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The Maryland Public Service Scholars Program

The Maryland Public Service Scholars Program (MPSS) is a PAID Fellowship Program administered through the Shriver Center at UMBC.

The Shriver Center at UMBC coordinates several Public Service Scholars Fellowship Programs on behalf of the state of Maryland. These Fellowships provide students across Maryland the opportunity to develop as future leaders in Maryland’s public and social sectors.

Explore our website to learn more about the MPSS Program and Apply!


The Maryland Public Service Scholars Programs video on Youtube.


Public Service Scholar Recruitment Video from The Shriver Center at UMBC on Vimeo.




Public Service Scholars programs are comprised of 5 components:

[Experience] Fellows are placed at a nonprofit organization or government agency and work full-time under the mentorship of a senior-level professional

[Exploration] Fellows attend an orientation and frequent seminars to strengthen their understanding of the sector in which they are placed

[Exposure] Fellows attend field trips, meetings, and networking events, and are given opportunities to connect with Maryland’s leaders

[Equity] Fellows engage in a series of multi-step reflection process which explores their own relationship to social justice and equity

[Practice] Fellows work together in groups to put their knowledge and skills into practice and present their projects to stakeholders