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The University of Maryland Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship

2014 Announcement
The University of Maryland, College Park will award Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarships to 30 outstanding transfer students. This highly competitive scholarship offers full tuition for four consecutive semesters. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of their overall academic achievement, demonstrated potential for community leadership, written essay quality, recommendations, and, if selected as a finalist, a required personal interview. The scholarship committee will review applications and select finalists for interviews. Those selected to receive the scholarship are expected to enroll at the University of Maryland as full-time students (12 credits per semester). Students who enroll part-time are not eligible. Students applying for the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship must meet the following criteria: Be a resident of the state of Maryland at the time the scholarship application is submitted, for tuition purposes (U. S. Citizen or Permanent Resident). Please review residency requirements and contact the Residency Classification Office if you have any questions (www.testudo.umd.edu/rco/policy.html). Have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale for all college work, including work from institutions other than Maryland community colleges. Must have completed (or be in the process of completing) 56 credits or earned an associates degree from a Maryland community college. The criteria must be met prior to the first semester of enrollment at the th University of Maryland. Transcripts for students completing their 56 credit must reflect that courses are in progress. Be a new applicant for Fall 2014 or currently enrolled in the Spring 2014 semester (no previous attendance at the University of Maryland). Students must submit a transfer application for the term in which they want to enroll, prior to submitting the scholarship application. Must demonstrate English language proficiency. A full-file review will be conducted to determine English language proficiency.

Students who meet the above criteria must submit all required materials and an online transfer application by the March 1, 2014 deadline. All of the following materials must be mailed in one complete packet by March 1, 2014: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (including any institutions outside of the U.S). A list and description of extracurricular and personal activities - must include dates and a description of your involvement and participation. A three-page, typed and double-spaced essay on the following topic: Describe the neighborhood or community you grew up in. How has it shaped your dreams and aspirations, and how do you intend to use your educational and professional goals to impact the University of Maryland and beyond? Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a community college faculty member who is familiar with the applicants academic performance (see recommendation forms). Letters must be confidential and must be returned to the applicant in a sealed and signed envelope to be sent in with other application materials. Recommendation letters not submitted with the scholarship application will not be accepted.

All materials must be sent together in one complete packet or they will not be reviewed for consideration. For more information, please contact: Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship Committee University of Maryland Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Mitchell Building College Park, Maryland 20742 (301) 314-8385 or (800) 422-5867

The University of Maryland


Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship 2014 Application Form
You are encouraged to type in all information for this application. Please see the scholarship announcement sheet for more detailed information concerning the application process . Name ______________________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY) ____/____/______ Male _____ Female _____ Primary Email Address ________________________________

Address _____________________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________ State ________ Zip Code _________________________ Telephone Numbers: Day ( )____________________ Evening ( )_____________________

Are you a Permanent Resident or U.S. Citizen? ______________________________________________ Are you a Maryland Resident? Yes

No

(Please note: You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and a Maryland Resident to be eligible for this scholarship. Applicants who are pending permanent residents at the time the application is submitted are not eligible for this award.)

Colleges and universities are asked by many, including federal and state governments and national surveys to describe the racial/ethnic backgrounds of our students and employees. You should answer both questions. Are you of Hispanic or Latino origin? Yes

No

What is your race? Select one or more of the following categories. White Black or African American Asian American Indian or Alaska Native Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Hispanic or Latino: A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community attachment. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

Are you a member of a community college honors program? Yes

No

If Yes, Honors Program Name__________________________________________________________________ Are you a member of Phi Theta Kappa International? Yes

No

(If Yes, provide a copy of certificate)

How did you learn about the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship?__________________________ What community college do you currently (or did you most recently) attend? ____________________________________________________________________________________

Please list your courses and their credit values for the Spring 2014 semester and/or Summer 2014 _______________________________ ___________________________________ _______________________________ ___________________________________ _______________________________ ___________________________________

Application Checklist:

56 credits or an Associates Degree from a Maryland community college Minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale Applied for admission to the University of Maryland for the Fall 2014 semester or currently enrolled for the Spring
2014 term

Official transcripts from each college attended, each in a sealed envelope List and description of extracurricular activities, including dates of participation Three page essay, typed and double-spaced Two letters of recommendation, each in a sealed and signed envelope
All materials must be sent together in one complete packet or they will not be reviewed for consideration.

Application and ALL supporting materials must be received in one complete packet by the March 1, 2014 deadline to be considered for this scholarship.
Only complete applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please send completed application materials to: Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship Committee University of Maryland Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 0115 Mitchell Building College Park, MD 20742 Questions? Please call (301) 314-8385, (800) 422-5867, or email: lstamps@umd.edu.

The University of Maryland


Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship 2014 Community College Faculty Recommendation Form
Name of Applicant _____________________________________________________________________ Applicants Date of Birth _________________________________________________________________

Name of Recommender_________________________________________________________________ Title ____________________________________________ Day Phone ( )____________________

How long have you known the applicant? __________________________________________________ Relationship _________________________________________________________________________

Please type below, or on an attached sheet, why you feel this person should be honored with the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship. Please give us your professional recommendation regarding this applicant's preparation for study at the University of Maryland.

Not Recommended Recommended with reservations Recommended

Highly recommended Highest Possible Recommendation Insufficient knowledge of this student to make a recommendation

Recommendation letters must be confidential. Please return the letter to the applicant in a sealed envelope with a signature on the back to guarantee its confidentiality. All materials must be submitted in one complete packet to be considered for the scholarship review.

The University of Maryland


Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship 2014 Recommendation Form
*Types of references may include but are not limited to community leaders, teachers and current or former employers. Name of Applicant _____________________________________________________________________ Applicants Date of Birth _________________________________________________________________

Name of Recommender ________________________________________________________________ Title ____________________________________________ Day Phone ( )____________________

How long have you known the applicant? __________________________________________________ Relationship _________________________________________________________________________

Please type below, or on an attached sheet, why you feel this person should be honored with the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship. Please give us your professional recommendation regarding this applicant's preparation for study at the University of Maryland. Not Recommended Recommended with reservations Recommended Highly recommended Highest Possible Recommendation Insufficient knowledge of this student to make a recommendation

Recommendation letters must be confidential. Please return the letter to the applicant in a sealed envelope with a signature on the back to guarantee its confidentiality. All materials must be submitted in one complete packet to be considered for the scholarship review.