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Public Interest Grants

UBSPI/MLSC (Maryland Legal Services Corporation) grants are awarded every year for full-time summer employment. Students are invited to submit applications in early spring; the $4,000 grants are awarded based solely on the short essays students are required to write as part of their application. Neither financial need nor academic credentials are considered in making the awards.

Summer 2014 grants were awarded to students volunteering with:

  • Maryland State Ethics Commission
  • Sexual Assault / Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC)
  • Legal Services Division, Baltimore City Department of Social Services
  • Public Defender's Office in Baltimore City, Misdemeanor Jury Trial Division
  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Public Justice Center
  • Legal Assistance Division, Army, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
  • DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • House of Ruth
  • Civil Justice Inc.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Program Integrity
  • Bar Association of Baltimore -- Senior Legal Services
  • Epilepsy Foundation of America
  • Maryland Office of the Public Defender
  • Hopeworks of Howard County
  • Harford County Bar Foundation
  • Domestic Violence Unit, Harford County State's Attorney Office
  • Catholic Charities -- Esperanza Center
  • Project HEAL at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Previous grants have allowed students to work at places such as Legal Aid, House of Ruth, Advancement Project, HERO, and the Public Justice Center. Read about student summer 2011 experiences on the UBSPI blog.

Samuel "Sandy" Rosenberg Scholarship

The Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg Scholarship, an award of $1,500.00, is available to assist a recent or upcoming University of Baltimore law graduate who has shown a strong commitment to pursuing a career in public service.

Graduate and Professional Scholarship Program

Maryland residents with demonstrated financial need are eligible for an award between $1,000 and $5,000 per year.  Program details.

William Donald Schaefer Scholarship

Recipients must be employed in Maryland public service to assist in providing legal services to low-income residents in the State. Eligible employment is defined as employment in government at any level, public interest organizations, public schools, and nonprofit organizations under 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons, or disabled individuals, or to protect the environment.

How to apply:  Complete the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant application online at (application instructions are below) and submit official transcripts from all institutions you have ever attended. File the WSSAG application by July 1.