During the COVID-19 pandemic, BSOS is awarding emergency funds to students through the UMD Student Crisis Fund in order to speed up the delivery of much-needed emergency assistance to students.  Please click here to apply directly to the UMD Crisis Fund for immediate assistance.



The BSOS Advising Student Emergency Fund provides one-time, limited emergency financial support for BSOS students who experience unexpected financial hardship that may impede their academic progress toward a BSOS undergraduate degree.

Average awards range from $200 to $750 but the amount may vary based on individual student circumstance and available funds each year. Awards do not need to be repaid.  Some awards may be considered taxable income by the IRS.


Expenses Considered

Examples of expenses considered include but are not limited to:

  • Unexpected medical expenses.

  • Emergency housing expenses.

  • Replacement of belongings after a robbery or fire.

  • Emergency or unexpected commuting expenses.



To be considered, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a BSOS major

  • Be in good academic standing


Preference will be given to:

  • Students who have completed at least 2 semesters as a BSOS major.

  • Students for whom a modest one-time scholarship can make a difference in moving a student toward graduation.


Apply for the BSOS Advising Emergency Fund

Academic advisors may encourage students to apply for this fund. Application will consist of an email to bsos-scholarships [at] umd [dot] edu answering the following questions.


  1. How can a one-time scholarship from the BSOS Advising Emergency Fund help you resolve your current financial crisis?

  2. Is there any documentation you can provide to support your emergency situation?

  3. May the BSOS College contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to confirm your financial aid status with the University?

  4. Can you provide a phone number where we can contact you to follow-up within the next week?


Questions: Please contact bsos-scholarships [at] umd [dot] edu or call the BSOS Office of the Associate Dean at 301-405-1692.


History of the BSOS Advising Student Emergency Fund

This fund was initially established in honor of BSOS Advising Center Director Lola Hillman Byron on the occasion of her retirement from University of Maryland.  Lola Hillman Byron was a champion for students who worked tirelessly throughout her career to celebrate each student’s individual strengths while providing support and encouragement when students encountered challenges (of all kinds).  This fund continues to help students in need only because of the generous contributions of alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Maryland.