Academic Honors, Scholarships and Resources

John B. Schwartz Scholarship

In 2002, the department created an award for undergraduate Information Systems or Business Technology Administration majors who displayed outstanding scholarship and service to the university. The award was named after John B. Schwartz. John was the first Undergraduate Program Director in the IS Department and was with the department from 1982 until he retired in 2003. Every day John exhibited intelligence, good humor and a genuine sense of caring for the education of our students.

Applicants are asked to include an essay detailing what academics and university service mean to them. In addition, all applicants must provide the common application form, a resume, and an unofficial transcript in order to be considered for the scholarship.

A stipend is awarded to a senior student the semester prior to their graduation who best exhibits the characteristics Mr. Schwartz promoted.

Vijay Jose Scholarship Award

The purpose of the Vijay Jose Scholarship award is to provide scholarship support to a deserving UMBC undergraduate with junior or senior class status. The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be majoring in Information Systems or Business Technology Administration.

Vijay was an IS student who enjoyed many campus activities while at UMBC. Therefore, preference will be given to a student who demonstrates an interest in and is active in UMBC student life. The amount of the award is $200 for the academic year.

Applicants are asked to submit an essay detailing what involvement in UMBC student life means to them. Applicants must also submit a resume and unofficial transcript with the essay and common application form.

Legg Mason Book Scholarship

The Department of Information Systems offers book scholarships for undergraduate Information Systems and Business Technology Administration majors. Multiple scholarships in the amount of $1000 each are available for incoming IS or BTA majors. These scholarships are made possible through funding from Legg Mason, the global asset management firm headquartered in Baltimore, MD.

Applicants are asked to submit an essay detailing why they chose IS or BTA for their major. Applicants must submit the essay, along with their resume, an unofficial transcript and the common application form.


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