Workforce Shortage Grants

The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) program is for students who plan on working in specific career/occupational programs upon graduation. The grant is available for current high school seniors, full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution.

Eligible Fields
  • Child Care
  • Human Services
  • Teaching
  • Nursing
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Public Service
How to Apply

Complete and file the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant application by July 1 and provide official transcripts from institutions attended. To be considered, based on need, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the application year. The FAFSA is not required; however, it will be used to determine the order in which students will be awarded.

Certain Majors may requires additional documentation, which will be noted on the application. Applicants for the William Donald Schaefer Scholarship are required to submit, in addition to the application and transcripts, a FAFSA, a 1,000 word essay on a topic determined by the Commission and Advisory Council, a resume and three (3) letters of reference.