College Scholarships and Awards

Thanks to the generous support of many alumni and friends, the college is pleased to offer numerous scholarships and awards for CMNS undergraduate students. All CMNS college scholarships will take into consideration BOTH academic merit and financial need. Priority will be given to students who have not previously completed a bachelor’s degree.

Students seeking support must complete an electronic application to help us review their qualifications/match for available scholarships and awards. Students will be considered for all college scholarships for which they are eligible.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible for an award if:

  • Your primary major is in CMNS. Please note that Computer Engineering is NOT a CMNS primary major.
  • You have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). This allows us to determine financial need. Students who do not have a FAFSA on file for the coming academic year will not be considered for CMNS scholarships.
  • You are currently enrolled in the spring semester and will be returning for the next academic year. CMNS scholarships are not awarded to new fall freshmen and transfer students.
  • Students who received a CMNS scholarship in 2023-24 and are continuing their studies in 2024-25 MUST REAPPLY to be considered for a scholarship in the coming academic year. 


CMNS Scholarships are awarded on an annual cycle.  The application period for CMNS Scholarships is NOW CLOSED. The Scholarship Application opens in late March and continues through early May.   Applications are reviewed during the summer and students are notified by mid August.

Application Information

  • Our application has now shifted to a new platform being used by the University and the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Scholarship Universe (SU) platform will allow you to apply for CMNS Undergraduate Scholarships and to search/apply for other on-campus and off-campus scholarships you may be eligible for now or in the future.
  • The SU platform will communicate with your or email account, so be sure to look for those communications. When you have successfully submitted your application, be sure to see that you have received a confirmation email (and check your spam folder as well). All scholarship award notifications will be made through the SU platform to these same email accounts.
  • In addition to brief demographic and major/career interest questions, students should be prepared to cut and paste a resume into their application.
  • Because the SU platform draws a lot of demographic and financial eligibility information from UMD records, the application completion time should be much shorter. We estimate that it will take 30 minutes or less to complete the application.
  • You may start/stop your application without losing information.  However, you must complete/submit the application for it to be reviewed and considered. Submitted applications will receive an email confirmation.

To Complete an Application

Application information will be posted in March 2025.


Students with additional questions about CMNS scholarships should email Associate Dean Robert Infantino at

Department Scholarships and Awards

In addition to the scholarships and awards that are administered at the college level, many departments in CMNS have additional scholarship and award opportunities available for students. We encourage you to visit your program's website to learn more about the eligibility requirements and timeline, and to apply.