USM Student Success

Each year, USM students are recognized as being among the nation’s elite scholars, artists, athletes, and innovators. At both the undergraduate and graduate level,
they have earned some of the highest honors available.

USM is immensely proud of these students and their accomplishments in and outside the classroom. Through their hard work and dedication, these students power
forward our institutions, our communities, and our state.

Bowie State University

  •  Gabriel Ajiwe ‘16 was awarded a $5,000 scholarship through the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Ajiwe will study abroad in South Africa, where he will teach life skills to children from rural areas.

SU Award

Salisbury University

Towson University

  •  Destiny Watford '17 won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her community leadership in derailing plans to build a trash incinerator in Curtis Bay, Maryland.
  • Sydney Dinetz ‘16, Zachary Sierakowski ‘16, Hammad Imran ‘17, Sara Bittner ‘18 and Jarrett Booz ’18 won $5,000 scholarships from the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum, which aims to foster excellence in business and information technology in an environment that promotes educational and networking opportunities for CIOs facing similar challenges and issues.
  • Towson Lax
  •  Towson men’s and women’s lacrosse teams won their respective Colonial Athletic Association championships, each qualifying for an automatic bid in the NCAA Division I tournament. This is the second consecutive year the men’s team has won this title.

University of Baltimore

  • Dale McClinton, Randi Brown, Shaneik Downs, and Ida Jadali won cybersecurity scholarships courtesy of T.E.N., a technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm; ISE Talent, an information security recruiting firm; and ICMCP, the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals.
  • Sonce Reese ‘17, won a  2016 Newman Civic Fellow award, established to honor student leaders dedicated to creating lasting change and building a better world.
  •  Muhammad Owais received a merit scholarship from The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County


University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland University College
 President Obama awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to UMUC graduate student Florent Groberg for his bravery in tackling a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

UMUC Vet Awarded

Student Success Initiatives at USM
USM is committed to seeing its students succeed. It is delivering on this commitment in a variety of important ways:

  • Establishing/maintaining strong K-12 relationships to improve college readiness
  • Enhancing partnerships with community colleges
  • Providing multiple pathways to degrees
  • Improving affordability

At the same time, USM’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation is working with institutions within and outside the system to transform the traditional academic model to better meet students’ needs.

These efforts are paying off. A 2015 study of course redesign across USM revealed $5.7 million in cost savings. It also found that course redesign improved course passage rates for more than 10,000 students.