Leadership Development Program (LDP)

​​Overview: The Maryland GEAR UP Leadership Development Program (LDP) supports the advance of leadership curricula, plans and activities designed to help students understand their core values, leadership skills, strengths, and goal-setting for future career plans. Moreover, students are encouraged to examine their interest and hone their leadership capacities by improving their communication and analytical skills.

Funded Activities: The GEAR UP Leadership Development Program supports Maryland’s GEAR UP goals and objectives to increase the number of economically disadvantaged students who intend to pursue postsecondary education. Funded activities are intended to provide summer enrichment, skill-building, and inclusive programming to secondary GEAR UP students, while educating students and their families about the advantage of postsecondary education and college financing options. Examples of fundable activities include but are not limited to:

  • Application Workshops;
  • Counseling, Advising, and Career Counseling;
  • Comprehensive Mentoring;
  • Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Workshops;
  • Project Leadership and Management;
  • Ideation, Innovation, and Brainstorming Sessions;
  • Communication Effectiveness Workshops;
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership and Diversity Workshops.

Eligibility: An accredited public or not for profit independent two- or four-year Institution of Higher Education (IHE) in partnership with Local Education Agency (LEA).

Service Regions: Maryland GEAR UP school districts: Baltimore City, Dorchester, and Wicomico counties.

Project Period: June 15, 2018 – August 15, 2019

Award Range: Up to $45,000 may be requested per institution. Four or more awards are anticipated.

Application Due Date: May 7, 2018, at 4:00 PM (electronic and paper submission)

Send application to:
Mr. Kendall E. Cook, GEAR UP Coordinator
Office of Outreach and Grants Management
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Email: kendall.cook@maryland.gov​
Phone: 410-767-7269

LDP RFP FY2018 (word)
LDP RFP FY2018 (pdf)
Budget Summary (excel)
Budget Summary​ (pdf) 


Plan of Operation Sample Table (word)
Plan of Operation Sample Table (pdf)
Cohort Baseline and Enrollment Data (word)
Cohort Baseline and Enrollment Data (pdf)
Time and Effort Report (word)
Time and Effort Report (pdf)
Interim Report (word)
Interim Report (pdf)
Final Report (word)
Final Report​ (pdf)
Assurances and Cooperative Planning Agreement (word)
Assurances and Cooperative Planning Agreement​​​ (pdf) ​

FY Project Abstracts

FY 2018​