Educator’s Legacy Scholarship

Children of current k-12 educators who have at least four years of continuous full-time employment in a school setting are eligible to receive a scholarship valued at up to $25,000 per year ($100,000 over 4 years) to help fund your college education!

WHO CAN APPLY?

Current high school seniors who complete a college preparatory program with at least a 2.5 GPA

Transfer students who enter McDaniel College for the first time (Fall 2016 or later) with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in college coursework

Parent or guardian must meet the educator eligibility requirements.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Your parent or guardian must be currently employed full-time in K-12 education within a school setting and have worked full-time in education for a minimum of the past four consecutive school years. The expectation is that the parent is a full-time educator by profession and currently engaged in the field of education.

Any service in a K-12 school qualifies – teachers, counselors, nurses, support staff, administrators – at least four years of service equals recognition with a four-year scholarship.

HOW MANY RECIPIENTS WILL RECEIVE EDUCATOR’S LEGACY SCHOLARSHIPS?

If you complete the full admission process and are admitted to McDaniel, and you submit the appropriate criteria for the Educator’s Legacy Scholarship verification, then you will receive the ELS. There is no limit to the number of recipients each fall.

To retain the scholarship, you must maintain full-time enrollment at McDaniel College for up to eight consecutive semesters or until your graduation, whichever comes first.

Commuting students are eligible for an Educator’s Legacy Scholarship valued at $20,000 annually with a four-year value of $80,000.

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Complete and file the online K-12 employment verification form.
    • Your parent’s school administrator (principal or designated Human Resources director) will need to verify the employment record in writing on school letterhead.
  2. Submit The McDaniel Application or The Common Application for admission.
  3. Send a copy of your high school transcript.
  4. Submit a Secondary School Report form and two letters of recommendation from academic sources.
  5. Provide SAT or ACT scores unless you qualify for our Test Optional Plan.
  6. Send a $50 application fee or official fee waiver.

Transfer students should refer to the Transfer Student Apply page for additional information about supporting documents to complete the transfer admission requirements, including official transcripts from all colleges attended, the Residential Student Release Form (if applicable), and $50 application fee or waiver.

PICK THE DEADLINE THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU.

Once we receive all your credentials, we will include your application for review at the next appropriate deadline. Consideration for the McDaniel Educator’s Legacy Scholarship will be based on the credentials submitted at the time of admission. The deadline you choose should reflect the final credentials you intend to submit.

All application materials may be submitted online or by regular mail – choose the option you prefer.

WILL I RECEIVE OTHER MCDANIEL SCHOLARSHIPS AS WELL?

The Educator’s Legacy Scholarship is among the largest scholarships offered at McDaniel, and as a result, no additional scholarship - merit, music, summer science academy, Carroll County grant, etc.- will be added on top of an Educator’s Legacy Scholarship. This scholarship will replace any other smaller scholarship a student may have received.

If a high school student recipient of the Educator’s Legacy Scholarship is invited to the campus to compete for the Dorsey Scholars Program or for Scholars on the Hill, then those awards would be added to the Educator’s Legacy if the value is less than a full-tuition scholarship. If the value of the scholarship is full tuition or a Dorsey Scholarship, then these two options replace the Educator’s Legacy Scholarship.

If you wish to pursue need-based assistance, then you should file the FAFSA after October 1 and have your results sent to McDaniel. Additional eligibility for need-based aid (beyond $25,000) will be awarded in a McDaniel Financial Aid Award Letter.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact the Admissions Office at 410-857-2230 or 800-638-5005 or via e-mail.