IAP has changed—enriched, expanded and improved—the lives of our graduates. They’ve traveled the world, pursued graduate degrees and achieved career and personal successes. Their stories show what can be possible.

  • Rafael Lovo ’13

    Accounting / International Business

    Experienced Tax Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers


    Being in the Incentive Awards Program forced me out of my shell. The program provided me with a home base and helped me get my bearings. I found the small community to be just what I needed to feel comfortable and find my niche. After a tough first semester as an engineering major, Jackie and her staff helped me to find my passion in business, specifically accounting, where I began to thrive. I found internships and professional organizations that would enhance my future career while deepening my involvement in campus clubs and organizations. I am so grateful that IAP recognized my potential and nurtured my strengths. It built my confidence and prepared me to transition to the “real world.” I am not a finished product and I can’t say that I’ve accomplished everything yet, but my future is bright, and it would not have been possible without the Incentive Awards Program.


  • Kareem Shakoor ’10


    M.S. ’12, Education, Hunter College


    Special Education Manager, Democracy Prep Public Schools, New York City


    IAP allowed me to be an agent of change in my family and community. I have eight brothers and sisters—I’m number six. Not only was I a first-generation college student, but I was also the first of my siblings to attend college. Luckily, I wasn’t the last. Each of my younger siblings and each of my younger cousins are all either college graduates or currently enrolled in college. IAP opened the door for me and put me in a position to keep it open for those who came after me.

  • De’angela Boone ’10

    Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


    IAP introduced me to INROADS, an organization committed to developing and placing talented underserved youth in business and industry. It was through an INROADS internship that I started a career in the federal government. Today, I travel on behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to foreign and domestic ports of entry to manage trainings for customs and border guards. I have mingled with CBP commissioners, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and executive directors from various federal agencies — and I’ve done so with confidence. Not only did IAP provide me with tools to be a successful scholar at Maryland, but the staff encouraged me to work hard, exposed me to the arts and culture, and allowed me to develop public speaking skills. Without IAP, I don’t think that I would be as successful as I am today.

  • Darian Scott-Carter ’08

    Criminology and Criminal Justice

    M.S. ’10, Homeland Security,
    Towson University


    Ed.D. ’17, Educational Leadership, Edgewood College


    Assistant Professor, Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute, Anne Arundel Community College


    The first time I sat in a criminology class, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the field. Teaching courses on homeland security and criminal justice at AACC combines my passion for the subject with my desire to impart knowledge and shape the lives of others. The best part is that I get to know my students really well and help them achieve their personal and professional best. IAP helped me to understand the importance of mentoring and service. UMD was the platform on which I built my professional experience and discovered my passion for what I teach. I owe a lot to both the program and UMD for helping me get to where I am today.


  • Ja-Neé Jackson Spencer ’06

    Family Studies

    M.S.W. ’12, Morgan State University


    Transition Team Coordinator, New Pathways

    Psychotherapist, Maryland Health Alliance and Regenerations Counseling Service


    When I arrived at UMD, I reluctantly participated in IAP because my home life in Baltimore had a hold on me. Over time, however, college life became clearer and I began to see how IAP’s challenges were preparing me for the next step. My life has been a whirlwind since graduating. I am married and have two children, Jacara, 7, and Carlos Jr., 6. My husband and I are Patterson Park homeowners, and together we run a nonprofit organization, Golden Jackals Youth Football and Cheer Inc. At work, I help foster care children in an independent living program and provide in-home therapy to individuals and families. My success and achievements from UMD through today are not only mine, but those of IAP.


  • Janiceia Adams ’07

    Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Second grade teacher, East Harlem Scholars Academy, New York City


    IAP wasn’t just money. It provided a sense of community and responsibility, to go back and show how students growing up in Baltimore can be successful. It showed me that no matter what experiences you have in life, you can have goals. IAP was there to help me achieve my goals. I was able to discover who I was and my interests much quicker with the support system that IAP provided.


  • Tiana Wynn ’05, ’05

    Accounting, Finance

    MBA ’15, Sellinger School of Business, Loyola University Maryland


    Certified Public Accountant

    Senior Manager, S.B. & Company

    Treasurer, National Association of Black Accountants, Baltimore Chapter


    IAP encouraged me to be a leader. I was actively involved in on-campus organizations, and I was the first scholar in IAP to study abroad. I’ve traveled abroad each year since 2003. My experience and technical knowledge have guided my success during each phase of my life; however, IAP boosted my confidence and continues to pave the path to achieving my goals. While the full scholarship to the university was invaluable, the true value was emerging as a leader and developing my character within an intimate community of peers, advisors and faculty mentors. IAP afforded me the opportunity to give back and become financially active in continuing the mission of this great program: building pipelines between the state’s flagship university and two of its largest school districts.

  • Reginald Jones ’05

    Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Detective, Baltimore Police Department


    As a law enforcement officer in Maryland, I am constantly challenged to think outside of the box and overcome and adapt to any situation. I could never accomplish these tasks without first knowing myself. Through IAP activities, I was pushed out of my comfort zone and developed some core traits that helped me excel in life. IAP encouraged me and helped me to see my inherent abilities and to realize that I was much stronger and smarter than I believed I was.


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