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A group of African-American alumni started the Second Generation Scholarship in 1986 as a means to give back to the campus and become more involved in UMBC. The scholarship provides funding to continuing students whose money for college often decreases the longer they stay in college and graduate. The first scholarship of $500 was awarded in 1987 and each year thereafter, the scholarship was awarded to two students in the amount of $1,000 or $500 per semester. With the scholarship, students are able to remain at UMBC and eventually graduate. Among the requirements, scholarship candidates must be currently enrolled or have taken a course in Africana studies and demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives of minorities through community service, extracurricular activities or other community involvement.
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