Annual Traditions

What does it mean to be a Scholar? We show our spirit and recognize our talented students, staff and faculty during these annual events.

Fall Traditions


Welcome to Scholars! Each fall, Scholars Convocation rallies students, faculty and staff on move-in day to celebrate incoming students’ entrance to our community. Students are welcomed by Executive Director Dr. Marilee Lindemann, faculty, staff, and outstanding student leaders.

Service Day

All incoming Scholars begin their college experience with a day of service in communities surrounding University of Maryland – a tradition that is more than 20 years old!  Students get to know others in their Scholars program while building relationships with faculty and making a difference in our neighboring communities.

Learn more about Service Day

Block Party & Info Fair

Learn about ways to get involved in the Scholars community, or just come for the party. Scholars Block Party features games, food, and music, and showcases student organizations and involvement opportunities throughout the Scholars community. Contact Jeany Cadet for more information.

Citation Awards Ceremony

Each fall, Scholars celebrates the acoomplishments of students in our recent citation class. Each program honors students for outstanding achievement and outstanding citizenship. In addition, six students are honored for exemplifying the founding ideals and values of College Park Scholars.

Spring Traditions

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Awards

Each spring, students nominate Scholars faculty and staff to receive a variety of awards that honor their commitment to students and to the community. Nominations are open in April, and awards are presented during a ceremony in May. Contact Jeany Cadet for more information or to nominate someone.

Nominate a Scholars faculty member, staff member or graduate assistant.

Academic Showcase

Each Spring, second-year College Park Scholars present their capstone projects at the Academic Showcase. The Showcase features individual and team poster displays, highlighting work in research, service-learning and internships. A number of outstanding posters are recognized during the showcase awards ceremony and earn cash prizes.

Learn more about the annual Academic Showcase

"Step Up to Bat for Kids" Charity Tournament 

Our annual charity kickball tournament, celebrating more than 20 years, raises thousands of dollars for charities in our community and serves as the culmination of the race for the Scholars Cup. Each Scholars program selects a local or regional charity to represent during the tournament. They raise funds on behalf of their selected charity throughout the year, earning Scholars Cup points along the way.

Learn more about the annual "Step Up to Bat for Kids" Charity Tournament 

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Ongoing Events and Traditions 

Scholars Cup

The Scholars Cup is a fundraising competition for charity and a series of competitive events that builds community throughout the year. Each program accumulates points for participating in events and raising funds for their selected charity. The Scholars Cup culminates in the annual "Step Up to Bat for Kids" Charity Kickball Tournament in May.

Learn more about the Scholars Cup

Annual Theme

The College Park Scholars annual theme brings our community together to engage in a shared intellectual experience. We take on a complex, multifaceted problem that demands thoughtful, creative, hands-on solutions. Our theme for 2018-19 is Migrations: Populations and Practices on the Move. In 2017-18, we supported Going Viral: The Spread of Illness, Imagery, and Information in the Modern World. In 2016-17, we undertook a wide-ranging study of Power: Citizenship, Circuits, Societies. In 2015-16, we dove deep into Trash: The Problem of Waste in Our Lives and World.