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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 the Inaugural Cohort

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).
Scholars in the inaugural Class of 2023 cohort
Transformative investment will propel UMD to the forefront of education and research worldwide
Colleges and Schools represented by The Maryland Promise scholars in the inaugural cohort

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

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$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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Global Giving, Campus Focus
As COVID-19 cases surge again, UMD hopes to build up the Student Crisis Fund, featuring it among 24 university fundraising projects that donors can support during Giving Tuesday today. Held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the global movement began in 2012 as a way to encourage people worldwide to collaborate, donate and do good. The Giving Tuesday organization reported $511 million raised online in the U.S. during last year’s event, with UMD raising more than $49,000 from 363 gifts.
View Article Global Giving, Campus Focus