Snider Enterprise and Leadership Fellows (SELF)

Due to COVID-19 and uncertainties with summer 2020 planning, we have extended the priority deadline to April 17 and the new notification date will be April 24. We will notify families of program cancellations and provide full refunds in the event we must cancel the program.

July 19-31, 2020


Priority admissions deadline and best consideration for scholarships — April 17, 2020.
Early admission decisions — April 24, 2020.
Applications received after April 17, 2020, will be considered on a rolling basis.

“My favorite part about SELF was being able to experience what college life is like for a UMD student.” — Gabriela Winter (SELF alum)

Learn about leadership, teamwork, innovation and entrepreneurship at SELF, a summer program for high school juniors and seniors.

SELF Fellows

SELF fellows

  • Live on the University of Maryland campus for two weeks where they experience college life on a vibrant campus.
  • Learn from top business leaders, professors and other students.
  • Experience innovation firsthand during visits to 3M and the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Test creative ideas and receive feedback from industry experts.
  • Gain a competitive edge by solving real-world problems under the guidance of industry leaders.
  • Network with current and future thought leaders

SELF is a popular and unique summer program that accepts applications from innovative and motivated high school students from across the country and across disciplines.

“I quickly learned that succeeding in business is as much about knowing yourself as it is about knowing your discipline.” — Kavon (SELF alum)

SELF fellowsSELF fellows spend two weeks living on the University of Maryland campus attending workshops and classes taught by top faculty at the Smith School of Business. They proactively apply what they learn to real-world problems while gaining a better understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset.

Fellows are introduced to a life philosophy rooted in self-reliance and self-discovery. They participate in co-curricular activities such as company site visits and on/off-campus excursions throughout the National Capital Region. The program culminates in a team-based competition where fellows get hands-on experience pitching ideas to industry professionals.

SELF fellowsFellows learn the value of business in society as they develop enterprise and leadership skills that enable personal happiness and upward mobility. All while forging friendships that will last through and beyond college.

“The value of SELF doesn’t end after the summer is over.” — Sarah Lodder (SELF alum)

"This is the time to discover the “why” of your life and learn the mindsets and tools that will create deep personal fulfillment and self-confidence. That’s the best preparation for success in any career!" — Rajshree Agarwal, Director, Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets

SELF is founded and presented by the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets

Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets