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Here are answers to the questions most frequently asked by prospective scholars and their families. If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please email us at incentiveawards@umd.edu.

Yes, you must apply and be accepted to the University of Maryland to be considered for the Incentive Awards Program.

Only students from Baltimore City or Prince George's County public high schools who have been admitted to the University of Maryland will be invited to apply for the Incentive Award.

No, the award is only applicable to the University of Maryland in College Park. ​

Unlike traditional merit-based scholarships, the Incentive Awards Program has not established minimum grades or scores to determine student eligibility. The program seeks students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic success—in other words, students who consistently exhibit a love of learning, diligence and a desire to perform to the best of their ability. Nevertheless, every student must be admissible to the University of Maryland.

The Incentive Award covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board for four years, or eight consecutive fall and spring semesters, not to exceed financial need. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books, supplies and personal items.

All students must be eligible to receive the Pell Grant, according to the federal government, which is determined upon completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Incentive Award scholars are not merely scholarship winners; they are also influential members of their communities. As part of the program, they are required to maintain close ties with their home and school communities, returning each year in the fall semester to speak with younger students about the importance of proper preparation for a higher education. This leadership is crucial to raising the aspirations of many, many young people in Maryland communities to include college in their future plans.