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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:

Freshman Applicants – January 15
Transfer, Current, and MAT Applicants
– April 15 for Fall Admission
– 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, Shirelle Ellis-Williams, prior to submitting your application.  She can be reached at or 410-455-1556.

About the Application:

Applications are submitted online through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship. Two letters of recommendation are required, which can be uploaded as an attachment to the application or can mailed with a cover sheet pdf icon. Applicants are encouraged to prepare draft responses for the following prompts prior to accessing the application.

  • Personal Statement – What are your education and career goals? How does the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program fit into those goals? (250 – 500 words)
  • Essay 1 – What is your motivation or inspiration to work with children from underserved communities? (250 – 500 words)
  • Essay 2 – What makes for a great STEM classroom?  Consider your personal experience as a student, experience working with young people, and ideas on promoting a positive learning environment.  (250 – 500 words)

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Additionally, we offer Affiliate status with the Sherman Scholars Program for current UMBC students interested in pursuing alternative certification with a focus on teaching in urban schools and consideration for teaching in STEM content areas. Through this pipeline, we will support students on campus in making a thoughtful decision about entering the teaching profession and expand opportunities for teaching in Baltimore City. Alternative certification programs in Baltimore include Baltimore City Teaching ResidencyTeach for America – Baltimore, and Urban Teachers.

Participating students will:
  • complete at least one school-based Applied Learning Experience per year, working at least three hours per week.
  • receive professional advising and support in completing applications for programs.
  • be connected with contacts at alternative certification programs.
  • attend Sherman Program events to engage in conversation relating to teaching and education.

Students in their final four semesters will be considered. The application Microsoft Word document icon includes a personal statement, brief essay, and a resume.