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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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  • Meet Nikki McNeil – March 2017 Scholar of the Month Posted 02.08.17

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    Nikki McNeil is just months away from completing a Master’s program in Social Work at University of Maryland, Baltimore after receiving scholarship assistance from Central Scholarship. Since 2015, Nikki has paired her ongoing education with firsthand work experience throughout Baltimore and in Chile. In her current internship at the Southeast Community Development Corporation, she is working as a community organizer…

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  • College Cash 1/11/17 Posted 12.05.16

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    Registration for “Finding Money for College” is OPEN   Join us for a free seminar on January 11, 2017 at the University of Baltimore on how to find and apply for scholarships, compare financial aid letters, reduce tuition cost, maximize federal, state, and private aid, and how to write an application essay. Attendees will be exclusively eligible for up to $2,000 in…

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  • Peggy, Harpist Posted 10.26.16

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    Peggy Houng has been playing instruments from the time she was in kindergarten. She matriculated with a dual Bachelor’s in Cognitive Science and Harp Performance from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 and continued on to Indiana University where she is in the second year of a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance. Peggy has had the opportunity to travel…

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  • Shanna, Nurse & Advocate Posted 09.15.16

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    Shanna Dell is close to finishing her Master’s in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For three years, she has worked as a nurse case manager at a clinic in East Baltimore in order to supplement tuition costs. She hopes to use her Master’s degree to prevent the spread of infection, decrease complications from chronic disease,…

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  • Congrats, Keia Posted 08.15.16

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    Congratulations to August’s Grand Prize College Cash® winner, Keia McDaniel. Keia attended the “Finding Money for College” session in the winter at the University of Baltimore. As the first in her family to attend college, Keia is determined to move forward with her dream of a degree despite financial obstacles. She sought out “Finding Money for College” as a tool to help her…

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  • ‘Parent’s Guide to Finding and Funding College’ Aug 31 Posted 08.12.16

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    Central Scholarship will host a free and open to the community College Cash® seminar for parents of high school students on August 31st.  Please join us at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve for a seminar about navigating the college search and how financial aid works. Whether parents attended college or not, they want to help their children get into great schools and afford higher…

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  • Congrats, Devon & Victoria Posted 07.18.16

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    Congratulations to July’s College Cash® winners, Devon Campbell (photo left) and Victoria Ekeanyanwu (photo below). Devon attended the “Finding Money for College” session where he learned about the vast world of scholarship opportunities available to him. He writes, “After reviewing what I had learned, I felt like I won the lottery.” Devon’s newfound knowledge helps him pay for Morgan State University, where he is studying electrical…

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