Delegate Scholarship

Who may apply: Current high school seniors and full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Students attending a private career school may also apply.

How to apply: If your delegates make their own awards, you should call or write them for further instructions. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) can provide a list of all State legislators. Some delegates ask OSFA to make awards for them. These awards are made on the basis of need as demonstrated on the FAFSA.  If a delegate asks OSFA to make the awards, students must complete and file the FAFSA.

**Scholarships maybe available through your state delegation for your district. They are NOT available through your federal delegation (i.e. U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen).**

When to apply: Complete and file the FAFSA by March 1. Contact your delegates in February for further instructions.

Eligible majors: All majors are eligible.

Scholarship can be used at out-of-state institutions if the applicant is on active duty with the U.S Military and domiciled in the State. As well as if the student is disabled and studying at an institution outside the State that make special provision for disabled students that are not available to the applicant at an institution in the State.

​You may use this scholarship at an out-of-state school if your major is not available at any Maryland institution and if your delegate agrees. In order to verify your major as unique, you must complete the Unique Major Application and submit it to MHEC with the required documentation. Allow 8 weeks for processing.


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 as a full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester), degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student, or attend certain private career schools.


If OSFA makes the awards for your delegates, you must demonstrate financial need.


2018-2019 Award Minimum: $200

2018-2019 Award Maximum: $11,800

You may hold the Delegate Scholarship with all State awards. The total dollar amount of all State scholarship awards may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your college’s financial aid office or $28,000, whichever is less. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.


Awards are not automatically renewed.  You must re-apply each year to your delegates.  If required, you must complete and file the FAFSA by March 1.


2018-2019 Conditions of Award

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If you do not know how to contact your state senator or delegates, go to or call the Board of Supervisors of Elections for your county:

County Phone Number
Allegany County (301) 777-5931 
Anne Arundel County (410) 222-6600
Baltimore County (410) 887-5700
Baltimore City (410) 396-5550
Calvert County (410) 535-2214
Caroline County (410) 479-8145 
Carroll County (410) 386-2080
Cecil County (410) 996-5310
Charles County (301) 934-8972  
Dorchester County (410) 228-2560
Frederick County (301) 600-8683
Garrett County (301) 334-6985
Harford County (410) 638-3565
Howard County (410) 313-5820
Kent County (410) 778-0038
Montgomery County (240) 777-8500
Prince George's County (301) 430-8020
Queen Anne's County (410) 758-0832
St. Mary's County (301) 475-7844
Somerset County (410) 651-0767   
Talbot County (410) 770-8099
Washington County (240) 313-2050
Wicomico County (410) 548-4830
Worcester County (410) 632-1320

The ​Delegate Scholarship program regulations have been published online under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). Please click the following link to access the program regulations:​

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