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Sherman Scholars Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Sherman Scholars Program! Complete the interest form to receive more information.

We accept applications from incoming freshmen and transfer students, current UMBC students, and graduate students.  After applications are reviewed, we invite select candidates to a Scholar Selection Day to interview with Sherman Program representatives. You may gain admission to the program in either fall or spring. The links below provide details.

Application Deadlines:

First-Year (Freshman) Students                        Transfer, Current, and MAT Students
– January 15 Priority                                         – April 15 for Fall Admission
– March 15 Regular                                           – November 15 for Spring Admission

If you are applying to UMBC as a new student, you must submit both an admissions application to UMBC and the Sherman Scholars Program. To be awarded a Sherman scholarship, you must be offered admission to UMBC as an undergraduate or Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidate.

If you are already a student at UMBC, you need complete the Sherman Program application. We also strongly encourage you to arrange a meeting with Sherman Program staff, Christopher Vick, prior to submitting your application.  He can be reached at or 410-455-1237.

About the Application:

Applications are submitted online through the Scholarship Retriever site.  Applicants are encouraged to prepare draft responses for the following prompts prior to accessing the application.

  • Personal Statement – The Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program mission is to support scholars to become culturally responsive and compassionate STEM educators by collaborating with UMBC faculty and local schools. What about the Sherman Scholars Program mission compels you to apply? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? How do your future plans align with our mission?
  • Question 2 -If you plan to seek secondary certification (grades 7-12), tell us your STEM story.  When did you fall in love with the subject?  How would your love of the subject show up in your classroom?


    If you plan to seek certification in elementary (grades 1-6) or early childhood (grades PreK-3), how would STEM show up in your early childhood or elementary classroom?

  • Question 3 – How does a commitment to working with students attending urban or high-poverty schools contribute to your desire to become an educator? What are the challenges and opportunities of serving in an urban or high-poverty school?

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