Group photo of 2019-2020 Jaycees Scholars
2019-2020 Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation scholarship recipients

There are numerous scholarships available to CSM students, whether they're based on financial need, academic achievements, or interests.

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 all appropriate steps of Applying for Financial Assistance. Unless noted below, there is no separate application for these programs. Upon selection by the College's Scholarship Committee, recipients will be notified.

CSM-Administered Scholarships

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.

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The CSM STEM Scholars Program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). New and current CSM students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) disciplines are eligible. 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.

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.

To learn more, visit Scholarships and Financial Aid for Continuing Education 

 This program awards financial assistance to the following groups of individuals:

1. The son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse of members of the US Armed Forces who died as a result of military service or who suffered a 100% permanent disability as a result of military service;
2. A veteran with a minimum 25% service connected disability who has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal veterans educational benefits;
3. A POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict and their son, daughter, or stepchild;
4. The son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks who died as a result of the attacks;
5. The son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse of State or local public safety employee or volunteer 100% disabled;
6. A State or local public safety employee or volunteer who was 100% disabled in the line of duty. 

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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.

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. 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. 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 webpage.

State-Administered Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), under the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), administers several programs, including the MD Guaranteed Access Grant, the MD Educational Assistance Grant, the MD Delegate Scholarship, the MD Senatorial Scholarship, the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program, the Tuition Waiver for Students with Disabilities, and the Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship.

For further information or to check on the status of any awards offered to you by the OSFA, visit MHEC's website or contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, or by phone at 800-974-0203.

Other Credit Scholarships

The Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) sponsors eight $2,000 scholarships to be awarded to highly qualified and talented graduates. It is an open competition for Charles County public, private, and homeschooled seniors pursuing an arts-related major at a four-year college or university. For application information, visit CCAA website.

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 Department at CSM, each high school guidance office, or at the Charles County Scholarship Fund website.

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