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.

Program Components

  • Extensive SAT preparation in a small virtual 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
  • One-on-one assistance with the college application process

There will be a total of 18 hours of SAT prep class instruction, running from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. over the course of 3 weeks, Monday through Thursday, and a total of approximately 4.5 hours of college prep instruction on Fridays. Students will also have the option to attend daily information sessions from each of our eight engineering departments.  All programming will be held in a virtual environment. Students in the program are required to attend all sessions, mandatory orientation, and self administer and submit a pre- and post-test results.  Students will receive a detailed schedule prior to orientation and the start of the program.

Program Dates

Date Activity
Thursday, July 8 Student/Parent Orientation
Sunday, July 11 Pre-test results due
Monday, July 12 Program Start Date
Friday, July 30 Program End Date
Sunday, August 1 Post-test results due

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


The entire program costs $200 per student.  Scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need.  Please email for more information.


All students attending a high school in Maryland are eligible to apply; however, preference will be given to students who attend school 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 (i.e. rising juniors and seniors).
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA.

Materials/Technical Requirements

Program participation will require:

  • Laptop Computer/Desktop Computer/Tablet
  • Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps.
  • A Webcam and/or Microphone for use during live sessions on Zoom.  
  • Access to a web browser on the device.
  • A student account set up on the College Board and Khan Academy.

How To Apply

Students must submit*:

  • The online application which includes a personal statement essay addressing the following prompt:  Why would you like to participate in the Pre-College Scholars Program?  What are your interests in the University of Maryland and the Clark School?  Please feel free to share your past experiences, extra-curricular activities, and strengths in your essay.
    • Essay should be one page, 12 pt. font, and double-spaced using Microsoft Word or PDF format only.
  • An official or unofficial copy of high school transcript
  • An official copy of PSAT and/or SAT scores (if applicable)

*The University of Maryland recognizes and values the privacy of university community members and its guests and strives to be leaders and set the standard in which we manage personal information. For more information, please review the University of Maryland's Privacy Notice.

Application Deadline


Contact Information

Ms. Aishah Briscoe, Program Manager for Undergraduate Outreach and Recruitment

A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

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