State Scholarships

General Requirements

  • Independent Students must be Maryland Residents attending a Maryland Institution.
  • Dependent Students and their parents must be Maryland Residents attending a Maryland Institution.
  • All students must attend their courses and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the Student Financial Aid Office.
  • All students agree to remain drug free while receiving Federal and State Financial Aid.
  • All students must complete a FAFSA by March 1 each school year.  There are a few exceptions for certain legislative scholarships and the Part-Time Grant.
  • All students must be Degree-Seeking.  Students seeking ONLY certificates are not eligible. 
  • With the exception of the MD Part-Time Grant and the CBEAG Grant (both listed below) all students will be notified of their award via email from the OSFA at MHEC.

General Terminology

Maryland Need Based Aid

Howard P. Rawlings Grants

Guaranteed Access Grant: Your FAFSA must be complete by March 1 of each year to apply for this grant.  The Maryland Higher Education Commission also requires an additional application form completed through your MDCAPS account.  You may apply as a High School Senior.  A minimum 2.5 GPA is required and applicants must complete a college preparatory program. You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the Hagerstown Community College Student Financial Aid Office.  This grant requires full-time enrollment.

Educational Assistance Grant: Your FAFSA must be complete by March 1 of each year to apply for this grant.  You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the Hagerstown Community College Student Financial Aid Office.  This grant requires full-time enrollment.  You must accept your award through your MDCAPS account.

Maryland Part-Time Grant

This grant is for students who are registered for at least 6 credits but less than 12 credits at Hagerstown Community College. The amounts are set and cannot be increased.  A certain amount of these funds are given to Hagerstown Community College at the beginning of the academic year. This is a first come first served grant given by the Student Financial Aid Office. Students who were awarded an Educational Assistance Grant (described above) by MHEC but are not registered full-time may be awarded a Part-Time Grant depending on availability.  

Maryland Campus Based Educational Assistance Grant (CBEAG)

This grant is for Degree-Seeking students who are registered Full-Time at Hagerstown Community College. This award is for students who did not complete their FAFSA by March 1 and encourages them to apply by March 1 for the next year to be eligible for the EA Grant (mentioned above). A predetermined amount of funds are given to the SFAO who then selects recipients from a list of eligible students based on certain criteria set by the OSFA.  Amounts are based on a specific formula and cannot be changed. The SFAO will notify the recipients via email.  

Maryland Legislative Programs

Senatorial Scholarship: Maryland Senators award these funds. Contact the Senator for further application instructions. If you do not know how to contact your state senator, please contact the Board of Supervisors of Elections for your county. For Washington County, call 240-313-2050 or go to www.washco-md.net/election/elect1.html.

Delegate Scholarships: Maryland Delegates award these funds. Contact the Delegate for further application instructions. If you do not know how to contact your state delegates, please contact the Board of Supervisors of Elections for your county. For Washington County, call 240-313-2050 or go to www.washco-md.net/election/elect1.html.

Maryland Career/Occupational Programs

Charles W. Riley Fire & Emergency Medical Services Tuition Reimbursement Program: This program is for both Full-Time and Part-Time students.  Reimbursement is made on year after completion of courses in fire service technology or EMT Degree program.  Only currently employed firefighters and EMT workers in Maryland may apply.

Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant: This program is for both Full-Time and Part-Time students.  Grants for critical workforce shortage areas through the state of Maryland are available.  Additional application materials are required from the OSFA.  

Maryland Unique Populations Programs

Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship: This grant provides assistance to 100% disabled public service employees; children & spouses of deceased and 100% disabled public safety employees; POW's; Children of POW's; children or spouses of deceased or 100% disabled military; certain 25% disabled military; and spouses and children of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.  Contact the SFAO for application materials.

Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship: This grant is for veterans who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their spouses and/or children.  Applicants must be Full-Time or Part-Time degree-seeking students.  FAFSA and application materials due by May 1 of each year.

Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Students: Students who were out-of-home placed students in Maryland at the time of high school graduation or completion of a GED are eligible for a tuition waiver.  Students must notify the SFAO.  To be considered eligible for the tuition waiver students must be listed on the Department of Human Resources foster care list.  If a student is not on the list, you must contact your case worker to be put on the list and considered eligible.  The DHR must also confirm that you are eligible for the waiver.  The tuition waiver applies to any balance on tuition and fees before any grants and scholarships you receive are applied to your school bill.

Tuition Waiver for Students With Disabilities: Students with documented disabilities in Maryland and receiving SSI and SSDI benefits are eligible for a tuition waiver.  Students must complete a FAFSA and the required documentation with the Admissions, Records, and Registration Office.  Your FAFSA and other paperwork must be submitted by the first day of classes to be considered eligible for that semester.  The paperwork submitted will last for one year.  The waiver will only apply to tuition and fees not covered by the Pell Grant and other scholarships (student loans are not included).  

Maryland Merit-based Programs

Distinguished Scholars Program: No Longer Offered

For descriptions of Maryland State Scholarships and application requirements go to the Maryland Higher Education Commission Web site.

For more information about available scholarships, contact Student Financial Aid Counselor Britney Carter at blcarter@hagerstowncc.edu.