UMGC-NMFA Scholarship for Military Spouses

Scholarship Overview

Through the UMGC-NMFA Scholarship program, University of Maryland Global Campus awards up to 15 scholarships, worth up to $1,500 each, through the National Military Family Association to spouses of active-duty, Reservist, and/or National Guard servicemembers. This scholarship program is made possible through a generous grant from UMUC alumna Lt. Col. Dona Hildebrand (U.S. Air Force, Retired).

The scholarship is available to new or prospective students who have never attended UMGC prior to spring 2020 and who will be seeking a first undergraduate degree at UMGC. The scholarship will cover up to two full courses (6 credits). Spouses must be registered with NMFA before submitting an online application for admission to UMGC to be eligible.

Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2019.

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 new or prospective student to UMGC (never attended UMGC prior to spring 2020)
  • 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 2020
  • 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

Students must apply for the NMFA Scholarship by December 31, 2019, for spring 2020.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the UMGC-NMFA Scholarship application by December 31, 2019.
  2. Complete the UMGC application for admission and include the $50 application fee by December 31, 2019.
  3. Submit proof of military status to the Office of Admissions Services at or fax to 240-684-2153 by January 6, 2020.

    Documents include

    • A copy of DEERS form 1172-2


    • 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, 2020.

    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 24, 2020, if they will be awarded this scholarship.

Students may register for the spring 2020 term at any time prior to the 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 NMFA Scholarship to