Terp Young Scholars

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Terp Young Scholars: July 7-26, 2019

Application Opens: February 19
Application Closes: June 15
Orientation (Check-in) Day: Sunday, July 7
Program Final Day: Friday, July 26

Overview | Program Staff

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 will 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!

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 rigorous academic setting. Classes meet every day, Monday-Friday, with meeting times varying according to the specific course. Classes generally meet for three hours a day between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and may include an afternoon session. Acceptance is competitive, and based upon academic performance. 

In addition to innovative courses, Terp Young Scholars also offers optional afternoon, evening, and weekend activities that provide a glimpse of UMD’s rich campus life.  For an overview, see Sample Activity Calendar

  • Campus Tours include visits to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Campus Farm, UMD Observatory and Neutral Buoyancy and Robotics Labs.
  • Workshops feature an Undergraduate Admissions presentation, Art and Learning Center drawing and printmaking classes, and fitness workshops lead by University Recreation & Wellness, including Zumba, Yoga, and Bodycombat. 
  • Social activities include a weekend day-trip to Washington, D.C., pool parties, mixers, ice cream social (with UMD ice cream), movies, and more.

Terp Young Scholars is an academic program. Participants are admitted as non-degree seeking students to the University of Maryland for the Summer Session. 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.

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, 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 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!

Fernando Lopez, Program Assistant: Fernando is pursuing his Master’s degree in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his B.S.B.A. in Marketing from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. His background includes student advising, residence life community building, and safety coordination. He also participated in the Robert E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Fernando is passionate about breaking barriers to student success and helping students identify their own passions.

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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