Student Groups

Make the most of your Scholars experience by getting involved in the community as a part of a student group. Build leadership skills, see your ideas become reality, and gain exposure to new points of view.

Find application and contact information below.  


Assist with promoting College Park Scholars during recruitment and community events. Help strengthen the Scholars community by offering feedback on a variety of issues and building community across Scholars programs. Learn more about Scholars Ambassadors.

Cambridge Community Queers and Allies (CCQA)

Join this dialogue group of LGBTQ students and allies in Scholars and beyond. Contact Ben Parks for more information.

Lakeland STARs

Tutor and mentor students at nearby Paint Branch Elementary School. You will be matched one-on-one with a student to provide homework assistance and coordinate free-time activities. Tutoring sessions alternate between on-site at Paint Branch Elementary and Centreville Hall. Learn more about Lakeland STARs. 

Peer Mentors

Build community and encourage academic success for incoming students. Sophomores are matched with incoming freshmen to help build connection between cohorts and help guide freshmen through the transition to campus life. Learn more about Peer Mentors. 

Real Talk

Join this dialogue group focusing on the diverse experiences and needs of Scholars students of color. Discussion topics include microaggressions, cultural appropriation, gender/race roles and balance on campus; social media; hot topics in the news, etc. Meets biweekly. Contact Jeany Cadet for more information. 

Scholars Cup Leadership Team

Lead the annual Scholars Cup, a series of events designed to raise funds for charity and build community in Scholars throughout the year. Help plan the annual Charity Softball Tournament. Learn more about the Scholars Cup Leadership Team.

Scholars in Action

Founded by Science and Global Change alumni with a passion for service and community engagement, Scholars in Action is a student-run initiative that seeks to forge connections across Scholars programs and with the greater College Park community through service. Our philosophy: By bettering the world around you, you better your education and yourself. Learn more about Scholars in Action.

Scholars Promoting and Revitalizing Care (SPARC)

Our mission is to actively implement a standard of care at UMD that is built upon the principles of community, support, impact, and acceptance. Our goal is to facilitate active participation and engagement with others as a driving force for generating positive energy. Reach out to us at Learn more at

Student Advisory Board

Share ideas and goals on behalf of your classmates, organize events, and serve as a sounding board for new initiatives in the community. Each program has one freshman and one sophomore representative. Additionally, two commuter representatives also serve on the Board. Applications are open each fall semester. Learn more about the Student Advisory Board.