Since 2006, Goucher College has provided students with this opportunity.  The Maryland Scholars Program (formerly the Education Opportunity Program/EOP Scholars) is a four-year comprehensive education and financial assistance program for first-generation Maryland residents from under-served socio-economic backgrounds who exhibit intellectual promise, motivation, and scholarship.

In partnership with state and federal funding, grants, and generous gifts, the Maryland Scholars Program provides selected students with the opportunity to experience a transformational and forward thinking liberal arts education within a supportive, close-knit community. Goucher is prepared to make this commitment for four years as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

Admissions and financial aid requirements are available here.

What It Means to Be a Maryland Scholar

Goucher College wants to make your transition to college as worry-free as possible. That’s why our Maryland Scholars Program includes a summer “bridge” program that will make the adjustment to campus life a little easier. Once the academic year starts, Maryland Scholars meet regularly with the Maryland Scholars Coordinator and members of the Goucher community to continue our mutual commitment to your success.

At Goucher we talk a lot about transforming lives. That’s because we believe a college education can change your life. We’ve seen it happen thousands of times. It can happen to you, too.

The Summer Bridge Program

The Maryland Scholars Program includes a summer bridge program that will make the adjustment to campus life a little easier. It's a required, four-week, residential summer session, where students get to know the college, its residence halls, and its programs, all before the fall semester begins. During the summer bridge program, you'll attend academic sessions to enrich writing, reading, and math skills and meet regularly with peer tutors and mentors. It's a great way for students to prep for college and get comfortable on campus before classes even start.

In addition to the academic sessions, Maryland Scholars participate in personal and academic development and awareness workshops regarding financial aid, the first-year experience, Residential Life, student engagement, technology services, public safety, library services, and many other topics. Maryland Scholars also attend workshops facilitated by community members that address topics such as financial literacy, time management, effective study skills, stress management, coping strategies for emotional distractions, and success strategies. Maryland Scholars also participate in a number of evening and weekend experiences in the Greater Baltimore and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas.

During the Academic Year

As academics must be your first priority, the Maryland Scholars Coordinator and members of the Goucher community are available to help you stay on top of your work, not just when encounter difficulties. Continuing with topics discussed during the summer bridge program, additional skill-building workshops and mentoring sessions will take place to ensure your successful transition into our challenging liberal arts setting. Maryland Scholars will also participate in social and experiential learning opportunities, such as trips and retreats through the year, in addition to attending campus events and lectures.

Program Contact Information

For more information on applying to Goucher and the Maryland Scholars Program, please contact:

Lisa M. Hill
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

For additional information of the Maryland Scholars Program and the experiences of enrolled Maryland Scholars, please contact:

Mary Tandia
Maryland Scholars Program Manager