Lakeland STARs tutor and tutee

Lakeland STARS

A part of the Scholars experience since 1996, the Lakeland STARs tutoring program connects current Scholars and Scholars undergraduate alumni with first- through sixth-grade students from nearby Paint Branch Elementary School.

As a Lakeland STARs tutor, you will work with students to enrich their academic experience. You will be matched one-on-one with a Paint Branch student and meet for 2.5 hours each week on a designated day (Wednesday or Thursday) throughout the semester. Tutoring sessions primarily take place in Centreville Hall. 

During the 2020–2021 academic year, tutoring sessions will take place entirely on Zoom.


Lakeland STARs is coordinated through a partnership between the City of College Park Youth, Family & Senior Services; Paint Branch Elementary School; and College Park Scholars.

The City of College Park Youth, Family & Senior Services coordinates children's applications, funds the program, and provides administrative support and transportation. Paint Branch Elementary identifies a teacher liaison for the program, and teachers provide suggestions to the tutors for best practices in working with children. College Park Scholars recruits tutors, coordinates the day-to-day logistics of the program and provides facilities in which the tutoring and enrichment activities occur.


Students should be prepared to commit 2.5 hours to STARs every week. There are 10 sessions of STARs each semester.  Refer to the tutoring schedule at the bottom of this page.

Each week, tutors meet in the lobby of Centreville Hall at 3:30 p.m. for important announcements and to prepare for the session. Once the children arrive, tutors will work with them on homework for about 45 minutes, followed by an enrichment activity for another 45 minutes. The children leave campus by 5:45 p.m.. 

Twice per semester, Lakeland STARs will be held at Paint Branch Elementary School. Transportation will be provided for all tutors. 

How to Get Involved

Any current Scholars student, or Scholars undergraduate alum, may apply to become a Lakeland STARs tutor. 

Applications usually open at the beginning of each semester. Keep an eye out in the Scholars Weekly e-newsletter for the next application phase.

Student Coordinators

The STARs student leadership team can be reached at

Portrait of Radhika Bapat

Radhika Bapat

Coordinator, Science, Technology and Society alum
Portrait of Jenna Deutch

Jenna Deutch

Coordinator, Arts alum
Portrait of Jackie Flam

Jackie Flam

Coordinator, Arts alum
Portrait of Sunny Muthuswami

Sunny Muthuswami

Coordinator, Justice and Legal Thought alum

For More Information

Portrait of Akhila Vishnubhotla

Akhila Vishnubhotla

Coordinator for Student Engagement, College Park Scholars

Tutoring Schedule

Spring 2022

Session 1 Feb. 16 Feb. 17
Session 2 Feb. 23 Feb. 24
Session 3 March 2 March 3
Session 4 March 9 March 10
Session 5 March 16 March 17
UMD SPRING BREAK No session on March 23 No session on March 24
Session 6 March 30 March 31
Session 7 April 6 April 7
PBES SPRING BREAK No session on April 13 No session on April 14
Session 8 April 20 April 21
Session 9 April 27 April 28
Session 10 May 4 May 5
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