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. 

Please complete the this application for funding consideration for Summer/Fall 2021 experiences by the best consideration date of Tuesday, June 1, 2021 by 5 PM. Funding will be allocated on a rolling basis, based on availability of funds. This application will close on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 by 5 PM or when funding for Summer/Fall 2021 experiences has been exhausted. 

Click here to complete your application for Summer/Fall 2021 funding.

Note: If requesting for funding for a Summer 2021 experience, please submit your application by Thursday, July 1, 2021. If requesting funding for a Fall 2021 experience, please submit your application by Wednesday, September 1, 2021. 

For recommendations on how to write a successful application, and view a list of the kinds of expenses that may be considered for funding, check out these suggestions from the selection committee.

Eligibility Requirements:

Summer/Fall Funds:

  • Submit a complete application (all questions answered) by the Best Consideration Date of Tuesday, June 1, 2021 by 5 PM. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Have completed at least one semester (Spring 2021 or earlier) at the University of Maryland.
  • Have at least one semester (Fall 2021 or later) left as a student at the University of Maryland - Awards will be made for Summer/Fall 2021 experiences, thus seniors who are graduating Spring 2021 are ineligible to apply.
  • Be enrolled in a BSOS major or an ENSP track housed within BSOS.
  • Notification will occur in mid-June 2021 for those that apply by the "best consideration" date. Applicants who apply after the best consideration date can expect to receive a response the following Friday after application has been submitted. 
    All recipients will be asked to submit a Thank You video, which will be shared with the donor(s) of the fund you are receiving. 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 Summer/Fall 2021. 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

 

Winter/Spring Funds:

  • Submit a complete application (all questions answered) by the deadline (TBD): Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Have at least one semester (Spring 2022 or later) left as a student at the University of Maryland - Awards will be made for Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 experiences, thus seniors who are graduating December 2021 are ineligible to apply.
  • Be enrolled in a BSOS major or an ENSP track housed within BSOS.
  • Notification will occur TBD. All recipients will be asked to submit a Thank You video, which will be shared with the donor(s) of the fund you are receiving. 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 2021. 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 unpaid 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.

 

COVID-19 Considerations

Should a student participate in-person at an internship site, then adherence to current state and local COVID-19 directives, and CDC guidelines is required. Also, should such a student elect to continue in-person at the internship, it is done at the student's own risk. Please note that a student who is in a paid internship but not receiving academic credit is considered to be independently employed and should discuss any employment matters related to COVID-19 with their employer. The University is not a party to, and has no control over, a private employment relationship. For more information regarding internship guidance during COVID-19, please visit: https://careers.umd.edu/internship-guidance-during-covid-19
 

These BSOS experiences are generously supported by the following funds:

  • The Anthropology Student Experience Fund 
  • The Dean Gregory F. Ball Student Experience Endowment
  • The Beardsley Family Endowed Student Experience Fund
  • The Dr. Jack Blanchard and Dr. Melanie E. Bennett Student Experience Endowment
  • The Taylor and Brandon Cole Student Experience Endowment 
  • The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) Student Experience Fund
  • The Dean's Student Advisory Council Unpaid Internship Scholarship
  • The Dries Family Student Experience Endowment
  • The Felecia Love Greer Student Experience Endowment
  • The Gary L. Rozier Professional Experience Fellowships for Economics Majors 
  • The Dr. Katherine F. Russell and George L. Askew, MD Student Experience Endowment
  • The Robert R. Satterfield Economics Student Opportunities Endowed Funds
  • The Robert R. Satterfield LGBTQ+ Opportunities Endowed Fund
     

These award funds may be deposited into your Student Financial Account or distributed by check sent to the permanent address on file with the university.  Please verify that your 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.