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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships are gifts that do not need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.



FCC Foundation Scholarships

The FCC Foundation Scholarship application opens three times per year and is available to all FCC students.

  • Fall: February 1st through August 31st 
  • Spring: October 1st through December 31st 
  • Summer: Summer funds depend on availability of funding. 
The FCC Foundation also has a Student Emergency Assistance Fund available to assist students with emergencies that arise.

Additional Scholarships listed below. 

Athletic Scholarships

Full-time students who are playing a sport at FCC may be eligible for athletic scholarships. Please contact your coach for details!

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New scholarships added daily. Membership 100% free for students. Create a profile today. Students at any education level, school, field of study, and GPA will be considered. Degree programs: Law, Nursing, Medical, Art, STEM, Engineering, Psychology, Computer Science.

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Building Trades Scholarships

Scholarships are available for FCC students enrolled in credit courses in Building Trades, or non-credit courses in Trades & Vocational Training (Electrical, HVAC or Welding). Eligible applicants can receive an award up to $500.

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Campus Based Educational Assistance Grant (CBEAG)

The CBEAG is available to full-time students who enroll in an associate degree, are eligible for the in-state tuition rate, submit their FAFSA or MSFAA after 3/1, and demonstrate financial need. Students must submit a Drug-Free Pledge to be eligible and should monitor their myFCC email for instructions if they are offered this award.

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Charles W. Riley Firefighter & Ambulance & Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program

The Riley scholarship is for students who are actively engaged as a career firefighter or ambulance rescue squad member in an organized fire department or ambulance/rescue squad in the State. Students can enroll full or part-time in an eligible undergraduate program (Fire service technology, emergency medical technology, fire service management, or public safety administration with a minor or concentration in fire service technology or fire service management). Eligible students must apply within MDCAPS and submit all required documents by 4/15. There are service obligation requirements with this award.

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Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program

The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program supports eligible FCC students by providing increased access to affordable on-campus child care services at the Children's Center. Student-parents who are accepted into the program will receive a voucher to help cover the cost of child care services provided by the Children's Center. The CCAMPIS program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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CollegeBoard provides many resources for students, including a the BigFuture scholarship search. Beyond scholarships, it provides information to prospective students looking to apply for college and related information to assist with the process.

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Community Foundation of Frederick County

The Community Foundation of Frederick County offers a General Scholarship application. It opens annually from Feb. 15 through March 15. Part-time and full-time students are encouraged to apply. This one application is used to screen for 250 different scholarship opportunities.

Please see their website for more information and how to apply.

Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program

Students must be eligible for in-state tuition under the provisions of Education Article, Title 15, Annotated Code of Maryland, enroll full-time in an approved credit-bearing degree or an approved credit- bearing certificate program, be within two years of graduation from the individual’s credit-bearing degree or credit- bearing certificate program, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 while enrolled at FCC in an approved Cybersecurity field. Students receiving a Federal Cyber Corps Scholarships for Service are not eligible for this award. Students must apply within MDCAPS by 7/1.

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Delegate Scholarship

The State of Maryland Delegate Scholarship is offered by the local State Delegates to Maryland residents who plan to pursue a post-secondary credential full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester).

Students should contact their local delegates for instructions on how to apply. For a list and contact information of the student's local delegates, please click here or visit the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

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Educational Assistance (EA) Grant

The EA Grant is available to full-time students who enroll in an associate degree, are eligible for the in-state tuition rate, submit their FAFSA or MSFAA by 3/1, and demonstrate financial need. Students are required to accept this award in MDCAPS if they are offered the award.

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Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program and Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program

Applicants must be: the son, daughter, stepchild, or the surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died as a result of military service or who suffered a service-connected 100% permanent disability as result of military service; a veteran who suffers a service-connected disability of 25% or greater, as a result of military service, and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal veterans’ educational benefits; the son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon in Virginia, or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania; a POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict or his/her son, daughter, or stepchild and was a resident of this State at the time the person was declared to be a prisoner of war or missing in action the son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who died in the line of duty or who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty; or a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty; a veteran, as defined under § 9–901 of the State Government Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, who either suffers a service connected disability of 25% or greater and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal veterans’ educational benefits; the son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a school employee who, as a result of an act of violence either died in the line of duty or sustained an injury in the line of duty that rendered the school employee 100% disabled.

Eligible students should email Shelby Metzgar in the Financial Aid Office at [email protected]. Applications are due by 7/15.

