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About the Program

The Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honors the University of Maryland’s most successful seniors and their designated University faculty and K-12 teachers for their mentorship. As a University community, we honor the Merrill Scholars and their mentors in a special ceremony and bring teachers and faculty together in a workshop that leads to stronger collaboration between the University and K-12 schools. The legacy of academic excellence, teaching, and mentoring continues as scholarships are awarded in the K-12 teacher’s name to a new first year student from that teacher’s high school or school district. The Merrill Presidential Scholars Program builds a community of scholars, faculty members, and K-12 teachers who recognize and celebrate the importance of teaching and mentoring the next generation.

News and Events


November 2020
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Merrill Presidential Scholars Luncheon
The customary reception could not be held this year because of COVID-19 social distancing requirements. View pictures from the 2019 luncheon

Group shot of the 219 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars

The 2020 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars

The Nomination Process

Each year the University of Maryland honors outstanding seniors and confers on them the designation of Merrill Presidential Scholars. The Scholars are selected by the academic colleges and schools with undergraduate major programs.