Thank you for your interest in the 21st District Delegate scholarships.

Recent years have brought several changes to our scholarship process. The traditional interview has been replaced by an essay.

To apply for a Delegate scholarship, you must complete the entire application process and send it to the address below postmarked by April 2, 2021. The following is required:

  • Complete your FAFSA by Maryland’s deadline, March 1. You can do this online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/, or by mail. 
  • Choose one prompt and write an essay not to exceed two pages double spaced on the topic:
  • In March 2020 a global public health pandemic revolutionized the American experience. 
    • Option one: How has the year-long State of Emergency changed your life as an individual and as a student member of your school community?
    • Option two: The public health emergency quickly closed schools. Instructional delivery moved from in-person, to fully virtual, later to hybrid (part in-person, part virtual) and, for some, a return to in-person instruction. Describe your experience with these different learning styles.
  • Return the completed application, essay, and a copy of your fall 2020 transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to: 
Ben.Barnes@house.state.md.us
Mary.Lehman@house.state.md.us
Joseline.Pena.Melnyk@house.state.md.us

Each of these officials makes independent decisions on awards to applicants. You are welcome to use one
electronic message addressed to the three Delegates to submit your executed application and attachments.


SCORING OF YOUR APPLICATION

Each applicant will be scored on the following criteria:
  • Need, as indicated on your FAFSA (0-15 points) 
  • Grades, as reported on your transcript (0-15 points) 
  • Your essay, which will be scored based on the rubric included at the end of this page (0-9 points) 
  • Extracurricular activities, volunteerism, and employment history (0-10 points) 
  • Other (0-1 point). 
A total of 50 points are possible. Applicants will be ranked. Each Delegate has the option to award all or only the top applicants, and to decide the amount of their awards.


Essay Scoring

The essay will be scored on three traits, with a score from 0 to 3 for each trait. The scoring rubric follows:

Trait

3 points

2 points

1 point

0 points

FOCUS & DETAIL

Essay has a single clear, focused topic, supported by details.

Essay has a single clear, focused topic not well supported by details.

Essay has a single topic with clear ideas, no details.

Essay ‘s topic and main ideas are not clear.

ORGANIZATION

Essay contains a strong introduction that states the main topic and provides overview of essay.  Information is relevant and presented in a logical order, with a strong conclusion.

Introduction states main topic and provided overview of essay.  A conclusion is included.

Introduction states topic but does not include an overview.  Conclusion is included.

The essay has no clear introduction, structure, or conclusion.

RESPONSIVENESS

Essay is fully responsive to the topic stated by the Delegates.  All points contribute to the response.

Essay is mostly responsive to the topic, with minimal information extraneous to the topic.

Essay is somewhat responsive but with significant deviation from the topic.

Essay is unresponsive to the topic.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: 

  • An incomplete application will not be scored and no award will be made. We receive more than 150 applications each year and will be unable to contact students who have submitted incomplete applications. It is your responsibility to file a complete and accurate application per the instructions above. 

  • In fairness to students who have made timely application, late applications will not be considered. 

  • Please do not call asking for the status of your application. If you receive an award, it will be posted to your MDCAPS account. Please check that web site (https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us/MDCAPS/login.aspx). 

  • Our goal is to make awards by August 30.