College Park Scholars was born out of a revolutionary concept: Enhance the education of University of Maryland students by creating a learning community where students both take classes and live together in the same residence halls. The program would help students make meaningful connections between disciplines, as well as with one another and their faculty.

In fall 1994, the first class of Scholars students arrived in College Park to give life to that idea.

In fall 2019, College Park Scholars marks 25 years of successfully cultivating the undergraduate experience of its first- and second-year students.

We celebrate this milestone with #ScholarsAt25, a year-long recognition of the connections, care and discovery that have become the hallmarks of College Park Scholars.

Evolved, but values remain

During the past 25 years, Scholars has grown from four academic programs to 12. We have continued long-standing traditions such as Service Day and Academic Showcase, even as we have initiated new ones such as Playfair. We’ve encouraged new student initiatives—such as Real Talk, peer mentors, and Scholars Promoting and Revitalizing Care (or SPARC)—while evolving our previous student initiatives, such as the Scholars Cup charity kickball (originally softball!) tournament.

Even as we’ve grown and evolved, though, our values have remained unchanged: We prize the diversity of our students, their experiences and their perspectives. We strive to learn across difference. We ensure a space for all.

Celebrate with us

#ScholarsAt25 will offer an array of events that underscore these varied aspects of Scholars’ personality and history. Through special lectures and excursions, retro movie screenings, social gatherings and other special anniversary touches, we’ll do what Scholars does best: nurture the whole person—the heart as well as the head—and build connections between people.

For the past 25 years, our community has supported and celebrated the growth and achievements of more than 16,000 Scholars students who have lived and learned in the Cambridge Community. As we look with excitement toward our next 25 years, we invite our students, our alumni and the entire University of Maryland community to join us in recognizing the past 25, with #ScholarsAt25.

We’ve learned together for 25 years. Now, let’s celebrate together!


Dec. 14: Do service alongside Baltimore Terp alums

Come serve alongside the Baltimore Terps Alumni Network during Wreaths Across America, Dec. 14: Volunteers will lay wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers at the Baltimore National Cemetery. Come a few minutes early to enjoy donuts and coffee, courtesy of the alumni network. Scholars will additionally provide #ScholarsAt25 shirts for participants. You do not need to be a member of the Baltimore Terps Alumni Network to participate.

Saturday, Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Baltimore National Cemetery, 5501 Frederick Ave., Catonsville, Md.


Pop-Up Service Day

Alumni consistently rank Service Day as one of their favorite Scholars memories. Relive that experience—and give back to your local community—by hosting your own Pop-Up Service Day!

We’ll provide some basic information to get you started.Once you’ve confirmed your Service Day site, date and number of participants, contact us. We’ll send you a Service Day kit to make it a genuine Scholars experience!

Create your own Pop-Up Service Day


Nov. 17: Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture

This excursion has been filled, but we will have more alumni events in the spring.

Come tour this historically significant museum with Arts Scholars, one of the four original College Park Scholars programs. Program Director Harold Burgess and Associate Director Heather Bremenstuhl will contact registrants with additional details closer to the date. They will also be at the museum on the excursion date.

Scholars alums may bring 1 outside guest. 20 tickets available.

Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
National Museum of African American History & Culture

Reserve a ticket.

Oct. 27: Tour the world’s first LEED Platinum building

Alums from any Scholars program are invited to join Dr. Thomas Holtz and Dr. John Merck of Science and Global Change (formerly Earth, Life and Time) and their students for a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, the world’s first LEED Platinum building.

Alums can opt to take a morning presentation and tour only, or stick around for lunch and one hour of beach clean-up. Scholars alums may bring 1 outside guest. Activity capped at 10 participants.

Sunday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, Md.


Oct. 25: Ice cream tasting

Scholars, alumni and campus partners: It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! Swing by the Cambridge Community Center to get a free scoop of our very own 25th anniversary ice cream, Scholars Chocolloquium. This winning flavor, voted on by people like you, features double chocolate ice cream with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Oreos and a marshmallow swirl.

           Friday, Oct. 25, 2:45 – 4 p.m.
           1111 Cambridge Community Center

If you miss the tasting, not to worry: We’ll be serving Scholars Chocolloquium on Maryland Day (April 25, 2020) as well!