Career Development and Scholarships


UMB recognizes and supports UMBrella’s scholarship initiatives as a reflection of its core values: Respect and Integrity; Well-Being and Sustainability; Equity and Justice; and Innovation and Discovery. UMBrella offers scholarship opportunities to help advance job growth and career and professional development for UMB women. Staff and faculty are encouraged to identify job/professional development opportunities that best support their goals. 

Scholarship Criteria

  • Scholarships may cover the cost of conferences, webinars, trainings, textbooks, General Educational Development/Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) programs, computer training and other resources that support opportunities for learning and development.
  • Scholarship requests can range from $100-$2,250 to cover all or a portion of the costs of registration for training and development programs, books and manuals, or general educational development.
  • Scholarship must be for dates between Jan. 15, 2024, and Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Scholarships do not cover any costs related to travel (hotel, transportation, parking, meals, etc.).

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Exempt or Non-Exempt UMB employee
  • You must have completed your employment probationary period.
  • You must be in good employment standing with no conflicts with the school/unit/department operations, as attested by applicant supervisors. You may base this on your most recent UMB Performance Evaluation and discussion with your immediate manager/supervisor.
  • If selected for a scholarship, your supervisor’s written approval to participate will be required.
  • UMBrella Scholarship recipients may not apply for another UMBrella Scholarship within a five-year period.

The UMBrella Group is proud to sponsor the 2024 UMBrella Scholarship Recipients:

Paris Barnes, Communications Specialist, School of Pharmacy Scholarship: Minority Cannabis Business Association Annual Membership

Danielle Ellington, Training Events and Meeting Coordinator, School of Medicine
Scholarship: Certified Meeting Professional Certification (course and exam)

Ashley Fehringer, Sr. Training and Coaching Specialist, School of Social Work
Scholarship: Student fees and books for graduate classes


Leslie Jamka, International Program Director, School of Medicine
Scholarship: Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women

Oprah Keyes, Director of Strategic Partnerships, School of Social Work
Scholarship: Change Management Certification Training

Dana Rampolla, Director, Integrated Marketing, External Relations
Scholarship: Speaking Skills Coaching Sessions

Reflections from Previous Scholarship Recipients