UMBC’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program is designed for students from all majors who are interested in solving important societal problems. The program fosters a vibrant interdisciplinary community to help tackle the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Grand Challenges, and gives students experiences and skills to create solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.
What are the Grand Challenges?
Each scholar will complete three one-credit seminars to help them create a personalized program to explore a selected Grand Challenge. This personalized program provides experiences in five program areas include research, interdisciplinarity, entrepreneurship, global dimensions, and service. Upon graduation, scholars will receive a formal designation for their accomplishments in the program.
“The Grand Challenges are a call to action and serve as a focal point for society’s attention to opportunities and challenges affecting our quality of life.”–NAE
UMBC Grand Challenge Scholars
To apply, students should submit an unofficial transcript, short essay answers, two names of references, and optionally a short letter of support at https://gcsp.umbc.edu/application/. The deadline is April 15 but we will also consider applications received after the deadline on a rolling basis.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a new cohort starting at the beginning of each Fall semester. Click here for more information about the selection process.