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I just got the OOS $12k/yr Presidential Scholarship and am really hoping to get enough money together to go to UMD. My financial situation is complicated, so I am barely going to get ANY financial aid, but I am not going to be able to pay for UMD without a miracle, so I desperately need another good scholarship. I'm hoping that maybe I can get a departmental scholarship to supplement.
I'm going to be majoring in Physics. I have done research in the Department of Astronomy at my state's flagship university (in which I received program awards for Best Research Paper and Poster) and in the Department of Physics at a regional university. I did a poster presentation for my research at my state's JSEHS. I am the president of my high school's Physics Club. I dual enrolled at the local community college and took Calculus I as a freshman and Calculus II, III, and Differential Equations (which is equivalent to Calc IV) as a sophomore and received A's in all of them. I earned a 5 on the AP Physics C exam in my junior year (I skipped Physics B). I was on the Calculus team for Mu Alpha Theta in my sophomore year and served as historian my junior year. I am valedictorian of my high school with the highest GPA in the history of my school. I am planning on pursuing my PhD in theoretical astrophysics. I don't know if there is still much of an emphasis on this, but I am also a girl, which makes me something of a rarity in physics.
Do I have much of a shot at a departmental scholarship? Also, how large are the departmental scholarships?
Thank you so much for your insight! Congratulations to everyone who has been accepted and all scholarship recipients! Go Terps! :)