If you are a BSOS student with financial need that is preventing you from taking advantage of an experiential learning opportunity, apply for BSOS Undergraduate Experience Funds. Note that BSOS accepts applications for these funds on a biannual basis. During the Fall semester for Winter & Spring learning experiences and during the Spring semester for Summer & Fall experiences.

The application for Winter/Spring 2020 experiences will open October 21, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements:

    Winter & Spring Funds:

    • Submit a complete application (all questions answered) by the deadline: December 1. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • Have completed at least one semester (Spring 2019 or earlier) at the University of Maryland.
    • Have at least one semester (Spring 2020 or later) left as a student at the University of Maryland - Awards will be made for Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 experiences, thus seniors who are graduating Winter 2020 are ineligible to apply.
    • Be enrolled in a BSOS major or an ENSP track housed within BSOS.
    • Notification will occur in mid-December. All recipients should plan to attend the college’s scholarship dinner in the spring semester. Questions regarding BSOS Undergraduate Experience Funds or the application process should be directed to bsos-scholarships [at] umd [dot] edu.
    • Complete the learning experience for which you apply in Winter 2020 or Spring 2020. If you choose not to complete the experience, you must notify the Selection Committee (bsos-scholarships [at] umd [dot] edu) and the funds will be rescinded.

    Summer & Fall Funds:

    • Submit a complete application (all questions answered) by the deadline (TBA). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • Have completed at least one semester (Fall 2019 or earlier) at the University of Maryland.
    • Have at least one semester (Fall 2020 or later) left as a student at the University of Maryland - Awards will be made for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 experiences, thus seniors who are graduating Spring 2020 are ineligible to apply.
    • Be enrolled in a BSOS major or an ENSP track housed within BSOS.
    • Notification will occur by the end of May.
    • Complete the learning experience for which you apply in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. If you choose not to complete the experience, you must notify the Selection Committee (bsos-scholarships [at] umd [dot] edu) and the funds will be rescinded.

    Additional Information:

    • Preference in selecting awardees will be given for activities where financial obstacles would likely prevent a student from participating.
    • Preference will be given for experiences in not-for-profit, government, or educational organizations, rather than in for-profit companies.
    • Preference will be given for NEW, rather than continuing, experiences (i.e. starting a new internship, as opposed to continuing in a position from a previous semester or summer).
    • These funds are NOT designated for study abroad experiences.  Visit the Education Abroad Scholarships page to learn more about study abroad funding.
    • Students may apply for funding for more than one learning experience per application cycle, but may only receive funding for one experience.
    • Recipients will be recognized at the college’s Scholarship & Donor Recognition Dinner.

    These experiences are generously supported by the following funds:

    • Anthropology Student Experience Fund
    • The Beardsley Family Endowed Student Experience Fund
    • The Dr. Jack Blanchard and Dr. Melanie E. Bennett Student Experience Endowment
    • The Jay G. Cohen Memorial Student Opportunities Endowment
    • Taylor and Brandon Cole Student Experience Endowment
    • The Dean's Student Advisory Council Unpaid Internship Scholarship
    • The Dries Family Student Experience Endowment
    • Felecia Love Greer Student Experience Endowment
    • Gary L. Rozier Professional Experience Fellowships for Economics Majors
    • Robert R. Satterfield Economics Student Opportunities Endowed Funds
    • The Robert R. Satterfield LGBTQ+ Opportunities Endowed Fund

    These funds will be distributed by check sent to the permanent address on file with the university.  Please verify that you address on record is current by visiting https://www.testudo.umd.edu/.  If you are receiving other financial aid or scholarships, you should speak with a Financial Aid counselor to determine whether the funds from this scholarship will impact your Financial Aid package. The Office of Student Financial Aid can be reached at 301-314-9000.