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Program Manager Spotlight: Angela Harrison

Angela Harrison

Program Manager Spotlight: Angela Harrison

Posted: 02.27.20

Specialty: Career Training Application Process

Since joining Central Scholarship in 2006, Angela Harrison has been an integral part of the career training application and award process. She spends most of her time reading grant applications and interviewing applicants who are hoping to receive a scholarship.

What does your day-to-day look like?

It changes a lot throughout the year, except for managing our career training application and award process. I spend several days every month reading grant applications, evaluating documents, and interviewing students. In the spring and summer, after the application deadline for degree-seeking students, that’s pretty much all I do, all the time! After the student awards ceremony in August, I’m focused on student records, making scholarship payments, and preparing for our yearly audit. We do a lot of our community outreach in the fall and winter, like college fairs and our College Cash presentations. That’s also the time when I’m preparing data reports for our board and donors and updating our application for the coming year.

What is your favorite aspect of your role?

Reading applications and doing student interviews, no question. So many amazing people apply for our funding. I’m lucky to get to spend time getting to know them.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Seeing our students go on to success and hearing their stories. That’s one reason I really enjoying working on our data reporting; it’s great to see those success stories translate into hard numbers over the years.

What careers have past recipients gone on to?

So many! We’ve funded teachers, social workers, engineers, computer programmers, doctors, nurses, truck drivers, lawyers, rabbis, therapists, writers, accountants, actors, professional musicians, and plumbers.

Thanks, Angie, for all your hard work and dedication!

Paying it Forward

Posted: 01.27.20

Freddy Freedman grew up in Baltimore, in a Jewish Orthodox home and he knew he wanted higher education in his future. He started looking at colleges in 10th grade. He now attends Salisbury University and is studying philosophy. “College is place for personal and professional growth. I’m thankful for Central Scholarship and I’d love to have a scholarship that I fund myself one day,” said Freddy.

 

Helping People Help People

Posted: 01.21.20

We are pleased to feature Jennifer Cook this month. She became a social worker because of her passion for helping others. In 2018, she was the winner of the Student Loan Pay Down which paid up to $30,000 of her student debt. Jennifer was expecting to pay her student loans for the rest of her life, but Central Scholarship relieved that pressure. “Central Scholarship is honestly a guardian angel. They believe that education is a right, not a privilege and that gives me a lot of hope. Knowing they are [here for students] makes me feel a lot less alone,” said Jennifer.

 

From Left: Nicole Tadzong, Ndeh Tadzong, Jill Kamenetz, and Fru Tadzong

Heritage and Home

Posted: 11.20.19

When Ndeh was young, his father would frequently ask him what he wanted to be when he grew up, and even though his answer would change from firefighter to architect to physician, he knew for sure that he wanted a profession that helped others.

At the age of ten, Ndeh Tadzong’s parents sent him to Cameroon Protestant College (C.P.C.) Bali, a boarding school in Cameroon, West Africa. It was a drastic change from his life in the US. But living with his schoolmates away from home allowed him to have deeper exposure to his cultural heritage, therefore helping him to understand himself better and thus the impact he wanted to have on the world.

In his fourth year of boarding school, Ndeh campaigned and was elected to the position of Assistant Health Prefect. He was a student assistant to the school nurse. If the nurse was not available, ailing students sought out Ndeh’s help for an array of health issues. He ran a basic health assessment, took students to the hospital if they needed to go, and brought them food.

“Cameroon Protestant College Bali taught me to be disciplined, independent, and responsible,” Tadzong said, “Discharging my duties as a Health Prefect confirmed to me that I wanted to become a physician. It was quite a privilege to help students get better.”

In 2017, Ndeh moved back to The States and finished out his junior and senior years at Randallstown High School. He knew he wanted to pursue engineering and medicine in college, so his guidance counselor told him about Central Scholarship.

We were so impressed with Ndeh’s application and story, we awarded him the Kevin Kamenetz Scholarship in August 2019. He entered UMBC in the fall and is expected to graduate in May 2023 with a degree in chemical engineering. We look forward to the positive impact he will make on the world!

From Philosophy to Public Health

Posted: 11.14.19

Kashay grew up in a community in Baltimore City where affordability of healthcare, health literacy, and access to consistent care prevented people from flourishing at home, work, and school. She didn’t recognize the disparity in access to healthcare until she began socializing with her peers who lived in more affluent areas and realized the differences between communities.

In 2015, Kashay heard about Central Scholarship from her high school college counselor. She received her first award in 2015 which helped with her undergraduate costs at Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore, where she graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and a minor in Biology. When she was accepted to graduate school, she decided to reapply for a Central Scholarship award to offset the cost of her degree. She is incredibly grateful for the support she has received from Central Scholarship and ecstatic to graduate from Johns Hopkins with a Master’s in Health Administration in 2021.

Kashay’s interest in pursuing a career in public health came from her background in philosophy. Aristotle introduced the notion of eudaimonia, or human flourishing. He argued that human actions are all based on our desire to flourish, which is the highest good attainable in life. She pondered the variety of circumstances people could find themselves in, which would prevent them from attaining eudaimonia. The health inequities she witnessed, growing up, was certainly a roadblock.

Her philosophy is that every individual has a right to flourish over their lifetime—a feat that cannot be accomplished without attaining and maintaining a certain threshold of health. Kashay has made it her mission to increase health care access and equitable delivery of health care services to encourage all human beings to flourish.

We continued to be inspired by the work she does and impressed by her diligence. Keep up the admirable work, Kashay!