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We recognize high achieving college bound high school seniors in the Southern Maryland Tri-County (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County) area who plan to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM)-based degrees with merit-based scholarships. Since the start of our scholarship program in 2005, we have awarded a total of $449,500 in scholarships, to 107 deserving students.



The John Glenn Squadron, along with many other scholarship providers in St. Mary’s County, MD, use the St. Mary’s County Business, Education, Community and Alliance, Inc. (SMCBECA) Common Scholarship Application. The application can be found on the SMCBECA website.

Every year, usually in late January, SMCBECA conducts a Scholarship Fair. The Scholarship Fair is an outstanding event for aspiring scholarship recipients. Information regarding the scholarship application, and individual scholarships is available.  It is highly recommended that students who are interested in local scholarships, attend this event.


Should you have any questions regarding our scholarship program, please contact our scholarship chairman at: 

  • Who is qualified to apply for this scholarship?
    Seniors in southern Maryland’s Tri-County area (Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s County) who are interested in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused major in college.
  • How do I apply for the scholarship?
    Use the St. Mary’s County Business, Education and Community Alliance, Inc. (SMCBECA), Common Scholarship Application found here: Learn More
  • How can I be more competitive for this scholarship program?
    This is a merit-based scholarship program. Ensure your application is thoroughly completed. The essay is a critical part of our evaluation process. Accordingly, ensure your essay is well written and addresses the essay topic – “500 words or less on “How my educational and career goals could support the Marine Corps/Navy Aviation and the Department of Defense.” The St. Mary’s County Scholarship Fair also holds a seminar on how to complete the scholarship application. The information provided during this seminar is very helpful to all applicants.
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