The Mayor’s Scholars Program allows eligible new high school graduates who are residents of Baltimore City to attend Baltimore City Community College tuition-free through a last-dollar scholarship. This partnership between BCCC, Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh is an exciting opportunity that makes college and job training programs affordable and helps students move toward a rewarding career and financial security.

Through this scholarship program graduates from Baltimore City public high schools who are also residents of Baltimore City can attend BCCC tuition-free* to earn their associate’s degree or complete a Workforce Development Program.

*The MSP scholarship is a last dollar scholarship and all applicants must first complete a FAFSA to determine eligibility.

What You Need to Know

Baltimore City residents who are 2019 high school graduates can apply regardless of income, GPA and immigration status.

Qualification for the MSP is determined by submission and completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, if eligible to apply for State and federal student financial aid. Applicants to job training programs are exempt from the FAFSA requirement. Immigrants who are ineligible for FAFSA may still apply for MSP. 

As a last-dollar scholarship, the Mayor’s Scholars Program covers tuition and mandatory fees at BCCC after all other aid has been awarded. It does not cover textbooks, transportation, food, and other out-of-pocket expenses. Please note financial aid is not an entitlement but earned by attending classes regularly. 

The scholarship covers up to three years for an associate degree or one and a half times the expected completion time of any BCCC certificate or certified job training program.

Students must complete a six-week Summer Bridge program starting July 1, 2019. Students may be paid to attend the Summer Bridge Program through YouthWorks or they may be eligible for a CASA scholarship. 

There is no minimum GPA to enroll, but participants enrolling to earn an associates degree or certificate must maintain full-time status and at least a 2.0 GPA, while in the program. Those in the job training program must successfully complete all courses in the eligible programs.

Participants who complete an associate degree are eligible to earn a bachelor’s degree at Coppin State University tuition-free. Visit for application details.

Participants can enroll to earn an associate degree, certificate or job training program as a Mayor’s Scholar.

The following non-credit job training programs are eligible:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant • Multi-skilled Medical Technician • Certified Pharmacy Technician • Medical Billing and Coding • Construction Core • Telecommunications Cabling • Warehouse Logistics • Pre-Cyber Security • IT Networking/Cyber Security

Application Deadlines

The FAFSA application must be completed by MARCH 1, 2019. (Applicants for job training programs do not need to complete FAFSA.)

Applicants must also send a high school transcript to BCCC by  APRIL 20, 2019.

The BCCC application must be completed by APRIL 20,2019.