McDaniel offers competitive merit-based academic scholarships for first-year students that recognize your academic accomplishments throughout high school. There is no separate application form; you should include all honors, awards, and achievements as part of your application itself or by submitting a personal resume along with the application form.
The most important criteria for consideration for academic scholarships are the nuances of your academic program. We assess the rigor of your course selection as related to your high school offerings, meaning that honors level courses or AP courses are only measured if your school offers them. We look at the amount of advanced study you have done by specific discipline; we acknowledge concurrent enrollment and international baccalaureate completion; and we use your highest cumulative grade point average and standardized test scores from your application.
Academic scholarships are all four-year awards with an annual value of $5,000 to $25,000. These awards typically follow admission decisions within a week, so you will receive admission decisions and scholarship offers well in advance of making an enrollment decision by May 1.
The Educator’s Legacy Scholarship welcomes the sons and daughters of K-12 school employees to McDaniel with a $100,000 scholarship. Four years of service in any school district by a parent equals $25,000 per year for their child. Learn more »
Honors scholarships have a separate competitive process and invitations are extended to a select group of admitted students who are invited to campus for a brief scholarship interview. The Honors Scholarship competition requires that students have submitted complete applications for admission no later than January 2 of the senior year. Interviews are typically held in late February and decisions are made by mid-March. These four-year awards replace any academic scholarship previously awarded and have an annual value of $23,000, $25,000, or full tuition.
International student scholarships are available on a competitive academic basis and these awards range from $10,000 to full tuition. (Room, board, books, insurance and other fees are the responsibility of the student.) Scholarships are renewable for all four years of attendance.
Transfer scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement within the collegiate environment. These awards range from $8,000 - $18,000 annually. Click here to see our significant new transfer scholarships for community college students. These scholarships are guaranteed based on GPA and are automatically awarded at admission, requiring no separate scholarship application!
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