• A Proven Roadmap for Success

    The College Success Scholars Program provides structured personal, academic, and professional support to Black and Latino males at the University of Maryland to ensure that scholars have the opportunity to become fully engaged in all aspects of university life and are able to succeed academically, personally, and professionally.

Scholar Testimonials

Tobi Oke
Class of 2016

College Success Scholars (CSS) has been the best thing that has happened to me since I started college. The opportunity to be accepted into a program that exposed me to college life prior to my first semester has impacted me significantly. I’ve been supplied with academic resources such as tutoring that have helped me to maintain an excellent GPA. The mentorship I’ve received from CSS leadership and upperclassmen has prepared me for the challenges that I faced throughout school and given me an advantage that is invaluable. As I grew in the program and in my personal academic achievements, I was afforded the opportunity to be in leadership in CSS which has been a transformational experience. I gained wisdom and understanding about being a professional and working to manage an organization. Through CSS leadership, I’ve learned accountability, discipline, and sacrifice. I’ve truly been blessed by my involvement in this program.

Tobi Oke
B.S. Kinesiology, 2016
School of Public Health
University of Maryland,
College Park

Troy Shuman earned his JD from Rodger Williams School of Law in spring 2015 and was recently selected for the Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Patrick Williams completed his Peace Corps assignment as a health technical trainer in Burkina Faso, Africa and is currently pursuing his doctorate in public health at University Of Minnesota

Alex Childs triple majored in Management Information Systems, Operations Management, and Analytics and is now a technology consulting senior analyst at Accenture.

Each of these young men created their own successful road map with the support of the College Success Scholars (CSS) program at the University of Maryland. As a result, each young man has created a bright future filled with service and leadership.


Student Scholars.

While society’s educational expectations remain low for Black and Latino young men, we know that these young men can and will succeed in school when they have access to the right tools, support, and opportunities. In fact, our first class of 2007 scholars succeeded with a 100% graduation rate. We continue this record of success, as our scholars maintain a 90% retention rate. This is 27% higher than similar populations who lack a support network like the one we offer at CSS. College Success Scholars demonstrate retention and graduation rates that far exceed university and national averages.

The College Success Scholars program recognizes the innate abilities and the potential for growth of each of our scholars. We work to help each scholar develop the following qualities as they begin their journey through higher education and ultimately into the workforce —

  • Resilience
  • Agency
  • Purpose, and
  • A sense of brotherhood

Our program helps scholars to develop a road map for their academic journey, that includes internships, fellowships, research, study abroad, leadership positions, and extracurricular activities that will strengthen their minds and characters and prepare them well for what lies ahead.

Our scholars

  • Receive and provide mentoring and tutoring
  • Engage in community service and service learning
  • Participate in cultural, educational, and professional field trips


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Internship Highlight - Andrew Day

Posted by James Lepinsky
Hello CSS Family, My name is Andrew Day, and I am currently a senior majoring in Information Science. This past summer, I had the pleasure of participating in a Supervised Internship that focused on Data Analytics. This opportunity is offered through the UMD iSchool and is listed as INST389. This class was extremely rewarding and allowed me to gain invaluable internship ...READ MORE »

Scholar Testimonials

Nehemiah Emaikwu
Class of 2017

The College Success Scholars program has played a key role in shaping my personal, academic, and professional experiences at the University of Maryland, College Park. My first year in the program, I was well resourced with tutoring services, free printing, and a satellite office where I spent many hours studying and getting to know other scholars. The following year I had the opportunity to be a team leader. In that role, I was able to understand the behind-the-scenes work that drove the program forward and develop my communication and leadership skills. Continuing in that role this year, I have further developed those skills and cultivated a professional relationship with others in the program and in the OMSE office. Through the CSS program, I have truly grown and matured as a young male of color.

Nehemiah Emaikwu
Class of 2017
University of Maryland,
College Park