Award Criteria

The Incentive Award is granted on the basis of outstanding character, academic commitment, financial need and the ability to prevail against difficult circumstances, among other qualities. The program seeks students with a sense of their potential and belief in their ability to succeed and achieve goals.

  1. Candidates must be graduating seniors from a participating high school in Baltimore City or Prince George’s County. They must be nominated by their high school and should have been in attendance at that school from the beginning of their freshman year, though extenuating circumstances may be considered.
  2. Candidates must be eligible for admission to the University of Maryland. Interested candidates should submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by Nov. 1 for best consideration. The Incentive Award cannot be granted unless a candidate has been admitted to the university.

    Minimum course requirements must be completed by the end of the senior year include:
    4 years of English3 years of mathematics, including algebra I or applied math I & II, formal logic or geometry, and algebra II3 years of history or social studies3 years of science in at least two areas, with at least two lab experiences2 years of foreign language
  3. Candidates must have taken the SAT I or ACT college entrance exams by October of the senior year.
  4. Candidates must be eligible for the Pell Grant as determined by their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates who cannot demonstrate significant financial need will not be considered.
  5. Additionally, the following qualities will be weighed in determining finalists:

    Personal qualitiesInterest in their home communityCommitment to academic successLeadershipEffective management of personal obligationsAppreciation for the values of the programTalents and skills

Students must apply to the University of Maryland by Nov. 1. Students should take the SAT I or ACT exam and send results to the University of Maryland (school code: 5814).

University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program

1103 Cole Student Activities Building  /  College Park, MD 20742