Who We Are
We are a program that is student led, student based, and student driven.
The Minority Scholars Program is a student led, student based, and student driven program, aimed at closing the opportunity gap.
MSP has five key aims:
* Improving academic achievement
* Raising student voice
* Developing leaders
* Enhancing cultural capital and sense of belonging
* Reaching out to our community.
Initiatives employed throughout members school programs include: community outreach, peer to peer tutoring/mentoring programs, college visits, and a speaker series.
These aims and initiatives, and all other MSP efforts, are aimed at positively changing the various school cultures such that success and achievement are no longer predictable by race, class, ethnicity and/or gender.
It all started at Walter Johnson High School in Montgomery County, Maryland in 2005, as an effort to address the lack of minority students in rigorous classes and extracurricular activities. Mr. Michael Williams, Ms. Esther Adams, Dr. Chris Garran and Dr. Edgar Malker assembled a group of African American and Latino students to discuss the various issues. The students embraced the challenge, created a mission and began building the MSP movement. In 2008, MSP expanded to Clarksburg High School. Two years later, Wootton and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School joined the movement. There are now 25 high schools and 22 middle schools that have MSP programs, making it the fastest growing youth movement in Montgomery County.