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Our Promise

The Maryland Promise Scholarship Program provides supportive educational and financial opportunities to undergraduate students from the state of Maryland and Washington, D.C. exhibiting strong academic and leadership potential.

Meet Our Scholars

Portrait of Darryll J. Pines, president of the University of Maryland

"The Maryland Promise Scholarship Program is an investment in our region's talented, hardworking students. Scholars in the program will receive support to develop academically, professionally and personally—and to ultimately become the next generation of leaders."

Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland

The next generation of leaders

The Maryland Promise Scholarship Program emphasizes four important components
to help cultivate the next generation of leaders and community change agents:

Academic Excellence  /  Professional Development
Leadership Development  /  Community Engagement


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Maryland Promise Class of 2023 scholars group portrait
The inaugural class of the Maryland Promise Scholarship Program with the Clark Foundation
Front row left to right: Winter Hawk, Rachel (Tessa) Choi, Amoni Hawkins, Amanda Hernández, Daryl Perry, Anna Phung, Vivian Le and Julian Guerra
Back row left to right: Dean Bill Cohen, Danielle Hamberger (Clark Foundation), Michelle Udeli, Joe Del Guercio (Clark Foundation), Courtney Clark Pastrick (Clark Foundation), Natalie Grandison (Clark Foundation), Andrew Knutson (Clark Foundation), Diana Lanahan (Clark Foundation) and Sarah Elbert (Clark Foundation).
Total Maryland Promise Scholarship Program Scholars
Transformative investment will propel UMD to the forefront of education and research worldwide
Colleges and Schools represented

Portrait of A. James Clark

“My father always said that education changes lives, and his education changed his life.” 

Courtney Clark Pastrick, daughter of A. James Clark and Board Chair, A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

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Donor Impact Stories

Collage of IAP scholars

Incentive Awards Program Celebrates Milestone in Helping Underserved Students Thrive

Launched in 2000, IAP provides a full scholarship and additional support to exceptional students who demonstrate academic ability, uncommon persistence and maturity in overcoming challenges. Originally designed for students from Baltimore City, the program has grown to include Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Following UMD's commencement next week, it will count a total of 188 graduates, many of whom have gone on to earn advanced degrees, launch successful careers in education, medicine, business and more, and serve their communities.
View Article Incentive Awards Program Celebrates Milestone in Helping Underserved Students Thrive
Student holding paper that reads: "#PublicHealthTerps: I will make a difference by building trust with the community!!"

$1.5M Gift to Expand Students’ Public Health Experiences

A new $1.5 million gift to the University of Maryland School of Public Health (SPH) will support efforts to prepare a new generation of public health leaders to confront challenges ranging from disease pandemics to systemic racism, the climate crisis and more.  
View Article $1.5M Gift to Expand Students’ Public Health Experiences
Student celebrates graduation on McKeldin Mall

$6.8M Gift to Extend Opportunities to Underserved Montgomery County Students

A nearly $7 million gift from a Boston couple will significantly increase the size and long-term impact of a University of Maryland program that supports promising students from selected areas of the state. Starting in Fall 2021, five freshmen from Montgomery County each year will be awarded four-year scholarships, receive mentoring and join a tight-knit peer community in the Incentive Awards Program (IAP)—which until now comprised students in Prince George’s County and Baltimore—through the funding from Phillip and Elizabeth Gross and a matching grant from UMD and the Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise Program (MPP).
View Article $6.8M Gift to Extend Opportunities to Underserved Montgomery County Students
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