Department-Based Aid and Scholarships

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering currently offers the following scholarship:

$2000 MSE Top Terp Department Scholarships

Top Terp Scholarships are offered exclusively to high school seniors who attend one of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Open Houses. In addition to attending a MSE Open House, the student must be accepted and enroll in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland the following fall semester with materials science and engineering (MSE) as their declared major. The funds will be transferred to his or her student account.

The MSE Top Terp Scholarship is independent from University scholarship awards and requires an application to the Department, which is made available during the MSE Open House. The Top Terp scholarship is for one year only and is not renewable.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Isabel Lloyd
Undergraduate Program Director

Clark School, University, and Federal Aid and Scholarships

The A. James Clark School of Engineering offers engineering scholarships to talented undergraduates (including transfer and returning students) enrolled at the School. Students may also apply for Federal financial aid, national scholarships, and university scholarships. To learn more, please visit:

  • The University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid
    Consider starting here. This site provides everything you need to know about financial aid, including what is available, how to apply, calendars of deadlines, and information on financial literacy.
  • Scholarship programs for Undergraduate Engineering Students
    The Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Special Programs web site provides information about engineering scholarships for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current students.
  • Celebration of Scholarship
    Search all University of Maryland scholarships and learn about donors and recipients.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    We highly recommend that all students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the February 15 University of Maryland priority deadlin.
  • The University of Maryland's National Scholarships Office
    The National Scholarships Office at the University of Maryland provides undergraduates with the best possible information, guidance and support as they learn about and apply for national scholarships. Use their site to browse for all kinds of scholarships or request an appointment.
  • The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
    Through the University of Maryland's Academic Achievement Program Office, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares students who are primarily from low-income, first generation and traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral studies. Benefits include test preparation, counseling, mentoring, tutoring, help in acquiring graduate school funding, research opportunities, special classes, and more.


Part time employment is sometimes available in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The Clark School and the University of Maryland also provide employment services: