Do I have to apply for admission to the University of Maryland?

Yes, you must apply to the University of Maryland to be considered for the Incentive Awards Program. You must submit a complete application by Nov. 1 to be considered for the program.

I do not attend a participating school. Can I compete for an Incentive Award?

Unfortunately, you cannot. Only those students who are enrolled as seniors at participating high schools in Baltimore City or Prince George’s County, or who have attended a participating KIPP school can be nominated and, subsequently, apply for the Incentive Award.

Can I submit an IAP application without being nominated?

No, you must be nominated by your guidance counselor for your application to be considered. Your counselor will require you to provide some preliminary information to determine your eligibility as a candidate. Only after you have been notified of your status as a nominee should you complete the Incentive Award Program Student Application.

Can I apply the Incentive Award to a school other than University of Maryland?

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

What grade point average and SAT is required?

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.

What costs does the Incentive Award cover?

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.

What does it mean to be financially eligible for the Incentive Award?

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). Prior to completing the FAFSA, all candidates must complete an Expected Family Contribution Calculator Worksheet that will provide an estimate of their financial need.

Do you intend to expand the program to other schools?

At this time, there are no plans to expand to other schools. As the program continues to experience success, expansion to include more schools is a possibility.

Why is the Incentive Award such a special honor?

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.

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