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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


6-year graduation rate for IAP students is just 1 point lower than other students at UMD


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

News & Features

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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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Ebony Jamison-Beckles

Alumni Spotlight

IAP alum Ebony Jamison-Beckles (Cohort 1) is a medication support team nurse & has been dedicated in making sure HIV patients in Baltimore receive their medication during the pandemic.

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IAP '13 Graduate Spotlight

IAP alum Kori Hill '13 is currently pursuing an MBA at Cornell University and was recently featured in a Poets & Quants article. What does she have planned for the future?

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Miguel Turcios

Miguel Turcios '20 Represents IAP As A Senior Marshal

Miguel Turcios (major: psychology) is a first-generation college student whose parents originate from El Salvador. He was a member of the Incentive Awards Program, where he grew as an individual, connected deeply with others and gave back to his community. He is passionate about medicine, psychology, research and personal growth.

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