Many prospective and current UMBC students struggle to find the financial resources and community support they need to continue their studies. In an effort to support and inspire current and future UMBC students, these alumni have established two scholarships, the Second Generation Scholarship and the Esperanza Endowment Fund, to provide financial assistance to outstanding UMBC students committed to the advancement of minorities.

To make a contribution to these scholarships, please visit our UMBC Giving site at, click on the "Give Now" link, and be sure to type the name of the scholarship into the “other designation” field. For more information and criteria for giving, contact Kim Robinson in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 410-455-3700 or Stanyell Bruce in the Office of Alumni Relations at 410-455-2632.

Second Generation Scholarship

A group of African-American alumni started the Second Generation Scholarship in 1986 as a means to give back to the campus and become more involved in UMBC. The scholarship provides funding to continuing students whose money for college often decreases the longer they stay in college and graduate. The first scholarship of $500 was awarded in 1987 and each year thereafter, the scholarship was awarded to two students in the amount of $1,000 or $500 per semester.
With the scholarship, students are able to remain at UMBC and eventually graduate. Among the requirements, scholarship candidates must be currently enrolled or have taken a course in Africana studies and demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives of minorities through community service, extracurricular activities or other community involvement.

At left, the 2011-12 scholarship winners: Oseogie Okojie '14, Nia Hampton '13, founder James Wiggins Esq. '75, and Mahelet Gennene '13.

Click Here for the Second Generation Scholarship Application.
Scholarship Founders

Diane Bell-Mckoy ‘73
Donna Gaither ‘77
Michael Gambrill ‘75
Dorye Jackson ‘77
Harry Johnson Esq. ‘76
Pamela Griffin '77
Ronald Smith ’76, ‘95
Wendell Sutton ‘76
James Wiggins Esq. ‘75
The Honorable David Young ‘74
Lynnette Young ‘75

The Esperanza Scholarship

The Esperanza Endowment Fund was established in February 2007 by five Latino members of the CBLA steering committee to support and inspire current and future UMBC students of Latino or Hispanic ancestry and/or students who are committed to the advancement of minorities especially of Latino or Hispanic descent. 
To address the needs of this growing population, Latino alumni decided to continue the legacy of unity and support for UMBC undergraduate students initiated by those who created the now thriving organizations on campus by creating a permanent resource for future generations.  To assist us with raising additional funds, we encourage you to make a contribution by visiting the UMBC Giving site at, and writing "Esperanza Fund" in the “other designation” field. Donations in any amount help us award more money in scholarships to students.
Click here for the Esperanza Scholarship Application

Scholarship Founders and Committee Members

Jessica Contreras, LGSW  '98                     
Roxanna (Diaz) Goodwin, LGSW '01  
Shivonne Laird, Ph.D./M.P.H. '99
Joseph Morales, Esq. '00     
Alfredo Santiago '08
For more information about this scholarship, contact Berndatte Darby in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 410-455-3703 or