Board of Regents Student Excellence Scholarships

Background & Purpose: The University System of Maryland (USM) is the state’s public higher education system consisting of 12 institutions and 3 regional higher education centers spread across the state of Maryland. Consistently ranked as one of the most premier university systems in the country, the USM prides itself on its ability to inspire the next generation of leaders that go on to shape policy, science, technology, business, education, art, and culture.

Keeping in line with the mission and vision of the USM, the Board of Regents and the University System of Maryland Student Council (USMSC) are introducing the Board of Regents Student Excellence Scholarships to recognize exceptionally talented students who are making contributions in various aspects of student life. 


The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Current undergraduate students (taking 9 credits or more) or graduate students (no credit minimum, student must meet continuous registration requirements of student's respective graduate school) who are enrolled at a USM institution (even via a Regional Higher Education Center) in Spring 2023
  • Be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or above and/or as verified by the nominee’s institution)
  • Be in good conduct/disciplinary standing (as determined by the nominee’s institution)
  • Apply based on work/service that is not part of course or internship requirements or a job


Awards will be granted to up to two undergraduate students (one freshman or sophomore and one junior or senior) and up to one graduate student from among the diverse USM student community exhibiting achievements in the following categories: (1) Leadership and Advocacy; (2) Outreach and Engagement; (3) Innovation and Creativity; and (4) Academics, Scholarship, and Research

Leadership and Advocacy: This category recognizes students’ achievements in advocacy and leadership on campus. This may include, but is not limited to, advancing a cause, policy, or program objective that benefits the campus community; leadership within student organizations or athletics; mentoring; and justice and inclusion work.

Outreach and Engagement: This category recognizes students’ achievements in public service, outreach, and engagement in the community outside of their university and beyond. This may include, but is not limited to, community service/volunteer work in civic, social, and/or cultural organizations; civic engagement; and philanthropy.

Innovation and Creative Activity: This category recognizes students’ achievements in the creative and performing arts (music, dance, fine arts, literature) and/or innovations to include entrepreneurship.

Academics, Scholarship, and Research: This category recognizes students’ academic, scholarship, or research achievements as exemplified by one or more of the following: a stellar academic record; extraordinary publications; substantive research; merit awards; competitive selection for presentations at regional and national academic societies and conferences; etc.

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Questions to:
Dr. Zakiya Lee
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff
USM Academic and Student Affairs
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