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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Carol Oppenheim Posted 07.17.19

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    Between April and July Central Scholarship sifts through thousands of applications from some of the most hard-working Maryland students. It is a process we love and it involves a very thoughtful, fair, and balanced review. Most people don’t realize this huge undertaking is possible because of a committed group of volunteer application readers and interviewers. They read dozens if not…

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  • Internship Spotlight: David Boutin Posted 06.25.19

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    David Boutin is a Central Scholarship recipient who was selected as a BGE scholar in 2017. He is currently a rising senior at the University of Maryland College Park majoring in Electrical Engineering and double minoring in Technology Entrepreneurship and Computer Engineering. David is spending his summer in Houston, Texas at a summer internship at ExxonMobil’s Mount Belvieu Polyethylene Plant….

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  • 5 Ways to Excel in Your Summer Internship Posted 06.14.19

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    You have secured the summer internship; now it’s time to prep for it. It may be nerve-racking leading up to the start date, but no need to worry. Simply follow these tips and tricks and you will shine in your internship. 1. Familiarize yourself with the company. The first thing you should do before you start your internship is to…

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  • Sometimes All You Need is a Vote of Confidence Posted 05.23.19

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    Dr. Promise Olomo was the first Central Scholarship alumni to present at Bagels with Jerry, our quarterly meet-and-greet breakfast series, which took place on April 17, 2019. His story is as compelling as it is inspirational, and the attendees loved hearing about his path to personal and professional success. When Olomo came to the US from Nigeria, he struggled to…

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  • Why Tawanna chose to pursue career training Posted 05.07.19

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    Tawanna knew her next career move involved becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). This type of position cares for people who are ill or recovering from surgery or a disease and for Tawanna this was the perfect job.  Not everyone is cut out for this type of responsibility, but because she loves working with people and takes the golden rule…

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  • Bagels, Coffee, and Gratitude Posted 04.19.19

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      Central Scholarship is thrilled to introduce a quarterly meet-and-greet breakfast series,  Bagels with Jerry, hosted by Jerry Focas, Central Scholarship Board Chair and Jan Moylan Wagner, Central Scholarship President. The first gathering took place on April 17, 2019. The goal of Bagels with Jerry is to connect our donors with scholarship recipients who have been on the receiving end of…

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  • How Kiarra found a new path Posted 03.28.19

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    In high school, Kiarra was an honor roll student all four years with dreams of becoming a certified orthodontist. Growing up she witnessed people being turned down for things like braces because they couldn’t afford it and she started dreaming of opening up a practice that would give more people access to cosmetic dentistry. She originally started working on this…

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  • Dicheaker reminds us its never too late to pursue your goals! Posted 03.04.19

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    When Dicheaker was 37 years old she decided to go back to school. Every decision she makes is for her children to show them “regardless  of what you go through you can still push forward and become anything you want.”  She enrolled in a patient care technician program that set her up for a career working in settings such as…

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  • Honoring Margie Black Warres Posted 01.31.19

      On January 6, 2019, Margie Black Warres, Central Scholarship’s first-ever Executive Director, passed away at the age of 100. We were privileged to have her leadership between 1952-1988 and during those 36-years she led us through a changing, complicated world with moral conviction and principle. Her impact on Central Scholarship is immeasurable and as we search for the right…

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  • How wiping out the burden of student debt changed Raymond’s life Posted 01.25.19

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    Donate Today! Central Scholarship wipes out up to $30,000 of student debt for one student at our annual Student Awards Ceremony through the Student Loan Pay Down award. Raymond was our first recipient.  Hello, my name is Raymond. I am a former Central Scholarship Student Loan Pay Down award recipient. August 5, 2015, still gives me chills. I never won…

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  • How Central Scholarship is building partnerships to restrict scholarship award displacement Posted 01.16.19

    Let’s face it. Student financial aid is complicated and we all just want to figure out the best way to help students complete their higher education without crippling student debt. Years ago we got wind of a practice known as scholarship award  displacement. If you have never heard of that before, don’t worry, we hadn’t either. Here’s the definition: Scholarship…

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  • Why financial aid is confusing and how Central Scholarship can help Posted 01.02.19

    By Rachel Fishman, New America’s Deputy Director for Research, Higher Education Initiative The path to college is anything but straightforward. Not only do many students have to fill out admissions applications and include essays, test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, but they also have to apply for financial aid which can be an even more daunting process than college admissions….

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  • The Power of Scholarships Posted 11.19.18

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    High college costs and rising student debt can make it difficult to make the case for higher education today. Media stories no longer portray college as the great equalizer, but as a system exacerbating economic inequality through the burden of student debt.  When student loan debt inhibits college-goers from attaining life milestones—buying a home, starting a family, launching a business,…

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  • What Aaron’s words of advice can teach us about the value of failure Posted 11.01.18

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    Aaron grew up in Baltimore where he attended Baltimore School for the Arts and developed a love for the oboe. He was exposed to accomplished musicians who played some of the great classical pieces and it fed his goal of becoming a professional musician. Through constant practice, Aaron worked hard to perfect his art and performed in concerts playing pieces…

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  • How Sandra found her calling through the love of education Posted 10.15.18

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    Sandra exemplifies what it means to be a Central Scholarship scholar. Sandra was born in El Salvador in the midst of a civil war with little access to food and other living essentials. At a young age, she was taken in by her grandmother who filled the void of not having parents and became her protector, provider, and advocate. Sandra’s…

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  • Meet Alina Posted 09.06.18

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      Central Scholarship met Alina back in 2010 as she was aspiring to become a pharmacist. As of May 2018, we are proud to share she has graduated with a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy and is well on her way to achieving her goals. When you meet Alina it is hard not to…

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  • Meet Shannon – December 2017 Scholar of the Month Posted 12.07.17

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    Shannon Wu is pursuing a PhD in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Shannon is specializing in Informatics and Health Services Delivery and plans to graduate in May of 2019. Shannon was especially drawn to the Baltimore region due to the proximity to the policy arena in Washington, DC, as well as the opportunity to…

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  • Meet Richard – November 2017 Scholar of the Month Posted 11.10.17

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    Richard Whitfield is one of the newest commercial drivers in town! He was awarded a career and technology training scholarship from Central Scholarship to attend the North American Trade School in Baltimore, Maryland, a scholarship made possible from funding by The Abell Foundation. He now holds a “Class A” Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). He graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High…

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  • Meet Pablo Hernandez – June 2017 Scholar of the Month Posted 06.01.17

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    Pablo Hernandez is already fulfilling his dreams of working as a professional musician. Pablo (pictured, left with Eddie Palmieri, right) is a graduate student in his first year of a Master’s program in Music Performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he studies jazz trombone. Previously, he completed a Bachelor’s program at Towson University. In…

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  • Meet Christina Luthers – April 2017 Scholar of the Month Posted 04.06.17

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    Christina Luthers has begun an ambitious career in education, with support by Central Scholarship to reach her goals. Christina is in her first year of a Master’s program in Mathematics Education at Johns Hopkins School of Education, following her graduation from University of Maryland College Park with a double major in Family Science and Psychology. Christina is also in her…

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