Who may apply: Former foster care recipients who are
employed by Maryland State, county or municipality government who have also
graduated from an institution of higher education in Maryland.
How to apply: Complete an MLARP Foster Care
application and submit all supplemental documentation.
When to apply: The application for the 2020-2021 year is closed.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSYou must be a Maryland
resident and have been placed in an out-of-home placement by a state's or unit
of a state government's department of social services for 3 years or more. You
must have earned either an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college in
Maryland. You must be employed at least part-time (20 hours per week) in State,
county or local government. You must have educational loans from a university,
government, or commercial source that you used to pay college expenses. You may
not be in default on a loan.
AWARD SELECTIONApplicants will be
ranked and awarded according to the submission date of their completed online
Applicants who are not
selected will be placed on the waitlist pending the availability of funding.
Applicants not selected in an award year must reapply for consideration in a
subsequent award year, and will be ranked according to the submission date of
their completed online application form.
AWARD AMOUNT2020-2021 MLARP Foster
Care award amount is equal to the lesser of 10% of the applicant’s total
educational loan debt or $5,000.
Awards are paid in the
form of a co-payable check made out to the award recipient and their lender.
Recipients are to endorse the award check and send to their lender to have them
apply it to their account.
RENEWING AN AWARDAwards are
automatically renewed on an annual basis for up to a maximum of three (3)
years, pending the annual employment, lender and tax documentation is received by
the deadline for each year that the student is set to receive funding. Failure
to submit required documentation by the deadline or failure to report changes
in your employment status throughout the service/award years will make you
ineligible for the award.
EMPLOYMENT OBLIGATIONEach recipient offered
an award must sign and return an employment obligation agreement agreeing to
remain employed by the State or a county or municipality of the State for at
least 1 year after the expiration of the term of the award.
obligations from other State of Maryland scholarships must be completed by
October 1, 2020. One position cannot fulfill two service obligations
simultaneously. If a recipient holds multiple service obligations, the
obligations must be served in consecutive years.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MLARP FOSTER CARE PROGRAM
6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-3300
Toll Free: (800) 974-0203 (If calling outside of the Baltimore City area)