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Scholars Program

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College of Southern Maryland
Scholars Program
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Christine Arnold-Lourie
Director, Scholars Program

Student Testimonial


Ana-Alecia Stauffer, 24, of Hollywood, was the first graduate in the college’s Scholars Program. Stauffer, who graduated from CSM with an associate’s degree in history in 2007 and who attended the University of Maryland College Park for a semester, returned to CSM while saving funds to continue toward a bachelor’s degree in history. “I didn’t want to stop coming to school,” said Stauffer, who added that her mentor, Professor Christine Arnold-Lourie, is encouraging her to continue to work toward her ultimate goal of a doctorate in history and a teaching career. “She has been wonderful and has been responsible for my love of history.”

Scholars Program

Eligibility Criteria

Student status

  • Students may apply as entering first-year students, as current CSM students, or as transfer students
  • Applicants may be full- or part-time students

Eligibility pathways

For entering, first-year students:

  • Standardized test scores – minimum composite score of 1200 on SAT Verbal and Math OR 26 on the ACT, AND a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 weighted and be eligible for at least MTH 1000 or ENG 1010.

    (Applicant also must test out of all developmental courses.)


  • CSM COMPASS placement scores of at least 94 in reading and writing.
    (Applicant must also test out of all developmental courses.)

For current CSM students

  • Must have earned a 3.5 college GPA, and have taken at least twelve credits at the 1000-level or above.  Must be eligible for at least MTH 1000 and ENG 1010.

    (All developmental work must be completed.)

For students transferring to CSM

  • Completion of 12 transfer–level credits, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
    (All developmental work must be completed.)

Application Process:

Interested students must submit:

To remain in the Scholars Program:

Students must maintain a yearly cumulative GPA of 3.3 to participate in the Scholars Program. The Honors Committee will review the status of any Scholars Program participant who does not maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA.