Central Scholarship held our annual meeting on September 12th. We were excited to host the meeting in our new Owings Mills office and celebrate the new space with our board, donors, and staff. We were honored to have Dr. Jon Oberg (pictured on the right in the photo along with new board member, James Lewis) speak to our guests about how schools are changing financial aid packages.
Dr. Oberg is a political scientist and a former university, state, and federal government higher education official. He has worked in the U.S. Senate and at the U.S. Department of Education. In 1997, he published the first research on institutional displacement of federal grants; in 2003 he discovered fraud in student loan programs; in 2007 he testified in the Senate for major reforms of federal grant and loan programs, many of which have since been adopted. He holds a masters degree from University of Nebraska and a doctorate from the Free University of Berlin. Dr. Oberg’s thoughts on higher ed can be found on his blog.
We also heard from Crystal Webb (pictured), a Straus scholarship award recipient at Central Scholarship. Crystal is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is an environmental science major and is passionate about creating sustainable spaces and preserving the environment for future generations. Crystal is on the Dean’s List and involved in outdoor clubs on campus.
It is always rewarding to recap our year at the annual meeting and look forward to what the next year holds. We hope to continue awarding over $1 million to a new group of students in the coming year and to continue believing that education is a right, not a privilege.