Terp Young Scholars

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Terp Young Scholars: July 11-30, 2021

We are preparing for a great summer for Terp Young Scholars. Please check back in November for information regarding summer 2021.


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Program Overview

Discover the challenge, excitement, and independence of campus life at the University of Maryland with Terp Young Scholars-Campus and Terp Young Scholars-Online programs. Alongside other academically talented high school students, you will pursue an academic interest, engage with dynamic faculty, and get a jump on college by earning three university credits.

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 peers in a virtual academic setting. Classes meet every day, Monday-Friday, with meeting times varying according to the specific course's online structure. Acceptance is competitive and based upon academic performance.

Technical Requirements: Terp Young Scholars is designed to introduce students to rigorous college-level coursework. The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To be successful in an online program Terp Scholars will need to review the TYS technical requirements. To learn more, see Technical Requirements.

In addition to innovative courses, Terp Young Scholars-Online also offers optional virtual afternoon, evening, and weekend activities that provide a glimpse of UMD’s rich campus life. For an overview, see Sample Online Activity CalendarTerp Young Scholars-Online optional extracurricular activities focus on the following themes:

  • Academic Excellence and College Readiness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Development
  • Self- Exploration and Leadership Development

All students are encouraged to attend and participate to the fullest. Upon completion of the program, we ask students to complete a survey. Over the years, these surveys demonstrate that those students who fully participated in activities beyond the classroom were the ones with the highest satisfaction rating.

The Terp Young Scholars 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.

Note: Terp Young Scholars will run 100% online for summer 2020.

Important Considerations

  • Terp Young Scholars program admission is competitive and contingent upon space availability. Early applicants are more likely to receive their first course selection and be guaranteed accommodations.
  • Terp Young Scholars is an academic program. Terp Scholars are admitted as non-degree seeking students to the University of Maryland for the Summer Session. Students are registered for one three-credit university course for which a grade and credits will be earned. The course may not be taken pass-fail or audit. The grade and credits earned will post to the UMD transcript and will be part of the student academic record.
  • Attendance: Students must attend the program in its entirety. Students are not permitted to miss virtual class time, including arriving late and/or leaving early. Anyone who has an obligation such as employment, club sport, travel, or similar commitment should consider whether this will interfere with program requirements. Lack of course attendance can lead to program dismissal or a poor grade posting on the academic record.
  • Acceptance into Terp Young Scholars does not guarantee admission into a degree-seeking program at UMD.
  • All students must:
    • Demonstrate maturity, self-discipline, motivation, and a desire to succeed, and
    • Understand and agree that attendance for the entire three-week program, including the program’s orientation date, is mandatory.

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 has a BA in English from Texas Christian University, an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Southern California, and an Ed.D from George Washington University.

Lenaya Stewart, Manager, Programs: 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. and M.A. in English Literature at UMD. She is excited for a great summer with Terp Young Scholars!

Ashley Mena, Pre-College Coordinator: Ashley is pursuing her Master's degree in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her B.A. from Rutgers University in Latino and Caribbean Studies. Her background includes working as a college readiness mentor and summer bridge program administration. She is passionate about helping students grow into better versions of themselves and looks forward to spending the summer with Terp Young Scholars!

Xanh (Sun) Tran, Program Assistant: Xanh is pursuing their Master's degree in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. They received their B.A. in Organizational Sociology and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Davis. Their professional background includes diversity programming, intergroup dialogue training, and tutoring. They're dedicated to helping students think critically and engage in respectful community learning.

Emily Bernstein, Program Assistant: Emily is pursuing her Master's degree in School Counseling at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her background includes Residential Life programming, AmeriCorps program administration, and international exchange participation. She was also a Fulbright Grant Recipient, teaching English in Malaysia in 2017. She is dedicated to building and fostering inclusive, safe communities for students of all ages.  

Mentors: Mentors are UMD undergraduate degree-seeking students selected for their campus leadership, residence life experience, and problem-solving skills. All mentors complete federal and state child protective services and criminal background checks. Mentors are a resource accessible to students during the program and support students in a range of methods, from mentor drop-in hours, community building activities, and answering questions about the program and campus life.

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