Maryland State Grants

The State of Maryland offers several scholarship programs for graduate students who are Maryland residents.

Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG)

  • The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) program is for students who plan on working in specific career/occupational programs upon graduation. Eligible fields include: child care, human services, teaching, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and public service.
  • Complete and file the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant application by July 1 and provide official transcripts from institutions attended. To be considered based on need, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the application year. The FAFSA is not required; however, it will be used to determine the order in which students will be awarded.

Certain majors may require additional documentation, which will be noted on the application. Applicants for the William Donald Schaefer Scholarship are required to submit, in addition to the application and transcripts, a FAFSA, a 1,000 word essay on a topic determined by the Commission and Advisory Council, a resume and three (3) letters of reference.

Conroy and Cryor Scholarship

  • The Edward T and Mary A Conroy Memorial Scholarship and Jean B Cryor Scholarship programs are to degree seeking graduate students who meet certain eligibility requirements. More information can be found here.
  • Complete and file the Conroy Scholarship Application with the McDaniel College Financial Aid Office by July 15. The FAFSA is not required in order to be eligible for this grant. Please contact the Financial Aid Office by phone at 410-857-2233 or by email at to request a copy of the scholarship application.
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Financial Aid Office
Elderdice Hall
Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30pm
Phone: 410-857-2233
Fax: 410-386-4608
School Code: 002109