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Terp Young Scholars

Terp Young Scholars: July 8-27, 2018

Application Opens: February 21
Application Closes: July 1
Orientation (Check-in) Day: Sunday, July 8
Program Final Day: Friday, July 27

Overview | Program Staff | Returning Students

How Terp Young Scholars Works

Discover the challenge, excitement, and independence of campus life at the University of Maryland with Terp Young Scholars. With other academically talented high school students, you’ll pursue an academic interest, engage with dynamic faculty, enjoy UMD’s outstanding facilities and amenities, and get a jump on college by earning three university credits. During three remarkable weeks—whether commuting or living on campus—Terp Scholars fully experience university life at Maryland! See General Program Schedule (coming soon).

Terp Young Scholars delivers an academic experience that is at the forefront of theory, thought, and technology. Scholars attend class, learn about career opportunities, study, work on projects, prepare for exams, and interact with their equally talented peers in a rigorous academic setting. Classes generally meet for three hours a day between 9am-1pm, Monday – Friday. Acceptance is competitive, and based upon academic performance and recommendation.

Terp Young Scholars also offers afternoon, evening, and weekend activities that provide a glimpse of UMD’s rich campus life. Seminars include sessions with Undergraduate Admissions, Learning Assistance Services, and The Observatory. Workshops feature Zumba, Yoga, Drawing, Bodycombat, and Salsa. Social activities include a weekend day-trip to Washington, DC, pool parties, mixers, ice cream social (with UMD ice cream), movies, and more. For an overview, see Sample Activity Calendar (coming soon).

Terp Young Scholars is an academic program. Participants are admitted as non-degree seeking students to the University of Maryland for the Summer Term. The application process includes the following:

  1. Select a Course: Select one three-credit course for which both grade and credit post to the UMD transcript and remain part of the student record. The course may not be taken pass-fail or audit. To learn more, see Courses.
  2. Select Residential or Commuter: Both options are designed to provide an overview of the Maryland experience.

Benefit from this exceptional opportunity to grow both academically and personally. Apply today!

Program Staff

Matthew Nessan, Associate Director, Programs: Matthew has been working in higher education since 2011. His professional experiences include university teaching, post-secondary accreditation, program development, and program management and administration. He received his BA in English from Texas Christian University and his MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Southern California.

Lenaya Stewart, Program Coordinator: Lenaya is dedicated to supporting academic success. She loves helping students discover the many resources that University of Maryland has to offer. Her professional background includes teaching freshman composition courses at UMD and supporting academic growth in the University’s athletic department. She is no stranger to UMD’s Pre-College Programs and has been a student and teaching assistant with Terp Young Scholars. Lenaya earned her B.A. in English Literature at UMD and will complete her M.A. in the fall. She is excited for a great summer with Terp Scholars!

Chris Colclough, Program Assistant: Chris is currently pursuing a Master's degree in English Literature and has been working with Pre-College Programs for the past two summers. He enjoys planning with campus departments to offer learning opportunities for both Terp Discovery and Terp Young Scholars. He earned his B.A. in English at Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, NC. When not working on his degree, Chris enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking.  

Mentors: Selected UMD students serve as mentors, and work under the guidance of the professional staff. The mentors supervise students in the dormitories to ensure safe, appropriate behavior. Mentors also supervise activities, encourage students to explore the University and accompany those students to dinner who are uncomfortable going alone or cannot find a group to eat with, and provide participants with an insider’s view of what college life is like. The mentors live in the residence hall with the program participants and are responsible for responding to any situations that may arise, and for doing nightly curfew checks. Students will be responsible for attending classes on their own and for productively managing their time with minimal supervision during the day. This allows participants to explore the independence of college life while still having a modicum of supervision and guidelines in place.

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