The Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars

Build together with a community of learners just like you–future leaders and problem-solvers who want to build a better world.

About Our Program

The Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program supports, inspires, and empowers talented undergraduate students as they address society’s most pressing problems. Through service-learning, internships, activism, leadership, and research, Sondheim Scholars work alongside communities and prepare for impactful careers in public service fields such as government, policy, law, non-profit leadership, education, healthcare, and environmental sustainability.

You’re invited to join the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program, where you will:

  • Study current public issues and develop potential solutions
  • Gain real world experience through service-learning and internships
  • Prepare for a career in government, public policy, law, healthcare, environmental sustainability, non-profit leadership, or another area of public service
  • Receive a four-year scholarship
  • Benefit from individualized advising from program staff and mentorship from upper-class Sondheim Scholars
  • Join an active, engaged community of students interested in public issues

How We Support Our Scholars

The Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program provides generous four-year awards often covering the greater part of the cost of attendance at UMBC. Scholars will be offered scholarships up to:


Per academic year for in-state students


Per academic year for out-of-state students

Are You Eligible For the Program?

The Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program is open to students of all majors with a strong interest in public issues and policy. Students must apply as incoming first-year students.

Request More Information

Share your contact information and Jessica Cook, Associate Director of the Sondheim Scholars Program, will be in touch soon.

FY21 PAO - Sondheim

"Being a part of the Sondheim community has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my college career. I am constantly surrounded by people with different career, academic, and service interests and we all get to build off of each other's experiences. Being a member of a group that was based on the spirit of service has inspired me to tailor my future passions to help others and give back to the community that has helped me."

Jacquilyn Johnson ‘18, political science

Important Dates and Deadlines

If you're considering applying to our program, be sure to add these important dates and deadlines to your calendar:

November 1, 2020

Undergraduate Admissions First-Year Early Action
Application Deadline

We strongly recommend submitting your application to UMBC by the Early Action deadline.

November 1, 2020
January 15, 2021

Sondheim Scholars Application Deadline

Remember, you'll need to apply for our Scholars Program independently from your application to UMBC.

January 15, 2021

Ready to learn more?

If you're interested in our program, let us know and Jessica Cook, Associate Director of the Sondheim Scholars Program, will be in touch to get you more details and learn more about what drives you.

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