Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship

$500–$1,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
4/1/2023Submission Deadline

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The State of Maryland expresses its commitment to educating diverse student bodies and promoting diversity in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs through its Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) established the scholarship to preserve the legacy of its namesake, a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army who was tragically murdered in 2017. The award amount will be at least $500 for a semester and $1,000 for a year. Award amounts may be higher, but will not exceed the awardee’s education expenses.

The scholarship is only open to minority students who are enrolled in ROTC programs at Maryland’s four HBCUs: Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, or University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Students must also be Maryland residents and U.S. citizens to qualify. Ideal candidates should be students who demonstrate financial need and possess academic and leadership qualities that are reminiscent of Richard W. Collins III.

Key Information of Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

  • Bowie State University
  • Coppin State University
  • Morgan State University
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship Timeline

November 2022

Application Opening Date

Applications open on November 1.

April 2023

Primary Submission Deadline

The submission deadline for primary consideration is on April 1.

July 2023

Final Submission deadline

The final deadline for submission is on July 15.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Maryland
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Asian American, Black, Hispanic, Native American

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Financial Information

How to ace the Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship


Apply early

If you want to increase your chances of winning the scholarship, you should definitely submit on or before the primary deadline. Start working on preparing your application as early as possible and stay on top of it.


Regularly look out for MHEC emails

Keep up to date on all scholarship developments and notifications by regularly checking for emails from the organization. It’s also advisable to update your email settings to allow emails from, so their messages don’t get sent to the spam folder.


Be honest

Lying on your application will result in instant disqualification and possibly criminal prosecution. Do not embellish or conceal any of your details. Also, make sure you state if you will be receiving any other scholarships.


Review your application

Thoroughly go through your application to ensure you’ve answered all questions correctly and gotten rid of all spelling/typing errors. You should also make sure you’ve adhered to guidelines concerning submission and document formatting.

How the Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship is Judged

Applicants are judged based on their demonstrated academic performance, good character, leadership qualities, and financial need. Applicants are then ranked and awarded according to the date of submission of their applications.

Why We Love the Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship


It’s renewable

Recipients may renew the scholarship for up to three years of study even if they change schools, as long as they maintain eligibility requirements and good behavior. Previous scholars applying for renewal are given priority over first-time applicants.


It can be combined with other scholarships

Qualified candidates remain eligible for this scholarship even if they are recipients of other scholarships or financial aid. The award amount for such recipients would only be reduced to ensure it doesn’t exceed their total educational expenses.


MHEC’s decision can be appealed

The organization’s final scholarship decision can be appealed. If you didn’t qualify for the scholarship and are in dire need of it for whatever reason, you can communicate that to MHEC via a letter or call.

5 Facts About Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship


It’s only open to full-time students

Applicants must be full-time students, i.e., taking at least 12 credits in their undergraduate programs.


Recipients must stay drug-free

Recipients of this scholarship must abstain from the illegal use of drugs or alcohol for the full term of the award, or risk losing the scholarship and enrollment.


Payment is made to the institution

The scholarship funds are disbursed to the recipients’ institutions approximately four weeks after the institutions certify that the recipients meet the eligibility requirements.


The total scholarship fund is $1 million

The $1 million fund was established to preserve a legacy.


Richard W. Collins was a Bowie State alum

The late lieutenant attended Bowie State University where he joined their ROTC program.

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