Educator’s Legacy Scholarship

For Children of K12 Educators and Community College Full-time Employees

To honor and recognize the importance of excellent teaching, McDaniel College offers a scholarship of up to $100,000 ($25,000 annually) 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. Any service in a K-12 school or community college qualifies as long as the employment is directly through the school or college — teachers, counselors, nurses, support staff, administrators — at least four years of service equals recognition with up to a four-year scholarship, based on the student’s status as freshman or transfer. Students are required to live on campus to receive the $25,000 scholarship. The scholarship award for students who are eligible to commute is $20,000 annually.


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

  • Undergraduate transfer students who enter McDaniel College for the first time with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in college coursework who have not yet attained a bachelor’s degree. 

  • Parent or guardian must meet educator eligibility requirements and submit appropriate verification information.


Your parent or guardian must be currently employed full time in K-12 education or at the community college level where he/she is directly employed by the college and receiving full-time benefits. Parents or guardians must 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 kind of service in a K-12 school or community college qualifies – faculty, staff, administrators – as long as the verification process is completed successfully. A letter verifying dates of employment must be submitted to the McDaniel Office of Admissions by the principal, president, or designated Human Resources officer.

This scholarship is designated for undergraduate students who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.


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.

For a student residing on campus at McDaniel, the Educator’s Legacy Scholarship is valued at $25,000 annually for up to four years, a $100,000 value. Commuting students are eligible for an Educator’s Legacy Scholarship valued at $20,000 annually with a four-year value of $80,000.

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


First-year students should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and file the online 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.


Transfer students should:

  1. Complete and file the online 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. 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, and the Residential Student Release Form (if applicable).


McDaniel offers a wide range of admission deadlines for first-year and transfer students. 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.


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 prior to being awarded the Educator's Legacy Scholarship.

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 any new Presidential Scholarship or Dorsey Scholarship that may be received will completely replace the Educator’s Legacy Scholarship. These competitive programs offer awards ranging from $27,500 annually to full tuition, (or tuition room and board in the case of Dorsey Scholars), so it is possible to increase the value of the student’s merit award, but the scholarships are never added together. A student recipient receives the highest dollar-value scholarship for which he or she is eligible.

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 will be awarded in a McDaniel Financial Aid Award Letter.


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