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.

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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.

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines

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

Maryland Promise Scholarship Program honors sit and stand together behind a large conference table for a group photo, all dressed to impress in their professional best
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

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

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Courtney Clark Pastrick

Daughter of A. James Clark and Board Chair, A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

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