Presidential Scholars Program

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The Presidential Scholars Program at the College of Southern Maryland offers high-achieving Calvert County students the unique opportunity to engage with a community of your distinguished peers.

Combining rigorous classroom instruction with enriching programming, the Presidential Scholars Program leads to an associate's degree in arts and sciences, with guaranteed transfer to more than 60 colleges and universities. The challenging curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, community service, and career preparation.

To support your academic work at the College of Southern Maryland, scholarship support is provided by the Florence B. Trueman Scholarship Fund of Calvert County.


  • Challenging academic curriculum
  • Guaranteed transfer admission
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Scholarship support
  • Small class sizes

Students Will Have the Opportunity to:

  • Study abroad
  • Attend monthly luncheons with speakers as well as other activities specifically for scholars students
  • Participate in the National Honors Society

Application Criteria:

To apply for the Presidential Scholarship students must:

  • Be a resident of Calvert County, ranked in the top 15% of his/her graduating high school class
  • Take majority of classes on the Prince Frederick Campus and be a full-time student
  • Demonstrate college readiness through SAT or ACT scores (to include a 27 or higher in the Reading Test portion of the SAT and 530 or higher in the Math portion of the SAT or a 21 or higher in the English, Reading and Math portions of the ACT) or appropriate Accuplacer scores
  • Apply by preferred deadline of April 6 of the year he/she will be entering the program
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (CSM’s school code: 002064)

Application packets are due May 10:

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Application Package Must Include:

  • CSM's online application, as well as the Presidential Scholars Program application
  • High school transcripts
  • SAT or ACT scores or appropriate Accuplacer scores
  • A one-page essay on why he/she wishes to be admitted into this competitive program
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor

Scholarship Amounts:

  • 25% of tuition for the freshman year
  • 50% of tuition for the sophomore year
  • Additional funds are available to those who demonstrate need

Scholarship support provided by the Florence B. Trueman Scholarship Fund of Calvert County.