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Academic Excellence Scholarship

College of Southern Maryland offers an Academic Excellence Scholarship program for qualified graduates of area high schools. One recipient from each of the Charles County and St. Mary’s 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. 


WHO MAY APPLY?


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Charles or St. Mary’s County
  • Be a graduating senior in a public school in Charles or St. Mary’s County
  • Have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Enroll as a full time student while attending CSM

HOW TO APPLY


To apply for the Academic Excellence Scholarship, applicants must:

  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (CSM’s school code: 002064)
  • Apply to CSM using our online application
  • Submit official high school transcripts with SAT/ACT scores
  • Apply by deadline of March 31 of the year he/she will be entering the program

Applications are due March 31:

Apply for the Charles County
Academic Excellence Scholarship
Apply for the St. Mary's County
Academic Excellence Scholarship


GUIDELINES FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP


  • Prior to July 1, submit final high school transcript, showing final GPA and conferring of diploma
  • Enroll full-time (a minimum of 12 credit hours) at CSM
  • Submit a graduation plan and meet with a CSM Academic Advisor each semester to ensure the student remains on track to graduate from CSM
  • Select an Associate’s Degree program of study which is eligible for financial aid
  • Attend the Annual CSM Foundation Scholarship reception during the fall semester, and complete two volunteer hours in the Development Department
  • Submit a thank you note to the donor (CSM Foundation)

 

IN ORDER TO RENEW THE SCHOLARSHIP, ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO:


  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at CSM at the completion of each semester
  • Remain in compliance with CSM’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards (financial aid)
  • Meet with a CSM advisor each semester to track degree completion progress and submit revised graduation plan (if applicable)
  • Attend the Annual CSM Foundation Scholarship reception during the fall semester, and complete two volunteer hours in the Development Department
  • Submit a thank you note to the donor (CSM Foundation)
  • This scholarship may be used for four consecutive semesters (Fall & Spring) as long as all criteria are met. The criteria are subject to change without notice.