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Distinguished Scholar Award

Sponsored by: Maryland Higher Education Commission

Applicants are nominated by their high schools during junior year (with achievement of unweighted 3.7 academic FIPA or higher). Talent in the arts (dance, drama, visual arts, vocal & instrumental music) or by being named a finalist by the National Merit Corporation.


Application Deadline March 1
Scholarship, Grant, Fellowship or Contest Scholarship
Number of Applications 4200
Awarded every year? yes
Renewable up to three years if recipient maintains minimum annual 3.0 GPA and parents maintain Maryland residency.
Must be repaid? no
Required to attend a specific school? no



Max $3,000
Average $3,000
Min $3,000


Average 1360

Contact Information

Marie Janiszewski
Program Manager
Maryland Higher Education Commission
United States

Phone: (410) 260-4569
Fax: (410) 260-3203

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