Sherman Teacher Scholars Program

Open for Incoming Fall 2024 Freshmen, Spring and Fall 2024 Transfer and Current UMBC Students, and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidates

UMBC’s Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program supports and prepares high-quality teachers to teach in urban, high-needs schools. Scholars in early childhood and elementary education prepare to be experts in teaching and integrating STEM subject areas, while secondary candidates become experts in teaching a STEM discipline.

Students who will either pursue an undergraduate certificate or a Master’s degree in teaching are highly encouraged to apply and receive:

  • Mentoring and Coaching from Sherman staff to provide support for teacher candidates, focusing on preparing to be teachers in urban, high-needs, and multi-cultural classrooms
  • Complete a teaching internship through the UMBC Department of Education
  • Gain experience working in educational settings and interacting with preK-12 students under the guidance of teacher-mentors and youth-advocates.
  • A Sherman STEM Scholar scholarship and more!


  • Transfer & Current UMBC Students (Spring 2024) – November 15, 2023
  • Freshmen (Fall 2024) – January 15, 2024
  • Transfer & Current UMBC Students (Fall 2024) – April 15, 2024

Click now to learn more about the Sherman STEM Scholars Program

Fall 2024 Freshmen: Please note if you are selected as a finalist, then you will be invited to attend a Scholar Selection Day on Saturday, February 24. During this program, you will participate in an interview and have a chance to meet other finalists. Please be sure to save this date in your calendar.

$3,000 - $12,000
Supplemental Questions
  1. The Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program mission is to support scholars to become culturally responsive and compassionate STEM educators by collaborating with UMBC faculty and local schools. What about the Sherman Scholars Program mission compels you to apply? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? How do your future plans align with our mission?
  2. If you plan to seek secondary certification (grades 7-12), tell us your STEM story. When did you fall in love with the subject? How would your love of the subject show up in your classroom? OR If you plan to seek certification in elementary (grades 1-6) or early childhood (grades PreK-3), how would STEM show up in your early childhood or elementary classroom?
  3. How does a commitment to working with students attending urban or high-poverty schools contribute to your desire to become an educator? What are the challenges and opportunities of serving in an urban or high-poverty school?
  4. For incoming freshmen or transfer undergraduate students only: Please indicate if you are interested in also applying to the Honors College.