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The Banneker/Key Scholarship gets its name from two very prominent figures in American history, Benjamin Banneker and Francis Scott Key, both of whom resided in Maryland. This exceptional scholarship opportunity is offered to only a select group of applicants who have demonstrated significant academic leadership and accomplishment in high school.
All freshman applicants to the University of Maryland who are admitted to the Honors College are considered for nomination to the Banneker/Key Scholarship. No additional application materials are required. The Banneker/Key Scholarship Selection Committee members carefully review the entire application of each Banneker/Key Scholarship nominee. Semifinalists for the scholarship are invited to campus for an interview as part of the final selection process. Each fall, we welcome about 150 new Banneker/Key Scholars to campus.
The Banneker/Key Scholarship is awarded to a selected undergraduate student for a maximum of
eight (8) consecutive undergraduate semesters, provided the student remains in compliance with
scholarship policies as outlined in this document. The student must register for a minimum of 12
credits per semester, maintain a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average (GPA), and
successfully complete 30 credits per academic year. Please note: the student must average 15
credits per semester over the Fall/Spring semesters to meet the 30 credit requirement. A
Banneker/Key Scholarship recipient who graduates from his/her undergraduate program early
cannot receive the unused portion of his/her scholarship money toward graduate school or any
graduate portion of a combined Bachelor/Master’s program. In addition, the scholarship funds
are designated for Fall and Spring terms and cannot be used for other undergraduate semesters or
terms without prior approval and often with restrictions.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement
The student must maintain a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA. The GPA used for this review is
not rounded. Therefore, a 3.199 does not equal a 3.20 cumulative GPA. The Office of Student
Financial Aid (OSFA) will review the cumulative GPA at the conclusion of each Fall and Spring
semester. In the event the student fails to maintain a 3.20 cumulative GPA, the student will have
one probationary semester to raise his/her GPA. After the probationary semester, if the student’s
cumulative GPA is again below a 3.20, the scholarship will be canceled for any future semesters.
The student may take courses on campus during the winter and summer terms to bring up his/her
cumulative GPA but the cost of winter and summer courses are not covered by the scholarship. If
the scholarship was canceled and the student subsequently raises his/her GPA to a 3.20 or higher,
the student may submit a request for reinstatement of the scholarship. Please note: the student is
given only one probationary semester for the duration of his/her scholarship eligibility.
ANNUAL CREDIT COMPLETION REQUIREMENT
The student must successfully complete 30 credits per academic year. For the purposes of this
policy, successful completion of a course is defined as any course in which a grade of +/-
A,B,C,D,S, or P is received. The student may take courses on or off-campus during the winter
and summer terms to make up any necessary credits, but the cost of these courses is not covered
by the scholarship. In the event the student fails to successfully complete 30 credits each
academic year, the scholarship will be canceled for any future semesters. Please note: there is no
probationary term for failure to successfully complete 30 credits per academic year