Update: April 22, 2020
Above all, the University of Maryland is committed to the health and safety of our community; therefore, we have canceled the Pre-College Scholars Program for Summer 2020.  If you have currently applied for the program, you will receive further communication from our staff shortly. 

We look forward to resuming the program in Summer 2021.  We wish you health, safety, and well-being during this uncertain time. 

Program Description


The goal of the Clark School Pre-College Scholars Program is to recruit talented students to attend the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.  The program recruits students in the 10th and 11th grade (rising juniors and seniors) who have an interest in and aptitude for mathematics, science and/or engineering. The program is currently targeting students from schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Baltimore City, Maryland, and select schools in Montgomery County, Maryland (see list below). Students from schools in Washington, DC are encouraged to apply as well. 

Program Components

  • Extensive SAT preparation in a small classroom setting
  • Engagement with University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff to gain experience in the field of engineering
  • Workshops on college admissions and applying for financial aid
  • Access to engineering facilities through tours and lab visits
  • Hands-on engineering activities

There will be a total of fifteen (15) sessions beginning in mid-June and concluding in mid-July, running from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., each day, at the University of Maryland. Students in the program are also required to attend all sessions, mandatory orientations and the administration of a pre- and post-test.  Summer 2020 program dates will be available in mid-February.  Students will receive a detailed schedule at the time of their acceptance.

Program Dates

Date Activity
Thursday, June 18 Student/Parent Orientation
Monday, June 22 Pre-test
Tuesday, June 23 Session 1
Wednesday, June 24 Session 2
Thursday, June 25 Session 3
Friday, June 26 Session 4
Monday, June 29 Session 5
Tuesday, June 30 Session 6
Wednesday, July 1 Session 7
Thursday, July 2 Session 8
Monday, July 6 Session 9
Tuesday, July 7 Session 10
Wednesday, July 8 Session 11
Thursday, July 9 Session 12
Friday, July 10 Session 13
Monday, July 13 Session 14
Tuesday, July 14 Session 15
Wednesday, July 15 Post-test

Program Benefit

  • A college scholarship to students admitted to the Clark School of Engineering.

Please note that participation in the Pre-College Scholars Program does not guarantee admission to the University of Maryland.


The program costs $300.  The cost of the program covers all expenses except transportation to and from the university and incidental spending money.  The program fee is due upon acceptance to the program.


All students attending a high school in Maryland are eligible to apply; however, preference will be given to students who attend school in or reside in Prince George's County or Baltimore City, Maryland, Washington, DC, or one of the select high schools in Montgomery County, Maryland:

  • Albert Einstein HS 
  • John F. Kennedy HS 
  • Northwood HS 
  • Wheaton HS

Students MUST also meet the following requirements:

  • Currently in the tenth or eleventh grade.
  • Have previously taken the PSAT or SAT, and have scores available.
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA.

To Apply

Students must submit:

  • An online application
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official copy of PSAT and/or SAT scores


FINAL DEADLINE:  Friday, June 5, 2020

Contact Information

Ms. Aishah Briscoe, Program Manager for Undergraduate Outreach and Recruitment, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland.  

Address: 1126E Glenn L. Martin Hall, College Park, MD 20742

Phone: (301) 405-5342

E-mail:  futureengineer@umd.edu