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A major function of AA-I is to provide scholarships for the Fall and Spring semesters to undergraduate students at the USM institutions. The students MUST APPLY THROUGH THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE AT THEIR SCHOOL but they must meet the eligibility criteria of AA-I.

Eligibility Criteria:
  1. First one of the following must apply:
    • New Enrollees – BSU, CSC, FSU, SU, TU, UMBC, UMCP, UMES:
      Must have a combined SAT score minimum of 1000 (1200 preferred) and 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative academic high school grad point average.
    or
    • New Enrollees – UB, UMB, UMUC:
      Must have completed 60 credits of study and have a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average.
    or
    • Transfer Students:
      Must have been accepted in one of the USM institutions and have a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average from the institution from which transfer is being made.
    or
    • Students currently enrolled at USM institutions
      Must have a minimum cumulative 3.25 grade point average.
  2. Must be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student with a minimum of 12 semester hours.
  3. Must be a Maryland resident (as defined in the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Policy on Student Residency Classification for Admission, Tuition and Charge-Differential Purposes) at the time of application.
  4. Must have documented leadership ability demonstrated through community and school activities.
    ** Documentation in application package must include:
    1. A written statement from each applicant with information about interests, leadership/participation in community and/or school activities, career goals, etc.
    2. Transcripts
    3. Reference letters (Professors/Deans/Teachers/Counselors) –minimum of 2
  5. Must maintain a cumulative 3.25 grade point average to remain in good standing.


Responsibilities of the Office of Financial Aid of the USM Institution:
  1. Receive applications – completed applicant summary form and application documentation package. (For each applicant, fill in the RECEIVED BY: on the applicant summary form.)
  2. Review application(s) for eligibility criteria and application requirements. (Fill in the REVIEWED BY: field on the applicant summary form.)
  3. Evaluate qualified applicants and select scholarship recipient(s) and alternate(s). Determine the amount of funding to be allocated to recipient(s) from the amount allocated by AA-I.
  4. Notify AA-I of the selected scholarship recipient (s) and alternate(s) and amount of funding awarded for each by April 15. Please include a copy of the selected recipient(s) applicant summary form and application package.
    Audra Whitelock
    Assistant Director of Administration Alumni Association-International, Inc.
    8121 Woodloo Court
    Ellicott City, MD 21043
    ATTN: AA-I Scholarship Program

    301-332-8817 (O)
    301-441-9302 (Fax)
  5. AA-I will award funds within the first two weeks of September (fall semester) and February (spring semester). Information provdied to AA-I during the application approval process in regards to their GPA will be used to process the fall award. Enrollment verification will be need to be submitted in the fall after the add/drop period for each recipient. If a recipient changes their enrollment status to an ineligble status all award funds will need to be returned to AA-I or transferred to alternate recipient. Updated GPA veriifcation will be requested at the end of the fall semester to ensure spring funds for each recipient. Enrollment verification will be need to be submitted in the spring after the add/drop period for each recipient. If a recipient changes their enrollment status to an ineligble status all award funds will need to be returned to AA-I or transferred to alternate recipient.
  6. Publicize scholarship program during recruiting and in appropriate institution publications.


Responsibilities of AA-I
  1. Provide notification, policies/procedures, and financial information to institution admission and financial aid offices, detailing the program and eligibility requirements.
  2. Receive copies of recipient(s) and alternate(s) application summary form and application package from each USM Financial Aid office by April 15th .
  3. Pay tuition and mandatory fees directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient(s) each semester within the first two weeks of September (fall semester) and February (spring semester).


AA-I Policy
  1. RE: DUPLICATE TUITION & MANDATORY FEES FUNDING
    In the event the recipient of an AA-I Scholarship receives other scholarship funding which includes tuition and mandatory fees, whether in full or in part, the dollar amount of the AA-I Scholarship award shall be reduced to prevent any duplicate funding. In no case shall the cumulative total for scholarship funding awarded to a student for tuition and mandatory fees exceed the amount charged by the applicable USM institution.

    In the event any portion of the above noted duplicate funding ceases to be available to the recipient for the 2nd semester, as long as he/she continues to meet the other criteria for AA-I’s scholarship Program, AA-I’s funding for the 2nd semester may be adjusted or reinstated, as appropriate, upon receipt of written notification form the applicable institution.

  2. RE: FUNDING IF A RECIPIENT ELECTS TO GO ELSEWHERE
    AA-I Scholarships approved for funding are paid on a per semester basis to the applicable USM institution and not to the student. The approved funding will be applied against the student’s tuition and mandatory fees. The approved funding will be based upon the Institution’s Schedule of Fees at the time the scholarship application is submitted.

    Should a recipient of an AA-I Scholarship award elect not to attend the USM institution that had submitted his/her application for consideration, that institution forfeits the right to receive those scholarship funds for the current award cycle. However, should a student transfer to another USM institution during the approved for funding academic year, the scholarship will transfer with the student, as long as the above criteria are met. The transferable funding amount is limited to the lesser of 1) the originally approved funding, or 2) the fee for the Institution into which the student is transferring.

 
 
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