Scholarship Program

It is no secret that the rising cost of higher education deters students from pursuing their dreams of attending college. Since 2007, SECU has offered scholarships to Maryland state employees and their families seeking higher education to offset the financial burden of earning a degree. In an effort to make a greater impact, starting in 2020, our scholarship program is now open to all SECU members regardless of where they attend school or their membership affiliation. Since the program’s inception in 2007, over $700,000 has been awarded.

2020 Scholarship Winners

We are excited to announce that the recipients for the 2020 Scholarship Program have been selected. This year’s applicant pool was by far the most competitive we’ve seen and we are pleased to award 26 students with scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year.

Watch the video below to hear from a few of our 2020 SECU MD Foundation Scholarship recipients! A full list of award winners is also listed below with their respective universities.


Congratulations to all our 2020 winners!

Scholarship Recipient College/University
Leah Bass Coppin State University
McCall Brown Morgan State University
Suzie Byun Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sarah Byun University of Maryland, Baltimore
Megan Chang University of Maryland, College Park
Alyssa Cole Louisiana State University
Deidre Felix University of Pittsburgh
Mohammed Gbadamosi University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Noah Hayden Virginia Tech
Daniel He New York University
Ananya Iyer Carnegie Mellon University
Rabia Kashmiri University of Maryland, College Park
Gavin Kihn Towson University
Robert Lamb Jr. University of Maryland Global Campus
Kaely Long Hagerstown Community College
Josie Minnick Frederick Community College
Natalya Moody George Mason University
Brooke Nixon Christopher Newport University
Lenisha Paige Penn State College of Medicine
Daria Paschall Howard University
Thalia Rife St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Monaye Rikard Morgan State University
Lauren Ritter University of South Carolina
Ashleigh Steinberg University of Delaware
Amarachi Ugboh University of Maryland, College Park
Kamel Worgs Morehouse College

Lenisha Paige

“I would like to thank everyone who made this scholarship possible. My pursuit of higher education has not always been easy but I am dedicated and determined to reach my goals. This scholarship will relieve a huge burden and help me get one step closer to my dream. From the bottom of my heart, sincerely, thank you!”
– 2020 Scholarship Recipient

2021 Scholarship Program

The 2021 Scholarship Program will be launched by February 2021. Scholarship applicants will be asked to submit a 500 – 1,000 word essay on a given prompt. Recipient must be a SECU member and attending a 2 or 4-year college, university, trade, or technical school for the Fall 2021 semester. Please reach out to the SECU Community Engagement Team with any questions you may have regarding the Scholarship Program.