Dear Applicant: Thank you for your interest in the Maryland Senatorial Scholarship Program.


Eligible applicants must:

  • Be current high school senior, or full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate, or graduate student;
  • be a current resident of Maryland Legislative District 44;
  • file an application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 1;
  • apply for admission to a Maryland college, university or other MHEC accredited postsecondary educational program as a full-time or part-time student taking at least 6 credits. You may use this scholarship at an out-of-state school if your major is not available at any Maryland institution; and
  • enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester), degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student, or attend certain private career schools.

Your scholarship application packet must contain the following items and must be sent to me by U.S. mail and postmarked by, April 15 (no faxes or emails will be accepted). Your application package will be graded and not all applicants may be awarded.

(1) a Senator Sydnor Scholarship Application Form (completed);
(2) a personal narrative of at least 600 words (not more than 1,000) discussing the following topic:

If you had an opportunity to converse with Senator Sydnor about your community, what would you point to as its best quality, and the aspect most in need of change, that you believe he could effect as a Maryland Senator?

(3) Three letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, job supervisors or mentors (no family members or personal friends). The individuals must have personally interacted with you through supervision, instruction, guidance, and/or some important aspect of your life. Each reference should be able to vouch for your character, abilities, and/or activities. Each reference should include their contact information including best telephone number, if it is not indicated in the letterhead. At least one recommendation must be from an academic official such as a school leader, teacher, advisor, or counselor;
(4) an official transcript (SEALED) from your former or current school, to include your most recent grades, or an official copy of your GED certificate;
(5) a copy of your SAT scores if you plan to enroll as a college freshman, or if your transcript shows fewer than 24 college credits;
(6) a document that shows you have applied for FAFSA by March 1st; and (if relevant to you) a copy of your Application for Unique Majors if your major is not available at any Maryland institution and you plan to use this scholarship at an out-of-state school.

Please write the word scholarship on the outside of the envelope and mail this completed application along with all other abovementioned items to the address provided at the top of this application.

Download the Application