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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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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

Albert P. Carey ’74
Passing the Baton
Albert P. Carey ’74 retired from the helm of PepsiCo North America last year, after nearly 40 years at the food and beverage giant. Carey has committed $1 million to fund scholarships for undergraduate students at Smith.
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Honoring Her Parents, Preparing Public Health Champions
Deborah (Deb) A. Rudy's parents were able to support her college dreams, but she understands that not all students are so lucky. That's why she established the Arthur and Frances Rudy Maryland Promise Scholarship, named for her parents, with a $100,000 gift.
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Incentive to Succeed
Arnold I. ’69 and Alison L. Richman ’69 gift will establish the need-based Richman Baltimore Maryland Promise Scholarship, with preference given to Incentive Award Program students. This portion, the largest Maryland Promise gift to date, will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the Clark Challenge.
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