The Cummings Baltimore Scholars Program reflects the university’s long-standing investment in the students of Baltimore and its public school system and recognizes the best and brightest students from the communities around our home base.
Johns Hopkins University is proud to offer the Cummings Baltimore Scholars Program, a cohort experience with a generous, two-tiered financial aid program that recognizes high-achieving Baltimore City public school and public charter school graduates from families that earn up to $150,000 and have typical assets.
more than a scholarship
The Cummings Baltimore Scholars Program is a multi-dimensional program designed to connect students with resources and opportunities during their four years at Hopkins. Administered by the Center for Student Success in partnership with the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid, the Program provides a full range of opportunities that enhance the undergraduate experience in and outside the classroom: paid internships, peer and faculty mentoring, career networking, connections with alumni, and community engagement initiatives. Cummings Scholars also have access to specialized programming—lecture series, and dinners with deans, administrators, and senior faculty—as well as supplemental funds for internship, research, and study abroad opportunities.
Graduates of the program have gone on to attend graduate school at premier universities, become engineers for the country’s leading companies, and serve as leaders in a wide variety of industries.
For families making $80,000 or less:
The scholarship covers full cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board (housing and meals), fees, books, and other associated costs.
For families making $80,000-$150,000:
Family contribution is capped at 10 percent of total family income. For example, a Cummings Scholar whose household income was $100,000 would be asked to pay about $10,000 toward their education each year, and the scholarship would meet the remaining cost.
To be considered for the scholarship, students must:
- Be on track to graduate from a Baltimore City public school or public charter school
- Be a domestic applicant, which includes U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, eligible non-citizens, or students with DACA or undocumented status
- Have been a Baltimore City resident and attended a Baltimore City public school or public charter school for at least 10th, 11th, and 12th grades
- Be a full-time, first-year, and first-time degree-seeking student
- Submit all required financial aid documents by the deadline (Note: If you would like to request a waiver for the CSS PROFILE, please contact Student Financial Support.)
- Meet the family income eligibility requirements
A separate application for this program is not required. Students who meet the eligibility requirements and are admitted to Hopkins will automatically become a Cummings Scholar.
Admitted Baltimore City students with family income greater than $150,000 are not eligible for the Cummings Baltimore Scholars Program; however, they will be considered for financial support through our general financial aid process, which awarded over $150 million to undergraduates last year.
We want to make sure that financial considerations do not factor into the decision for talented students to attend Hopkins. This program strengthens our investment in students from our hometown of Baltimore City.David Phillips, Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid
Is there a separate application process for Cummings Scholars?
Are private high school students eligible for this program?
What are the requirements for retaining the scholarship throughout my time as an undergraduate?
I graduated from a Baltimore City public school a couple of years ago, and have attended another college. If I transfer to Johns Hopkins, am I eligible for the Cummings Baltimore Scholars Program?
What happens if my family moves out of Baltimore City while I am a Cummings Scholar?
What happens if my family income changes after I’ve been admitted as part of the Cummings Baltimore Scholars Program?
What happens if I win an additional scholarship from an outside source? Would it be added to my Cummings Scholars award?
I have a parent who works at the university. Would I receive the full Cummings Baltimore Scholars Program grant in addition to the tuition grant benefit my parent receives?
How do I know if I’ve been chosen as a Cummings Scholar?
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
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