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General Information

Name Distinguished Scholar Award
Number of Awards
Award Value $3,000
Award Type Merit-Based Scholarship
Accept Applications
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Contact Information

Office of Student Financial Assistance
Maryland Higher Education Commission
839 Bestgate Rd.
Suite 400
Annapolis, Maryland 21401-3013
Phone (800)974-1024

Scholarship Description

Who may apply: Current high school juniors may apply or may be nominated by their high schools. Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship and National Achievement Scholarship programs will automatically receive the award if they attend a Maryland institution.

How to apply: Achievement applications may be obtained from the high school guidance counselor.

When to apply: Applications for the academic achievement category must be submitted to the high school guidance office in February of the applicant’s junior year. The high school guidance counselor submits talent nominations in April of the nominee’s junior year.

Eligible majors: All majors are eligible.

You and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university or a private career school as a full-time (12+ credits per semester), degree-seeking undergraduate student.

Academic Achievement Category: Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale in academic subjects taken during their first five semesters of high school. The applicant’s highest PSAT, SAT 1, or ACT scores from tests taken in January of the junior year or earlier are used with the GPA to determine final selection placement. ACT may be submitted only if PSAT or SAT 1 was not taken.

National Merit Scholarship and National Achievement Category: An award will automatically be offered to students in these scholarship programs when they have been selected as finalists and indicate they will attend a Maryland institution.

Talent in the Arts Category: Your high school can nominate five juniors for an audition in visual art, instrumental music, vocal music, dance, or drama. Officially designated magnet schools for the arts may each nominate 10 juniors. In early June, nominated students must appear in person for an audition or portfolio review before a panel of professional judges.