Welcome to IAP!

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

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, Montgomery County 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


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A conference call you actually WON'T want to miss.

Incoming freshmen received the news that they've just been accepted as Incentive Awards Program scholars and their reactions are incredibly moving.


Thank you for celebrating with us!

Thank you for joining President and Mrs. Darryll J. Pines in saluting our newest Incentive Awards Scholars, celebrating the 2021 graduates and the 20th anniversary of the University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program, and welcoming back alumni.