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We are committed to recognizing and promoting academic excellence among motivated students from underserved communities.

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Jackie Lee, IAP Director, with donor Phill Gross


Where Promise Meets Opportunity

"This issue of In Touch chronicles the program’s evolution, growth, and highlights just some of the alumni, students and donors who have made an indelible imprint on the program."

Read the Spring 2021 Newsletter
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$6.8M Gift to Increase Long-Term Impact

"This gift will catapult IAP toward its long-term goal of welcoming students from every county in Maryland. It isn’t just expanding the number of opportunities we’re extending to students, but it’s also expanding our reach."

Maryland Today article

The Incentive Awards Program

The Incentive Awards Program is designed for exceptional students who demonstrate academic ability, uncommon persistence and maturity despite very difficult circumstances. Through full scholarships and wraparound services, Baltimore City and Prince George's County high school students with significant financial need can attend and thrive at the University of Maryland.

More than a prestigious scholarship, at the heart of the Incentive Awards Program is the development of individual character and community responsibility within an intimate network of staff, peers, advisors and mentors.

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One-year retention rate for Incentive Awards freshmen is higher than the UMD rate


Number of IAP students who have earned a bachelor’s degree


Number of alumni who have completed or are pursuing graduate degree

Gifts that transform

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Kelly Smith '06

"The IAP program is truly life-changing. It isn't something that lasts four years and is over. We are a family, and we stay connected. It is embedded in us to give back—both to UMD and to our community. "

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James Bowman '13

"All we need is a chance. IAP was my chance. I'm not sure how things would have turned out for me if it weren't for IAP."

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Ajit Samra '19

"IAP showed me that being vulnerable and open is okay. When I was able to tap into that side of myself, I progressed further in my personal growth."

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Meet Cohort 20

This may well be the best 3-minutes of your day: incoming freshmen received the news that they've just been accepted as Incentive Awards Program scholars and their reactions are incredibly moving.

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