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MAY-B Scholarship Program

Purpose: The MAY-B Foundation scholarship provides financial assistance for African-American students ages 16-24 who have lost a parent or legal guardian and are planning to attend an accredited two or four-year college or university.

Application Deadline: April 4, 2018

Amount of Scholarship: Up to $2,500/year.

Award Dates:
Scholarships are awarded annually, on or before July 1 for the proceeding academic year.  They may be renewed (if approved) up to four consecutive years.

Selection Criteria:
Awards are based on financial need, aptitude promise and demonstrated academic achievement.  For a complete description of selection criteria, download the Scholarship Application Form.

Scholarships are awarded annually.  Each application is reviewed by the board of directors and upon careful review, the applicant has the opportunity to receive an award of up to $2,500 each year for up to four years.

Other Qualifications:
Must currently reside in the Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia Tri-state area

How to Apply:
All applicants must submit all application materials. Applications materials include:

  • A completed Scholarship Application Form.
  • An official copy of a school transcript and grade report from the school currently attending or most recently attended. The official school transcript should list all grade points earned and academic course work completed to date.
  • A brief statement (500-word limit) describing the emotional and financial impact due to the loss of a parent (s) or guardian. Please include information on leadership roles and extracurricular activities.
  • Two letters of recommendation: One from a teacher, school administrator, or counselor.  The second letter from an individual supportive of the applicant's goals.

Applications may be filled out online or downloaded from the MAY-B Foundation website at:

Or Mail Complete Application To:
The MAY-B Foundation
c/o The MAY-B Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 1412
Laurel, Maryland 20725-1412



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