UMGC-NMFA Scholarship for Military Spouses

Scholarship Overview

Through the UMGC-NMFA Scholarship program, University of Maryland Global Campus awards a minimum of 10 scholarships, worth up to $1,500 each, through the National Military Family Association (NMFA) to spouses of active-duty, Reservist, and/or National Guard servicemembers. This scholarship program is made possible through a generous grant from UMGC alumna Lt. Col. Dona Hildebrand (U.S. Air Force, Retired).

Eligible applicants must be current or newly enrolled students who have earned no more than 30 credits and are seeking their first undergraduate degree at UMGC. The scholarship will cover up to two full courses (6 credits).

The application for spring 2021 scholarships is open from October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

A candidate for this scholarship must be a UMGC student who

  • Is a registered member of the NMFA

  • Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident noncitizen

  • Is a current or newly enrolled student who has earned no more than 30 credits at UMGC

  • Is a military spouse of an active-duty, Reserve, or National Guard servicemember

  • Is a degree-seeking student pursuing a first undergraduate degree

  • Is enrolled or will enroll in at least 6 credits during spring 2021

  • Is not receiving 100 percent Tuition Assistance or reimbursement from work

  • Is not eligible for 100 percent veterans benefits (COE level needs to be less than 100 percent)

Scholarship Deadline Information

The application deadline for the spring 2021 UMGC-NMFA Scholarship is December 31, 2020.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the UMGC-NMFA Scholarship application by December 31, 2020.

  2. Complete the UMGC application for admission and include the $50 application fee by December 31, 2020.

  3. Submit proof of military status to the Office of Admissions Services at admissions@umgc.edu by January 13, 2021.

    Documents include

    • A copy of DEERS form 1172-2

      OR

    • A copy of your marriage certificate AND one of the following:

      • Proof of sponsor's service statement or letter

      • Copy of sponsor's most recent enlistment or commissioning contract

      • Copy of sponsor's Tuition Assistance form showing military service expiration date

      • Copy of sponsor's Leave and Earnings statement with military service expiration date

  4. Have your high school or previous institution(s) send official transcripts directly to UMGC by January 13, 2021.

    Students who have earned credit at another previous regionally accredited college or university will need to submit official copies of these transcripts. (Students with less than 30 credits—who applied to UMGC on or after March 30, 2020—will need to submit a high school transcript to verify their high school diploma. If you have completed a GED or other high school proficiency examination that is recognized by your state, you will need to submit the official documents.)

    Instructions on how to request your official transcripts:

Students may contact a UMGC advisor at any time after being admitted to request an evaluation of transfer credits and design a degree completion plan during their first term.

Scholarship Award and Disbursement

Selection for the scholarship awards will be judged solely on the essay. Students will be notified by January 29, 2021, if they will be awarded this scholarship.

Students may register for the spring 2021 term at any time prior to the UMGC-NMFA Scholarship application deadline but are responsible for providing payment for all courses at the time of enrollment. Early registration does not influence the scholarship award decision.

If selected for the scholarship, the scholarship funds will be applied to your account within 10 business days of enrollment in courses.

Please direct all questions about the UMGC-NMFA Scholarship to UMGC-NMFAscholarship@umgc.edu.