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Recruitment is finished for the AY24-25 Program. The application is closed.

Recruitment for the Academic Year 2022-2023 Will Open on March 1. Stay Tuned!

Could You Be a Southern Management Leader?

Southern Management Leadership Program students are determined, motivated, creative, and persistent and demonstrate the potential to become leaders and entrepreneurs in their fields and communities.
They also adhere to the program values that encourage ethics in every aspect of life and understand the importance of giving back to their communities through community service as well as support to the Southern Management Leadership Program and its future students.

They are also unique. They study a wide variety of subjects–including engineering, business, science, math, psychology, education, graphic design, and more. Some are traditional, college-aged students, while others have had years of life experience before joining the program. Some are raising families, while others are supporting parents who need them. Many are working part-time jobs and juggle many obligations, knowing that a college education will help them build a better future for themselves and their families. Does this sound like you? If so, keep reading about the requirements and the benefits for being in this rewarding program!

What are the Benefits?

Financial Benefits

  • 55% of all tuition and fees at Montgomery College and up to 50% at the University of Maryland.
  • Additional funds for books and required technology.
  • The opportunity to earn a one-time merit scholarship at Montgomery College.
  • Opportunities for paid internships and seed funds for business plans that have a positive impact on society

Academic and Professional Benefit

  • One-on-one advising and mentoring to support your academic and professional goals.
  • Entrepreneurial and leadership development through credit courses leading to a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation at the University of Maryland.
  • Opportunities to develop your professional network and pitch and launch your business.
  • Access to the Southern Management Leadership Program Centers at Montgomery College and University of Maryland — a professional and academic workspace.
  • Lifetime membership as a Southern Management Leadership Program entrepreneur with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs.


“Being part of the Southern Management Leadership Program has helped me grow a lot. I have learned how to share my ideas better and talk about them confidently. This new skill set has prepared me to contribute significantly in both academic and professional contexts.”     Maulika Masson, A.S., Biology, 2024

“SMLP is such an amazing program that has given me great opportunities. I learned how to expand my network and how I should present myself to businesses and jobs. I absolutely love the connections and friends I have made!” Monica Escalante, A.S., Engineering, 2024

“This is a terrific program with an endless number of benefits and opportunities. This program is a must if you’re planning on attending UMD.”    Chan Park, A.S., Computer Science, 2024


What are the Eligibility Requirements?

If you have an entrepreneurial mindset and an idea for a new product or business or a desire to make a difference in your community, we encourage you to join this unique program. In addition, intrapreneurs who show promise of becoming future leaders within existing organizations are also a strong fit for this program.
To be accepted into the Southern Management Leadership Program, you must:

  • Be on track to graduate with an associate’s degree from Montgomery College and with a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland at College Park within 3 years of program entry.
  • Be pursuing your first bachelor’s degree.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or a Dream Act student and a Maryland resident.
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 credits by Fall program entry, including one transferrable math course or be eligible to take a college-level math course in your first semester in the program.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (this is a combined GPA, including all MC courses and courses transferred from other institutions). Some majors will require a higher GPA for acceptance to the University of Maryland-College Park.
  • Be in a program of study that transfers to University of Maryland-College Park (pre-law is not eligible).
  • Be available for a daytime Southern Management Leadership Program credit course each semester. All courses are held on Friday afternoons.
  • Be committed to additional programmatic and team-building activities outside of class.
  • Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Could You Be a Southern Management Leader?

Recruitment for the new cohort will begin on March 1.

Recruitment is finished for the AY24-25 Program. The application is closed.

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