College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Dreamkeepers Emergency Assistance Grant

Sponsor: Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance  

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Scholarship Description

Sometimes just being able to stay in school is a dream come true.

  • Whether it's tending to a health care bill or a sudden reduction in work hours, unexpected financial crises contribute to high rates of attrition among college students. They also impact college completion rates, ultimately hurting a student's chance of securing a better financial future.
  • The Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance program at the University of Maryland is designed to help students avoid dropping out of school when faced with unforeseen financial difficulties.
  • During the first three years of the program, Dreamkeepers provided more than $1 MILLION IN TOTAL EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO NEARLY 2,500 STUDENTS. In the year 2007, the average Dreamkeepers award was $567.
  • Colleges that have implemented the Dreamkeepers program have seen retention rates skyrocket from an average of 51 percent to 72 percent, helping students over financial hurdles and assuring that they don't have to choose between a financial emergency and staying in school.

Dreamkeepers Emergency Assistance Grant Fact Sheet

  • Funding for the Dreamkeepers Emergency Assistance Grant is designed to assist students who are experiencing temporary hardships. Please note, the Dreamkeepers Emergency Assistance Grant can not be used to pay for costs related to books or tuition and mandatory fees.

The Dreamkeepers Emergency Assistance Grant can be used to assist students with:

  • Delinquent off campus living expenses (i.e. rent/mortgage payment)
  • Delinquent utility bills
  • Delinquent Medical Expenses not covered by insurance
  • Food related expenses (i.e. groceries)

Please be aware that proof of circumstances must be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information regarding the criteria of this grant please contact the Scholarships Office at 301-314-9000.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply to the University of Maryland's Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance program, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Undergraduate student in a degree-seeking program
  • Registered during the semester when your application is received
  • Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress/Good Academic Standing
  • Have a FAFSA form on file for the current school year
If you do not meet one or more of the eligibility requirements above, please contact the Dreamkeepers College Administrator via the contact information at the bottom of this page to discuss your situation.
Assistance is granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.
Complete the online application on this site. Documentation of need, including copies of bills or estimates, is required. Please answer all questions as completely as possible, as applications are reviewed on information supplied. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed until completed and submitted. After submitting an application, you will undergo a short interview to determine eligibility. Documentation in PDF form can be uploaded during the application process or faxed to (301) 405-9265 attn: Dreamkeepers Scholarship. DO NOT MAIL.
If the counselor approves your grant, funds will be available for pick-up by check at the Bursar's office within 24-48 hours. In most cases payment will be made payable to a third party. Payment type will be determined by the college on a case-by-case basis. The maximum grant should not exceed $500/semester. Students are only eligible to receive a grant once per semester, and the lifetime award maximum cannot exceed $1,500/student.

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