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McDaniel Merit Scholarships

When you apply for admission to McDaniel, you won’t find a separate scholarship application. Instead, we’ll use your application, transcript and any supporting documents you submit to consider you for a McDaniel Merit Scholarship. These scholarships consider the overall strength of your application, including your academic profile, demonstrated involvement and leadership, strength of writing, character and other factors.

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Merit Scholarship Amounts

McDaniel Merit Scholarships range from $15,000 per year to $28,000 per year for first year students and from $10,000 per year to $28,000 per year for transfer students. Over 70% of our admitted students receive merit scholarships that make McDaniel an affordable option. 

If eligible, you'll receive your scholarship award letter at the same time that you receive your admission decision. The sooner you complete your application, the sooner you'll know your merit award.

A Four Year Investment

McDaniel Merit Scholarships are awarded for eight semesters (four years) or completion of your Bachelor's Degree, whichever comes first. Because these are scholarships that you earned based on your overall qualifications, they are not subject to change year-to-year. 

However it is important that students and families understand the policies that apply to merit scholarships. 

  • Scholarships are awarded for four years (8 semesters) or the completion of the Bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. Students should work closely with academic advisors to ensure they will complete their academic program in 8 semesters. 
  • Students must be enrolled full-time (12 credits) to receive their merit scholarship. If a student drops to part-time enrollment, their scholarship will be removed from their financial aid package. 

Additional Scholarships for Outstanding Academic Work Recognition of Your Commitment

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The Dorsey Scholars

The Dorsey Scholars Program is the most prestigious scholarship competition at McDaniel College. These scholarships are valued at full tuition, room and board for four years and also include other institutional benefits. 

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Presidential Scholarships

Students invited to apply to our Honors Program are also considered for Presidential Scholarships which range from $2000 per year all the way up to full tuition. 

Legacy Scholarships

McDaniel College is pleased to offer several scholarships valued at $25,000 annually ($100,000 over four years) that are unlike programs you’ll find elsewhere. The Legacy Scholarships recognize two categories of service in addition to family ties to McDaniel and provide alternative ways to make McDaniel accessible for a wide variety of families. 

A Tradition of Teaching Educator's Legacy Supporting Families

To honor and recognize the importance of excellent teaching, McDaniel College offers the Educator's Legacy to the children of K-12 and community college educators who have at least four years of current employment in a school setting and are eligible for full-time benefits at their institutions.

Called to Serve Military Legacy American Heroes

Military veterans, active duty military personnel, and their children who are admitted to McDaniel College as undergraduates are eligible to receive the Military Legacy to help fund their college education.

All in the Family Alumni Legacy Green Terror Proud

To honor and recognize the close family ties that are part of the McDaniel experience, children, step-children and grandchildren of any WMC/McDaniel graduate are eligible to receive the Alumni Legacy.