The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) Center for Scholarships strives to collaborate with our academic partners to address financial and other barriers to higher education and degree completion. Our center focuses on increasing student awareness of scholarship opportunities, mentoring students through the scholarship process, addressing food insecurity, and providing financial wellness programming. We are dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible, and inclusive services that promote the recruitment, retention, and career-readiness of students. 


To support the Universities at Shady Grove’s vision of achieving debt-free graduation for all undergraduate students who attend programs offered at USG through the creation of efficient and streamlined financial resource processes that are accessible to all students. To offer the resources and skills students need to become and stay financially well both during their educational journey and as they embark upon their careers. 

Signature Program Areas


In addition to the financial aid students receive from their home campuses, undergraduate and graduate students may also apply for a variety of USG scholarships that are offered exclusively to students who enroll in programs at USG. Our flexible and accessible scholarships are offered during both the fall and spring semesters. Timeline: The Fall Application opens in March with a priority deadline of June 30th and final deadline of July 31st. The Spring Application opens in September with a priority deadline of November 30th and a final deadline of December 31st.

Financial Wellness

The office will provide education and financial resources to assist in topics related to managing personal finances. These topics include but are not limited to paying for college, budgeting, saving, managing student loans, and understanding personal credit.

Emergency Financial Assistance

The USG Emergency Financial Assistance program helps provide funding to students at USG who encounter unforeseen financial hardship. Situations include but are not limited to a reduction in work hours, unexpected job loss, a health crisis, or other situations that may jeopardize degree completion. Students are required to meet with staff from the Center for Scholarships to obtain an application and further details. 

Food Access

The Center for Scholarships oversees on-site and promotes external resources to increase food access and resources to promote students’ personal wellness. USG has established partnerships with Manna Food Center and Capital Area Foodbank to provide food access programs including Manna Choice Market at the Grove, USG Mobile Market, and Grover’s Essentials. 

General Financial Resources Consultations

The office provides consultation to current and incoming students who have questions about navigating through the financial aid and scholarship processes and offer options on how they will finance their education.