IN 2016 LEADERS OF THE 13 MICUA MEMBER INSTITUTIONS announced the launch of the Guaranteed Access Partnership Program (GAPP). This first-of-its-kind program was created to reduce college costs and moderate student debt for Maryland high school students who lack the financial resources to afford higher education. Through the partnership, MICUA institutions provide a matching grant award to students who receive a State Guaranteed Access grant.
MICUA member institutions also offer individual need- and merit-based grants and scholarships to promote diversity.
At Hood College, the Hodson-Gilliam Diversity Scholarship, named in honor of James H. Gilliam Jr., encourages students with demonstrated academic achievement to apply for the scholarship to support their enrollment. This scholarship is designated specifically for students of color. Annually, the number of Hodson-Gilliam Diversity Scholarships awarded is between 40 and 50 students. This award is for $2,000 per year and is renewed automatically.
McDaniel College has competitive scholarships for College Bound and CollegeTracks students, which has led to increased awareness of McDaniel and a complementary increase in applications from Baltimore area students. In 2016, McDaniel launched Teachers for Tomorrow with Howard County Public Schools. This program provides full scholarships to McDaniel, including room and board, for a select group of Howard County graduates who commit to teach in the County for three years following college graduation.
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) offers numerous scholarship programs to meet the needs of culturally diverse students, including the Da Vinci Scholarship, Eddie C. and Sylvia Brown Scholarship, Ruth Jenkins Bristor Scholarship, Leslie King-Hammond Scholarship, Marwen Scholarship, and McMillan Stewart Scholarship. These scholarship awards are renewable annually.
St. John’s College offers several financial aid programs and scholarships designed to promote cultural diversity, including need-based financial aid to minority students from the Hodson Trust, need-based financial aid for students of Turkish heritage or Turkish citizens from the Ertegun Education Fund, and financial assistance for international students from the Proxenos Fund.