Over the years, Maryland’s independent colleges and universities have received grants through various programs administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland State Department of Education, University System of Maryland, Department of Business and Economic Development, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Recently, MICUA members have been successful in obtaining the following grants from MHEC:
- Notre Dame of Maryland University and Washington Adventist University each received a $60,000 “One Step Away” grant. The purpose of the grant is to identify, contact, and re-enroll students who left the institution prior to completing a degree, after having earned at least 90 credits in a 120-credit baccalaureate program. Each institution will provide scholarships and support services to the returning students to help them complete their degree. If the students are Pell-eligible, additional federal money is available for financial aid.
- In the most recent competition for the Maryland College Access Challenge Grant Program, three MICUA schools received awards. Capitol College received $39,583 to support its Gateway to Success Program; Loyola University Maryland received $63,557 for its Strong Truths Well Lived Scholars Program; and Notre Dame of Maryland University received $53,037 to support its Trailblazer Scholars Program.
- Several MICUA institutions have received Nurse Support II awards: Johns Hopkins University—$881,950 over two years; Sojourner-Douglass College—$237,351 over two years; and Stevenson University—$276,942 over two years.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission will announce the following grant opportunities in the near future:
- MHEC announced the “Credit When It’s Due” program in October 2013. The purpose of this competitive grant is to support reverse transfers, i.e., the awarding of associate degrees retroactively after a student has transferred to a four-year institution and earned additional credits. MHEC plans to award approximately 15 grants with a cap of $25,000. Public and independent institutions of higher education are eligible to compete for the grants.
- The next cycle for the Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Grant Program is expected to be announced soon. Annually, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene designates certain healthcare professions as workforce shortage fields. MHEC awards grants to institutions of higher education that produce graduates eligible to take the appropriate national examination for licensure, certification, or registration in the relevant health occupation shortage area. Awards are based on the number of prior-year graduates in a particular field of study.