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.


One-year retention rate for Incentive Awards freshmen is same as UMD rate


6-year graduation rate for IAP students exceeds UMD overall by 3 percentage points


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

Jahi Jones '19 Earns Distinguished Student-Athlete Award

Jahi Jones ’19, a four-year wrestling letterman, was selected as the University of Maryland’s recipient for the 2019 Big Ten Medal of Honor award, the conference's most prestigious accolade.

"I'm extremely honored to be the male recipient of the B1G Ten Medal of Honor," Jones told Terrapin Athletics. "The B1G Medal of Honor shows that resilience, hard work, and determination pays off. Maryland has allowed me to grow professionally, personally and athletically and as a result I will forever be grateful for this institution and our conference."

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Jahi Jones Awarded Big Ten Medal of Honor

Meet Carolyn and Katie

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Carolyn Crews ‘09

"I found my passion in investing in real estate and revitalizing my surrounding community. I am the owner of my own real estate business and proudly perform work to improve Baltimore City with my certification as a woman and minority owned contractor. Returning to my hometown armed with the tools and education to work with the City’s Vacants to Value housing initiative made me realize the impact of this program doesn’t just end with me. This is why I continue to make it my personal mission to remain involved in the program that has completely changed the trajectory of my life and so many others."

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Katherine Medina ‘19

"My parents had come to the United States chasing the American Dream, as do most immigrants. The longer my parents were here and the harder we all worked, however, the more I saw the “American Dream” as a myth. The amount of work you put in will not always reflect in results. Hard work alone can only get you so far. You also need an opportunity that can result in fruits equivalent to your labor. And that is what IAP represented--an opportunity."