CSM’s Academic Excellence Scholarship Aims High

Counties’ Top High School Graduates Can Start Local, Transfer to More than 40 Universities

A program geared toward providing Charles and St. Mary’s counties’ top high school graduates with a rigorous academic experience is available through the College of Southern Maryland’s Academic Excellence Scholarship Program.

Students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative CSM grade point average (GPA) while enrolled in 12 or more credit hours are awarded a $2,000 scholarship with $500 per semester for four consecutive semesters. During this first year, one recipient will be chosen from each Charles County and St. Mary’s County high school.

“The Academic Excellence Scholarship provides CSM with a way to recognize and reward bright, energetic and caring students who are committed to their studies and who may face some financial challenges in attending college. While CSM is already one of the best values in higher education in the state, this scholarship makes college even more affordable,” said CSM Student and Instructional Support Vice President Dr. Bill Comey.

To apply for the scholarship, students must have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.5, be graduating from a public high school in Charles or St. Mary’s counties this year, and demonstrate financial need.

A similar opportunity is available for students in Calvert County through the Presidential Scholars Program.

“The program is designed to encourage high-achieving, academically prepared seniors to begin their collegiate journey in Southern Maryland, close to home at a college with small class size, affordable tuition, a variety of clubs and athletics, and excellent transfer opportunities,” said CSM Financial Assistance Director Chris Zimmermann.

Scholarship recipients who qualify will have guaranteed transfer admission to more than 40 public and private universities, including George Mason University, The George Washington University, Howard University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Towson University, University of Maryland College Park, Virginia Commonwealth University and Frostburg University.

The scholars program is supported by the CSM Foundation.

For information on the Academic Excellence Scholarship, visit https://www.csmd.edu/costs-aid/non-credit-costs-aid/Financial-Assistance/

For a list of universities with guaranteed transfer admission partnerships with CSM, visit https://www.csmd.edu/student-services/advising/transfer-services/