School Scholarship: Award amounts for this scholarship vary and may be used toward the cost of tuition and fees. Applicants must reside in the exact geographic area of Charles County prescribed in Maurice McDonough's will. Applications are available from McDonough High School or the McDonough Charity School, P. O. Box 607, La Plata, MD 20646.

The Patuxent Partnership "Pathways to Engineering" Scholarship to College of Southern Maryland: The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) will provide a scholarship of $7,500 / year, renewable, to an eligible student enrolled in the CSM Pathways to Engineering program. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, remain in good academic and disciplinary standing, provide grades and progress reports to TPP Chair with four weeks of each semesterís completion, must notify† TPP scholarship coordinator of any changes in major or academic progress. If applicant is awarded scholarship and proceeds to change major to a field of study not approved by TPP, the recipient will have to reimburse TPP for total of scholarship funds remitted. The Patuxent Partnership will provide on behalf of the scholarship recipient an award of up to $7,500 per year made payable to CSM and recipient, that will be applied only towards tuition, lab fees, and books. (Transportation costs may be† considered by special request.) TPP will provide some assistance to the scholarship recipient with information about career relevant internship opportunities during the summer (internships are not guaranteed).And TPP will provide the recipient with a mentor (TPP Member) to assist in developing and implementing a career development plan. Upon graduation from CSM, the scholarship recipient will enroll in the University of Maryland Mechanical Engineering Program taught at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC).† Application information available at:

Sabre Systems Inc: Multiple $1000 non-renewable scholarships for STEM studies available to high school graduates from the tri-county area. Under Careers and STEM at: