Scholarships

Cecil College Foundation Scholarships

The Cecil College Foundation provides scholarships to recent high school graduates as well as returning students. All current and future Cecil College students are encouraged to apply between October 1st and April 30th. To apply, simply submit one online application to be eligible for all Foundation scholarships. For details on how to submit an online application, see the Foundation Scholarships page.

For more information, read the most frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, please contact the Foundation at (410) 287-1053 or foundation@cecil.edu.

High School Scholarships

Arts and Communications Program Scholarship

Eligibility

Students enrolled in the Cecil County Public School (CCPS) Arts & Communications cluster sequence, who can demonstrate successful completion of the CCPS coursework that is validated as the prerequisite for college-level coursework in Visual Communication at Cecil College, may be eligible.

Value

Recipients receive a scholarship from Cecil College and CCPS equal to two-thirds of the in-county tuition rate in effect for the semester. Students must pay the balance of tuition and all fees.

How to Apply

See your high school counselor.

Additional Notes

Special tuition rates apply only to specific dual enrollment college courses as outlined in the dual enrollment Arts and Communications Program in the CCPS Student Education Planning Guide and specifically designated pathway options in the Digital Arts pathway of the Guide.

College Bound Scholarship

Eligibility

Any student of Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS), as well as certain other pre-approved public and private high school juniors and seniors who enroll in college-level credit courses at Cecil College, may be eligible.

To participate, high school juniors must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. A grade point average of at least 2.5 is required for high school seniors for program eligibility.

Value

This is a 50-percent scholarship toward in-county tuition, based on residency.

How to Apply

See your high school counselor. Students must meet all other Cecil College entrance requirements and must present an eligibility form signed by a parent and a high school principal or other designated authority.

STEM Academy Scholarship

Eligibility

Students enrolled in the Cecil County Public School (CCPS) STEM Academy, who can demonstrate completion of the course sequence in the STEM Academy pathway and successful completion of all coursework in the Math/Science sequence of the CCPS STEM Academy, may be eligible.

Value

Recipients receive a scholarship from Cecil College and CCPS equal to two-thirds of the in-county tuition rate in effect for the semester. Students must pay the balance of tuition and all fees.

How to Apply

See your high school counselor.

Additional Notes

Special tuition rates apply only to dual enrollment courses at Cecil College in advanced science and mathematics courses as part of the CCPS STEM Academy Program.

Third-Party Scholarships

Note: These scholarships are not affiliates of Cecil College.

A1 Auto Transport Scholarship

Renewable scholarships available to students enrolled in college or a trade school who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Scholarship Program for Engineering Excellence

Scholarship available to full time college students pursuing study in the field of engineering.

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Scholarship Program for Medical Excellence

Annual scholarship available to college students interested in pursuing a degree in the medical field.

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Scholarship Program for Graphic & Web Design Students

Scholarship available to full time students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who have already enrolled or plan to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate degree in the field of graphic design/website design.

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Scholarship Program for Visual Arts Students

Scholarship available to students enrolled or planning to enroll in a visual arts degree program.

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Transfer Scholarships

Associate Degree Scholars Award

Students with an associate degree in engineering planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Cecil College may be eligible.

For more information, contact Linda Steele by email at lsteele@frostburg.edu or visit frostburg.edu.

Good Neighbor Graduate Scholarship

Residents of New Castle County, DE, Chester County, PA, and Lancaster County, PA may be eligible for this needs based reward.

For more information, visit salisbury.edu or academicworks.com.

Information About Promise Scholarships

In May 2018, Governor Hogan signed into law the Near Completers and Maryland Community College Promise Scholarships Act to help eligible students afford Maryland community college. While some have referred to this scholarship as “free college,” that's not an accurate phrase.

More detailed information will become available as the Maryland Higher Education Commission develops the regulations. For your convenience, the basic elements are outlined below:

  • Starting with the 2019-2020 academic year, there will be a $15 million annual appropriation.
  • Individuals who enroll in a community college as a candidate for a Vocational Certificate, Certificate, or Associate Degree program within 2 years after graduating from high school or successfully completing a GED in the State are eligible to apply.
  • This “last dollar” scholarship will cover tuition and mandatory fees after other financial aid (grants and scholarships) are calculated.
  • Students can receive an award up to $5,000 to cover any remaining tuition and mandatory fee expenses after all non-loan aid has been applied.
  • Applicants must have an annual income of not more than:
    • $100,000 if the applicant is single or resides in a single-parent household, or
    • $150,000 if the applicant is married or resides in a two-parent household
  • Applicants must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Applicants must enroll within 2 years of graduation from a Maryland high school or GED completion, have an overall minimum 2.3 (on a 4.0 scale) high school GPA, and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA at Cecil College.
  • Recipients must complete at least 12 credits per semester.
  • Recipients may receive the award for a maximum of 3 years or until they are awarded an associate’s degree.
  • Recipients must sign an agreement to work full-time in the State within one year after completion of the Vocational Certificate, Certificate, or Associate’s Degree program. Any recipient that received the award for more than one year must work full-time in the State for each year they received the award. This is called the “service obligation.”
  • Scholarships convert to loans if the recipient fails to fulfill the service obligation.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does it start?

Pending approval of the $15 million appropriation required by law to fund the scholarship awards, the program is expected to begin in fall 2019.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must enroll in a Maryland community college within two years of high school graduation or completion of a GED in Maryland. Applicants must have a high school GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and enroll as a candidate for a vocational certificate, a credit certificate or an associate degree. If an applicant is single or resides in a single-parent household, their annual adjusted gross income (AGI) may not exceed $100,000. If an applicant is married or resides in a two-parent household, their annual AGI may not exceed $150,000. Credit students must enroll full time for at least 12 credits per term.

Why is this called a "last-dollar" scholarship?

All other financial aid must be calculated before the scholarship is awarded, and students must complete the FAFSA or any other applications for state or federal financial aid. If ineligible to submit a FAFSA, students must qualify for in-state tuition.

How do you stay eligible?

Students may hold the award for three years after enrolling, with priority given to recipients who remain eligible. Students must be enrolled continuously and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

How much aid do you receive?

For those who qualify, scholarship awards are limited to $5,000 per recipient per year, or actual tuition (whichever is less). Tuition means the basic instructional charge for courses offered and includes mandatory fees. Initial tuition awards will be provided to recipients based on greatest financial need.

What must you commit?

Students are required to maintain employment in Maryland for at least one year for each year the scholarship is awarded. Scholarships convert to loans if the recipient fails to fulfill the service obligation.