High School Programs

Smith is committed to helping local students explore their interest in pursuing a career in business, and learn more about life at the University of Maryland.

If you’re a talented high school student with seeking hands-on experience with business education, please explore our high school programs and find a program that fits for you! Keep in mind some of the programs are in conjunction with area high schools and are offered only once a year.

Students at the case competition

Prince George’s High School Case Competition

Each year, the Smith undergraduate program partners with the Omega Theta chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity to sponsor a case competition compromised of students from our local Prince George’s County high schools. This is an invitation-only event, and we look forward to hosting more talented students in Spring 2022.

For more information about the Prince George’s High School Case Competition, please contact Jeanette Snider at jcsnider@umd.edu.

Future Women in Business Conference

Save the date for the 8th Annual Future Women in Business Conference in November 2021.

For more information please email Melanie Ashton at fwib@umd.edu.

Over 300 high school women joined us for a day of empowerment for the 2019 conference held last November!

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Summer Programs

Smith's summer business programs are living-learning, immersive experiences aimed to enhance students’ understanding of business, create global awareness on pertinent topics and develop leadership skills.

Smith Sports and Entertainment Business Program (SEBP)

Tentative dates: July 10-22, 2022

2022 Interest form

You do not need to be an athlete or performer to have a great career in sports and entertainment. The Smith Sports and Entertainment Business Program (SEBP) is a two-week living-learning program providing rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders an overview of careers in the sports and entertainment industries.

Students will learn first-hand from career professionals in interactive sessions designed to teach topics such as management, law, negotiation, personal branding, and leadership as it relates to the sports and entertainment industries. SEBP students develop lifelong relationships with fellow participants, undergraduate student mentors, faculty and staff fostering a strong foundation for their future.

For questions, please contact Ebony Fullwood, administrative director, efullwoo@umd.edu.

Sample Schedule

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Students at a SELF event

SEBP gave me a lot of insight into what I want to do with my life; before, I was going a different route, like computer science. The program gets you to consider a bunch of fields and careers that you wouldn’t have otherwise, and it definitely helped a lot of us. I found out that I’m really passionate about business and the sports industry, and that guidance is really valuable.

Gabby Chiericoni 2019 Cohort

This program definitely exceeded my expectations! I thought it was going to be more strictly academic, but the classroom sessions were very interactive – more than just lectures – and that helped a lot. The teambuilding helped a lot too; from day one, after the ropes course, we were like one big family. We actually started a group chat with everyone in it, and I honestly don’t think it’ll die down any time soon!

Victorious Earth 2019 Cohort

K.J. Hughes, Faculty Director

K.J. Hughes ’14 & ’20, a veteran of the sports and entertainment industry, has served as the faculty director for the Smith Sports and Entertainment Business program since 2018.

Hughes is the founder and managing partner of Washington, D.C.-based Relentless Management Group, Adjunct Professor at the Smith School of Business and current Senior Advisor to the President of Washington Football Team.

His firm offers tax planning, budgeting, strategy, logistics and business management services exclusively for professional athletes, entertainers, and entrepreneurs. With over 15 years of industry experience, his colleagues have grown to include: record and movie industry executives, marketers, studio heads, sports agents, celebrity publicists, and world-renowned brands.

As a Hillman entrepreneur scholarship recipient, Hughes earned his associate degree with honors from Prince George’s Community College and his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Maryland Smith in 2014 and 2020 respectively. Hughes is active in both venture capital and nonprofit; serving as Venture Partner at Fox Venture and co-founder of Sons of Life Inc., a nonprofit that provides leadership, resources and mentoring to children of incarcerated parents.

Ebony Fullwood, Administrative Director

Ebony Fullwood relocated to Maryland in the fall of 2002 from Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her BA in public policy analysis from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MA in higher education administration from George Washington University. Before joining the staff at the University of Maryland at College Park, Fullwood was an academic advisor at the University of Maryland University College for three years, and for four years prior to that, she worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in various student services positions. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, spending time with family and friends, attending concerts, and watching college basketball games.

Application fee

$50 (non-refundable)

Program Fee

$625 (payment plans are available)

Eligibility

Current 9th, 10th, or 11th-grade students are eligible to participate in the program. Space is limited.

How to Apply

  • Click “Sign Up” and complete general information
  • Step 1:
    • Click “Select Program/Pay Fee”
    • Click “Register for New Session”
    • Select the box next to “2021 > SEBP Application”
    • Select “Continue” to complete your payment
    • Click “Register” to final step 1
  • Step 2: “Profile”
    • Click “Continue” to complete the “Profile” portion of your application
    • Complete ALL personal, parent/guardian and academic information as prompted 
    • Note: You will be asked to upload your unofficial transcript.
    • Click “Next Step”
  • Answer short essay questions:
    • What do you hope to learn at the Smith Sports and Entertainment Business Program (SEBP)?
    • What is your definition of leadership? Please provide one or two examples of how you have shown leadership either at school or in your community?
    • Name the sport and/or entertainment executive you would be most interested in learning from and why?

Limited need-based scholarships are available. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must apply by the priority deadline of April 28, 2021. For more information about the scholarship application, please email smithsummer@umd.edu.

Snider Enterprise and Leadership Fellows (SELF)

Learn about leadership, teamwork, innovation and entrepreneurship at SELF, a summer pre-college course for high school students.

Learn More: SELF Program

Questions? Contact Caitlin Stiffler, program coordinator, at cstiff@umd.edu.

SELF is founded and presented by the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets in collaboration with award-winning faculty from the Robert H. Smith School of Business and Terp Young Scholars.

My favorite part about SELF was being able to experience what college life is like for a UMD student

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