Maryland Scholars Program

The Maryland Scholars Program (formerly the Educational Opportunity Program/EOP Scholars) is designed to make a Goucher education accessible to first-generation Maryland residents from under-served socio-economic communities. Maryland Scholars benefit from extensive academic and financial support throughout their four years at Goucher, as well as special programming to enhance both academic and social opportunities.

The Maryland Scholars Program (MSP) provides selected students with the opportunity to experience a transformational and forward thinking liberal arts education within a supportive and close-knit community. Goucher College is prepared to make this commitment for four years as long as the Maryland Scholar 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 the transition to college as worry-free as possible. That’s why the Maryland Scholars Program includes a Summer Bridge Program that will make the adjustment to a residential campus community a little easier. Once the academic year starts, Maryland Scholars meet regularly with the Maryland Scholars Program Manager 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 and it can happen to you, too.

The Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program is a required residential summer session where students get to know the college community and its programs. It is a great way for students to prepare for college and get comfortable on campus before the fall semester begins.

During the Summer Bridge Program, Maryland Scholars will attend intensive personalized instruction in math and English, while working closely with academic peer tutors and mentors. Additionally, Maryland Scholars participate in personal and academic development and awareness workshops including, the first-year experience, community living, and student engagement. Members of the Goucher community also participate by facilitating workshops that address topics such as financial literacy, time management, effective study skills, stress management, coping strategies for emotional distractions, and success strategies. Students 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 Program Manager and members of the Goucher community are available to help you stay on top of your work, not just when you encounter difficulties. Continuing with topics discussed during the summer bridge program, additional skill- building workshops and mentoring sessions will take place to ensure your continued successful transition into our community.

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