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Terp Young Scholars

How the Program Works

Courses | Residential or Commuter | Activities | Program Staff

For three remarkable weeks, Terp Scholars attend class, enjoy course activities, study, work on projects, and prepare for exams. Scholars also participate in program seminars, workshops, and social activities. Whether you commute or live on campus, you fully experience university life at Maryland! For a general schedule, click here.


Terp Scholars select one three-credit course and are encouraged to make a second choice in the event that a course becomes full before the application is processed. Classes meet every day, Monday-Friday, with meeting times varying according to the specific course. Students should expect to purchase books, class packets, or classroom supplies. Course syllabi provide information on these additional requirements. Both credit and grade earned post to the UMD transcript and become part of the student record. The course may not be taken pass-fail or audit. To learn more, see Courses.

Residential or Commuter

Terp Scholars select whether to live on-campus or commute from home. Students are responsible for making choices and organizing their time as part of exploring the independence of university life. Both the residential and commuter options are designed to provide students with an overview of the Maryland experience.


Terp Scholars are expected to attend the scheduled seminars, workshops, and social activities.

  • Seminars:  Offered once a week, seminars include topics such as Undergraduate Admissions, art immersion experiences, observatory session, and more.
  • Workshops:  Stretch yourself and learn something new—that’s what college is all about. Workshops meet twice a week and include topics such as Zumba, Yoga, and more.
  • Social Activities: Meet other Terp Scholars in a relaxed environment such as a weekend day-trip to Washington, DC, pool parties, mixers, and more.

Program Staff

Matthew Nessan, Associate Director, Programs: A returned Peace Corps volunteer, Matthew has been working in higher education since 2011. His professional experiences include university teaching, post-secondary accreditation, and graduate program 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. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Originally from Montana, Matthew is an avid college football fan who enjoys hiking, camping, and new experiences abroad.

Lenaya Stewart, Program Coordinator: Lenaya is dedicated to supporting academic success. She loves helping students discover the many resources the University of Maryland, College Park has to offer. Her professional university 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 spring. 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. His background includes working within the Office of Resident Life and being a wilderness adventure guide. This will be his second year working within the Office of Extended Studies and Terp Scholars. He always enjoys the various aspects of programming to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone who participates in these programs. He is looking forward to being a part of the program for the second summer and helping students discover University life.

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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