Who is Eligible?

  • To be eligible, a student must:

    • Be a Baltimore City resident and a 2019 high school graduate.
    • Enroll at BCCC for the term immediately following high school graduation.
    • Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), if the student is eligible to apply for state and federal financial aid.
    • Participate in the Mayor’s Scholars Summer Bridge Program, which is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2019. Mayor’s Scholars are automatically enrolled in the Summer Bridge Program and must participate to enroll in Fall 2019 classes.

How Does A Student Apply?

    • Complete the BCCC application by April 20, 2019, at
      bccc.edu/apply and indicate that you are applying for
      the Mayor’s Scholars Program.
    • Complete a FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov by March 1, 2019, and
      enter the BCCC code 002061.
    • Take the Accuplacer exam by April 20, 2019.
    • Ask your school counselor to send an official copy of your
      high school transcript to BCCC by April 20, 2019.
    • If you take the SAT or ACT, have the official scores sent to BCCC
      by April 20, 2019.

What expenses does the Mayor’s Scholars Program cover?

  • The program covers BCCC tuition and mandatory college fees. It does not cover textbooks, transportation, food and other out-of-pocket costs for students.

Can students attend a four-year college for free?

  • Coppin State University has offered to provide scholarships covering full tuition to Mayor’s Scholars who graduate with an Associate’s Degree from BCCC. Depending on student grades and other criteria, students may be eligible for scholarships and grants at Maryland colleges and around the country.


What is a last-dollar scholarship?

  • The Mayor’s Scholars Program is a last-dollar scholarship that funds the difference between a student’s state and federal financial aid award and the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at BCCC. Because it is “last-dollar,” all students who are eligible must submit a FAFSA.

What if a student is not eligible for state and federal financial aid?

  • If a student cannot submit a FAFSA due to their immigration status, that student is still eligible for the Mayor’s Scholars Program. All information regarding immigration status will remain confidential.

    If a student submits a FAFSA and is determined not to be eligible for state or federal financial aid due to household income, the student
    will still receive the Mayor’s Scholars Program scholarship, if all other criteria are met.

How can students get assistance to complete their FAFSAs?

  • Students and their parents can get help completing FAFSAs from their high school guidance counselors, CollegeBound counselors and BCCC’s financial aid office. The FAFSA process can be long, as many students are required to confirm or provide additional information after initial submission. Students should begin the FAFSA process early.


What BCCC programs are included?

  • Mayor’s Scholars can enroll in any BCCC associate degree, certificate or eligible job training programs. Nursing and health professions require an additional application.

Does the Mayor’s Scholars Program scholarship apply to certified job training programs?

  • Yes, students interested in taking a certified job training program at BCCC can be part of the Mayor’s Scholars Program. They do not need to fill out FAFSA, but they should still submit an application to BCCC by April 20, 2019. Eligible certified job training programs will help prepare students for high-demand careers in health care, construction and transportation, and information technology/cybersecurity.

Is there a minimum GPA required?

  • A minimum GPA is not required to enter the Mayor’s Scholars Program. Students, however, must be enrolled full-time (12 credits or more for associate degree), remain in good academic standing and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA while attending BCCC.

How long does the scholarship last?

  • The Mayor’s Scholars Program will cover tuition and mandatory fees for up to three years for an associate degree or one and a half times the expected completion time of any BCCC certificate or certified job training program.

Are students who graduate from private, parochial or homeschooling eligible?

  • Yes. Any student who lives in Baltimore City and graduates from high school in 2019 is eligible to enroll in the Mayor’s Scholars Program for the 2019-20 academic year. This is a change in the eligibility requirements from the previous year.

Are immigrant students eligible for the Mayor’s Scholars Program?

  • Yes. Students are eligible regardless of their immigration status. All information regarding immigration status will remain confidential. Students with certain immigrant statuses such as Special Juvenile Visa holders, T and U Visa holders, asylum seekers and undocumented students should not complete a FAFSA.

Additional questions?