McDaniel students are incredibly academically competitive and high-achieving, and for that reason, a significant number receive scholarships from organizations other than McDaniel. It is important to understand how outside scholarships impact your financial aid and how they can become an important part of your financial planning.
How Is Your Aid Impacted
Students who will receive an outside scholarship that will assist them in paying their education related expenses (tuition, room, board, books, travel, miscellaneous and personal expenses) must report that information annually to the Financial Aid Office. You do not need to include gifts from friends, relatives, or scholarships awarded to you by McDaniel College or the Maryland Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Outside scholarships can affect a student’s existing financial aid package. Typically, this happens only if a student is receiving a large number of scholarships that exceed the cost of the student’s tuition, room and/or board. Students in this situation will usually see a reduction in the amount they can borrow in a Federal Direct Student or Parent PLUS loan. Students cannot receive two scholarships that cover the same expense in its entirety or when combined exceed that expense. For example, a student cannot receive two tuition scholarships that exceed the cost of tuition. To find out if an outside scholarship will change a student’s financial aid or scholarship offer, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office.
Third-party Scholarships and Grants
Below is a list of some scholarship websites incoming and current students can explore to find additional funds to apply toward their educational expenses. This list is not comprehensive as there are many other organizations and sites which provide information on third-party scholarships. This list should be used as a tool for starting the scholarship search process. When searching for third-party scholarships, remember that you do not have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. If you have any questions about your application or the selection process, please reach out to the organization.
Here you can search from over 1.5 million different scholarships worth $3.4 billion dollars. The site is connected to Fastweb’s search tool. One stand-out feature this website offers is that if you provide your email address, you can get email notifications when new scholarships have loaded that match your search.
- Peterson’s: Scholarship Search Engine
Peterson’s has the tools and tips you need to start your search -- and its search filters make navigation simple. Filling out a very short survey allows you to adjust the filters as you go, which gives you more control than sites that require extensive profiles to get started.
Cappex allows students to search both schools and scholarships, with a database of more than $11 billion in scholarships. A proprietary calculator also allows students to gauge their chances of getting into prospective schools with user-generated data.
The College Board’s comprehensive BigFuture site helps students look up information about colleges and how to pay for school. Its scholarships search engine provides information on more than $6 billion in scholarships, financial aid and internships.
Fastweb, owned by parent company Monster.com, is a free scholarship search provider that claims to have more than 1.5 million scholarships in its database. The site will find scholarships in its database and email you matches, deadlines and newsletters.
Whether you’re a high school student, college student, nontraditional or adult-learner, complete a free profile then get matched to scholarships and grants you're qualified for from colleges, universities, organizations, foundations, corporations, government & more.
Niche pairs students with the scholarships that match their qualifications, with student-friendly categories like no-essay scholarships. There are two ways to utilize this website for finding the money for college: (1) browse their scholarship categories or (2) set up a profile and get matched with potential scholarship opportunities.
- Human Rights Campaign: Scholarship Database
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest LGBTQ advocacy group and LGBTQ political lobbying organization in the United States. They have an established LGBTQ+ student scholarship database for the undergraduate and graduate levels. You can search for scholarships in your state or just click the search arrow to see the complete list.
Scholarship Search Sites:
- Black Scholarships
Black Scholarships is an online directory of scholarships and financial aid opportunities for African American and other minority students. The programs listed on our web site give away millions of dollars in college funding, and are sponsored by foundations, government agencies and even corporations from all over the country.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Every year, HSF selects approximately 10,000 outstanding students of Hispanic heritage as HSF Scholars. HSF awards more than $30 million in scholarships annually and, depending upon available funds, HSF Scholars may also be eligible to receive a scholarship, which ranges from $500-$5,000 and is awarded directly to students.
- Ron Brown Scholarship Program
The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.
- Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of students who aspire to attend college but to guide them through the process of higher education.
UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to students attending more than 1,100 schools across the country
Scholarships for Black, African American, and Minority Students
- NAACP Poise Foundation:Poise Foundation
POISE Foundation is proud to provide scholarship administration for the National NAACP Scholarship Program. Each year the NAACP, through generous donations, can provide scholarships to outstanding students.
- CareerOne Stop
This is the U.S Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool. You can enter a keyword about the type of award you are looking for and use the filters to view award types, locations, level of study, and more.
- PDK Educational Foundation Scholarship Program
Every year, the PDK Educational Foundation Scholarship Program awards scholarships across all PDK International membership categories – from high school students looking to fund their education program collegiate dreams to educators pursuing advanced degrees to take the next step in their careers – with one-time and renewable awards ranging from $500 to $5,000.
- Phi Mu Foundation
There are a wide variety of scholarships available through the Foundation: need-based, merit-based, unrestricted, and restricted. Unrestricted scholarships are open to any eligible member who applies, while restricted scholarships are available to members from specific chapters, fields of study, states of residence or certain colleges or universities.
- CollegeBound Foundation
CollegeBound administers over 240 privately funded college scholarships in a portfolio valued at close to $3 million. CollegeBound works exclusively in Baltimore City public schools to enable students to pursue a postsecondary education. CollegeBound manages over 220 privately funded college scholarships valued at $3 million. Our “no scholarship management fee” policy means that 100% of each donor’s contribution is applied to each scholarship. CollegeBound also awards 70 need-based last dollar grants each year to Baltimore City public school graduates attending 4-year colleges.
- Kids’ Chance of Maryland, Inc.
The Kids’ Chance of Maryland scholarship is intended to assist in obtaining a vocational or college undergraduate education for financially needy, qualified, worthy, and deserving students. The student cannot be older than 25 years of age. The student’s parent or guardian must have suffered a catastrophic or fatal accidental injury or occupational disease while working for a Maryland employer. Scholarship awards vary and depend largely on the needs and educational expenses of the student. Scholarships cover tuition and books but may also include housing and meals.
- Central Scholarship
Through a variety of scholarships, Central invests in Maryland students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees because it leads to bright futures for themselves, their families, and the communities where they live. Whether students are preparing to enter their freshman year, are mid college career, or studying for medical school, Central offer more than 80 scholarships and interest-free loans designed to help students focus on what’s important... classes.
- Baltimore Community Foundation
BCF uses grants, impact investing, and advocacy to address issues facing the region today, while building a civic endowment to address the needs of future generations. Their Mission is to inspire donors to achieve their charitable goals from generation to generation and to improve the quality of life in the Baltimore region through grant-making, enlightened civic leadership and strategic investments.
- The Community Foundation of Frederick County
The community Foundation of Frederick County offers scholarships to Frederick County residents enrolled in post-secondary study, vocational, or technical training. Since 1986, the Community Foundation has been the leading source for post-secondary scholarship funding in Frederick County through the support provide by generous donors.
- The Howard Glen and Audrey G. Benson Trumpower Foundation Scholarship Fund
The Community Foundation of Frederick County, located in Frederick, Maryland, administers the scholarship selection process for the Trumpower Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Harold Glen and Audrey G. Benson Trumpower Foundation Scholarship application will be available each year on March 1st.
- Maryland Higher Education Commission
Maryland residents may be eligible for additional scholarships and grants through the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). In order to be eligible, students must complete the FAFSA each year by March 1st. Students are encouraged to visit MHEC's website for a full list of scholarships and grants.