The CollegeBound Urban Scholars Program (CUSP) provides financial support, internships, and networking experiences for Baltimore City public school students. Urban Scholars receive annual scholarships of up to $10,000 throughout four years of college and are chosen through a competitive process which includes an in-person interview.
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Program Components, Scholar Benefits, Eligibility
- Scholarship: A four-year up to $10,000 renewable annual scholarship
- Skill-Building Workshops & Seminars:
- January - Economic Development Retreat held at a Baltimore metropolitan location, an all-day event that features workshops provided by program funders. Past topics include: "How to Interview", "Business Etiquette", "Social Networking", "Negotiating Your Future", “Social Media’. Students participate in employer/student roundtable discussions. Event concludes with a networking reception with business professionals.
- May - Early Summer Seminar conducted by a prominent local business. Over the course of the scholars' academic career, topics range from financial literacy (including managing a checking/savings account, the pitfalls of credit, borrowing for a home or auto and investing for their future) to preparing for summer internships and/or post grad employment. Event includes recognition of graduating senior scholars.
- August – Welcome, Writing and Wrap Up – Welcome new freshmen to the program and returning scholars “wrap up” the prior year. Workshop/seminar provided by HR professionals for students to begin building professional resume and/or interpret summer internship experiences into line items on their resume. A networking reception with prominent corporate representatives concludes the event.
- Networking Opportunities - Incorporated into each of the three scholar events.
- Summer Internship Opportunities - Scholars are assisted in seeking/securing meaningful internship opportunities each summer of their academic career. The experiences are intended to give them insight into the Baltimore business community as well as opportunities for mentoring from senior level management which may lead to potential employment upon graduation.
- Mentoring Experience - Scholars receive a mentoring experience each year of their academic career. Mentors from the corporate community as well as graduates of CUSP round out the pool of volunteers.
- Scholars: Eligible high school seniors should apply through a link on CollegeBound’s website. Beginning December 1st each year students can access an application on the main web page by clicking the words ‘Apply Here’.
- Eligible students must:
- be a student in good academic standing currently attending a Baltimore City Public High School
- be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant
- have applied and plan to attend full-time, one of the participating colleges/universities (Capitol Technology University, Goucher College, Hood College, Loyola University Maryland, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Stevenson University, Washington College)
- have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
Incoming freshman are selected through a process which includes an in-person interview in the April-May timeframe.
Additional Criteria Used to Determine Eligibility:
- Financial need (preference for students from low- and moderate-income families)
- High school academic performance
- Well written essay
- Professional resume
- Letter(s) of recommendation
- Leadership potential demonstrated through high school activities and community involvement
- Preference is given to minority students and those with a demonstrable interest in diversity
Program Participation Requirements:
- Scholars continue to participate in CollegeBound Urban Scholars Program and receive the scholarship and other program benefits each year up to four (4) years if they:
- Maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing at a participating college/university
- Maintain a required minimum cumulative GPA
- Attend CUSP skill-building workshops and networking events
- Complete an internship each summer
Since its inception in 2004, CUSP has:
- Awarded more than $2.4 Million in scholarships to needy students
- Celebrated 42 graduates to date from CUSP
- Assisted graduates of the program in entering the workforce, matriculating in graduate programs and continuing outreach to future Urban Scholars
- Provided mentors for each Urban Scholar with the assistance of corporate and CUSP graduate volunteers
- 48% of Alumni pursue masters or doctoral degrees
- Alumni employed full-time as
* Accountants * Medical Compliance Officers
* Animal Assistants/Trainers * Medical Researchers
* Client Relations * Paralegals
* Engineers * Pastors
* Entrepreneurs * Project Managers
* Lawyers * Social Service Agents
2018-2019 CollegeBound Urban Scholars Program Participants
Lindsey Bush **
Danny Flanagan, III **
Davon Harris **
Caprice Hickson **
Mount St. Mary's University
Akira Jones **
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Rawan Mahmoud **
Leonel Suarez-Perez **
T' Ana Williams
Loyola University Maryland
** Denotes dual Urban/Travelers EDGE Scholars
Program Funders & In-Kind Gift Contributors
Associated Black Charities
CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield
Compass Group/Bon Appetit
Greater Baltimore Committee
Lord Baltimore Capital Corporation
SC&H Group LLC
Shawe Family Foundation
T. Rowe Price Associates Foundation, Inc.
University of Maryland Medical Center
Summer Internship Sponsors
Art with a Heart
Baltimore Algebra Project
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Gallagher, Evelius & Jones
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins University
LifeBridge Health System
Maryland Historical Society
The Maryland Zoo
Parks & People Foundation
Refugee Youth Projects
Soccer Without Borders
University of Maryland Medical Center