Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships are an important aspect of every student’s college consideration, and McDaniel is committed to making your options clear to you from the earliest part of the search process. When you apply for admission to McDaniel, your application will also serve as your automatic consideration for merit-based scholarships ranging from $13,000 to $25,000 per year. Merit scholarships are awarded based upon scholastic and personal achievement and a large percentage of our students receive merit awards. Below you will find minimum guaranteed scholarship ranges for admitted freshmen for Fall 2018.

High School GPA
  $23,000 to $25,000
3.50–3.74   $20,000 to $22,000
3.25–3.49 $16,000 to $18,000  
3.00–3.24 $13,000 to $15,000  

* The ranges listed here include all dollar amounts for Carroll County grants and any summer science academy or music scholarships for which a student might be eligible; those awards are a part of the total merit award rather than separate pieces to be added on top of each other.

McDaniel College is proudly test-optional. Students who believe their test scores demonstrate their ability or enhance their application are welcome to submit them. Students who believe that standardized test scores do not accurately reflect the strength of their academic achievements or enhance their application for admission can choose not to submit test scores. In either case, test scores will not be used for the purposes of awarding merit scholarships. If you have already submitted your standardized test scores but would like to have them removed from your application consideration, you can contact us directly to request this change. Non-U.S. citizens for whom English is not the first language should submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as outlined in McDaniel College’s English Proficiency Requirement. Please note that all enrolled students who have taken an SAT or ACT test must submit their standardized test scores prior to enrollment for purposes of reporting.

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. Detailed information including eligibility requirements and interest/eligibility forms may be found via the links below.  


Presidential Scholarships range from $2,000 annually to full tuition. Students wishing to be considered for these awards must submit complete admission credentials no later than December 15, and invitations to compete for these awards during Scholars On The Hill will be sent in late January.

The Dorsey Scholars Program is the most prestigious scholarship competition at McDaniel, and these scholarships are valued at full tuition, room and board for four years. Students wishing to be considered for these awards must submit complete admission credentials no later than December 15, and invitations to compete for these awards will be sent in mid-January.

The Teaching Academy of Maryland (TAM) Scholarship Program guarantees that any student who completes the TAM program will receive a minimum merit scholarship of at least $10,000 annually. Eligible students must have their TAM program completion verified by submitting, in writing, completion verification from a TAM representative. Confirmation can be submitted to

What if I don’t see myself in these scholarship ranges?
Don’t worry! McDaniel is known for attracting diverse, well-rounded students who contribute to our community in many ways. When you apply, we’ll get to know you personally, and we’ll work with you to find your financial options. Your academic record, accomplishments outside the classroom, leadership potential, work and volunteer experience, and more will be taken into consideration through our holistic review process. We look forward to having you apply to McDaniel.


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

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