• 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

Michael Akande
Class of 2017

CSS has made me into the scholar, professional, and individual that I am today. Since my acceptance into the program I have been blessed with countless opportunities and resources that are directly attributable to my success. As a team leader, seeing how the program has evolved since my freshman year has been eye-opening, and I am glad to have been a part of it. My involvement in the program has only worked to my advantage as I have gone on to apply to be a resident assistant (RA) on campus, and have been offered an internship opportunity for this upcoming summer, again, all as a direct result of my involvement with the CSS program.

Michael Akande
B.S. Business Finance,
Class of 2017
Robert H. Smith
School of Business
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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Scholar Testimonials

Patrick Williams
Class of 2011

Participating in the College Success Scholars program was the single most influential experience during my time as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lester and the staff of OMSE pushed and inspired me to attain heights and successes that I would have never actualized or even conceived on my own. I became a better student as well as an empowered man through this program. I gained the confidence and support that I needed to achieve great things in our world. I will do everything within my power to ensure that young men continue to benefit from this phenomenal program.

Patrick Williams
Public Health Systems
Analyst Doctoral Program
University of Minnesota
School of Public Health
RPCV, Burkina Faso