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Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant

The GA Grant is available to full-time students who enroll in an associate degree, are eligible for the in-state tuition rate, submit their FAFSA or MSFAA by 3/1, demonstrate financial need, meet specific high school GPA/GED Scores, and submit all required documents to MHEC by 4/1. Students are required to accept this award in MDCAPS if they are offered the award.

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow Scholars.

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Maryland Part-Time Grant (MDPTG)

  1. Must be a permanent resident of Maryland (this includes students and their parents, if they are a dependent student).
  2. Must have financial need as determined by the FAFSA or the MSFAA - EFC limit is 9,000 OR dually enrolled students must receive Free & Reduced Meals (FARM) as verified by FCPS.
  3. Shall not have any C-codes that impact eligibility for Title IV aid (ex: cannot be in default on a student loan)
  4. Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  5. Must be enrolled in 6 to 11 credits
  6. Preference is given to students that were offered the EA/GA Grants but were enrolled less-than-full-time.
  7. Preference is given to early FAFSA applicants (March 1st) and then by lowest EFC
  8. Shall not receive the MDPTG for more than eight years
  9. Shall not receive an EA Grant < 12 appeal and a MDPTG in the same semester (this applies to all allied health students)
  10. Shall not receive MDPTG & SEOG during the same semester
  11. Shall not be awarded for Courses Not Used (CNU)
    • A full-time student who is enrolled in CNUs shall not be awarded MDPTG for the eligible coursework
  12. Students with a bachelor's degree may be awarded MDPTG
  13. Must be enrolled in an associates program or be a dually enrolled student
  14. Student must sign the Drug-Free Pledge via PerfectForm or in MDCAPS when accepting an EA/GA offer

Award amounts
The award amount is $500 for students enrolled in 6-11 credits.

Awards are based on the student's enrollment in required coursework at the time the award is disbursed.

Awards are not guaranteed as they will be made based on the availability of funds.

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Parents Lead

Parents Lead is a Frederick Community College program providing assistance to parents in the pursuit of a college degree. This program is designed especially for financially-eligible parents, the program provides specialized curriculum and advising services as well as FCC Foundation scholarships for childcare while parents attend classes, or for other costs associated with child rearing. This cohort-based program is a combination of online and on-campus classes. Additional financial aid is available to assist eligible students with tuition and fees.

Inspire your children to pursue an education by earning a degree at FCC. The value of an education lasts for generations.

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Project Forward Step

Eligible applicants must be current participants in the Project Forward Step program. Single parents and adults age 24 and over who are low income, out-of-workforce, or homeless, and are beginning or continuing their education in order to enter the workforce, increase their marketable skills, change careers, or advance in a current job in order to become economically self-sufficient are eligible to apply. For Perkins Direct Student Aid, applicants also must be pursuing an approved career program at FCC.

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Senatorial Scholarship

Degree-seeking students and their parents (if they are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) by 3/1.

If your State senator makes his/her own awards, you must call or write to your legislator for further instructions. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) can provide a list of all State legislators.

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The Peg & Orley Bourland Educational Assistance Fund

This scholarship is to provide financially need-based funds for post-secondary education in trade, vocational or technical fields to help defray the costs associated with tuition, fees, testing, tutoring, trade tools and supplies, etc. 
Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a resident of Walkersville feeder school areas
  • Must describe their financial need, career goals, and specify how the funds will be used
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational program 
  • Preference is given to applicants who are pursuing vocational, technical and skilled trade fields
The award(s) can be any amount needed, but will not exceed $1,000 per fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Applications are due a minimum of 30 days prior to when the funds need to be paid.

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Tuition Waiver for Students with Disabilities

The SSI/SSDI waiver is available for students who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. This waiver can be used to cover any outstanding tuition charges after all financial aid, with the exception of loans, are applied. More information about this waiver can be found under the “Students with Disabilities Tuition Waiver” section of each semester’s Credit Course Schedule.

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Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship

The Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to United States armed forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or spouses who are current high school seniors, and full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution.
Students must submit their FAFSA by 3/1 and submit the application and all required documents within MDCAPS by 3/1.

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Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program (WSSAG)

The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) program is for students who plan on working in specific career/occupational programs upon graduation.  Eligible fields include: child care, human services, teaching, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work, and public service.
Interested students must apply and submit all required documents within MDCAPS by 7/1.

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Contact Information

Phone Icon301.846.2620 (option 1)

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Office Hours

Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday* 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*January - July and August
Available until 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays