The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is open to all high-achieving high school seniors who have an interest in pursuing doctoral study in the sciences or engineering, and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in the sciences and related fields. Students must be nominated for the program and are most typically nominated by their high school administrators, guidance counselors, and teachers.
The Meyerhoff Selection Committee considers students academic performance, standardized test scores, recommendation letters, and commitment to community service. Scholars are selected for their interests in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, or computer science, as well as their plans to pursue a Ph.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. in the sciences or engineering. Reviewing the freshman class profile may provide an idea of the kinds of students who are admitted to UMBC and the Meyerhoff Scholars Program.
Applicants are expected to have completed a strong college preparatory program of study from an accredited high school. The minimum program of study should include:
A) English: four years
B) Social Science/History: three years
C) Mathematics*: three years
D) Science: three years
E) Language other than English: two years
*Students are strongly recommended to have completed four years of mathematics, including trigonometry, pre-calculus, and/or calculus.
To be considered for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, prospective students must have at least a "B" average in high school science or math courses, and many applicants have completed a year or more of calculus. Preference is given to those who have taken advanced placement courses in math and science, have research experience, and have strong references from science or math instructors. In recent years, a strong preference has been given to those students interested in the Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. (over the M.D.).
Students must meet all eligibility requirements:
A) *If provided – Minimum of 600 on the Math component of the SAT or a composite score of 24 on the ACT
B) Cumulative High School GPA of a 3.0 or above
C) Aspire to obtain a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in Math, Science, Computer Science, or Engineering
D) Display commitment to community service
E) Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Historically, application to the Meyerhoff Program was initiated through nomination. While it is no longer a requirement to be nominated for our program, it is highly encouraged. Nominations are most frequently submitted by high school administrators, guidance counselors, or teachers. Deserving students may also be nominated by other adults who are influential in their educational and personal lives, including community leaders, mentors, and family.
The typical application and selection process is as follows:
A) September 15 Nomination letters are sent to principals and guidance counselors, explaining eligibility criteria and how to access the online nomination forms.
B) October 15 Though we encourage nominations by this date, submissions received later will be processed without penalty to the student. Correspondence encouraging application to the Meyerhoff Scholars Program is sent directly to the nominee's mailing address and/or email address as provided on the nomination form. Please note: the nomination form will close 9:00am EST, December 1, 2020.
C) November 1 UMBC Admissions Early Action Deadline. In addition to the Meyerhoff Scholars application, students must submit a general UMBC application for undergraduate admission and are encouraged to take advantage of the Early Action admissions deadline of November 1.
D) December 1 Meyerhoff Online Application Priority Deadline. Meyerhoff Program applications and supporting documents will be accepted beyond the Priority Deadline until the online submission portal closes January 15, 2021. We strongly encourage submission no later than January 10 to facilitate timely review of your application. Click here for detailed instructions on HOW TO APPLY to the Meyerhoff Scholars Program
E) January 31 On this date invitations to participate in one of two Meyerhoff Selection Weekends are mailed to top applicants meeting eligibility criteria, including submission of a completed UMBC undergraduate admissions application and a Meyerhoff Scholars Program application. Invited students are required to take UMBC Math placement test prior to their Selection Weekend.
F) April 1 Meyerhoff decision letters are mailed to all applicants.
G) May 1 Students accept or reject Meyerhoff and UMBC admission invitations. This deadline includes students who applied under early action.