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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings Enlists CS

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings Enlists CS

Posted: 12.18.13

Congressman Elijah Cummings‘ annual How to Pay for College Seminar

Central Scholarship Program Manager Jennifer Bauer offered free scholarship advice to students and parents last week at Congressman Cummings‘ 17th annual How to Pay for College SeminarThe event brought together college-bound high school seniors, parents, and current college students with financial aid and higher education experts to provide information about opportunities and financial assistance programs that give current and perspective students the ability to attain a college education.  In addition to Jennifer, others on the education expert panel included Dr. James Copeland (U.S. Department of Education), Benee Edwards (MHEC), April Bell (College Board), Troy Quinn (Morgan State University) and Julie Knox-Brown (Howard Community College).

We are gearing up to offer another free student event in January – our annual College Cash seminar.  Mark your calendar for this free event taking place in two locations this year.  On January 28, 2013, join us at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore City to hear about how to find a scholarship and tips for applying.  On January 30, 2013, Central Scholarship will be offering the same free seminar at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center.  Our scholarship and financial aid experts will present and be on hand to answer questions for students and parents.  Stay tuned for event registration information next week.

Susan Silberman Wins Unsung Hero Award

Posted: 12.11.13

Board Member Susan Silberman receives the Association of Fundraising Professionals Unsung Hero Award

Last month, Board Member Susan Silberman received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Unsung Hero Award.  The Unsung Hero Award recognizes the quiet contributions volunteers make to non-profit organizations. Susan was recognized at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon on November 6, 2013. Susan is an extraordinary volunteer and we are grateful to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic board member at Central Scholarship.

If you are interested in helping Central Scholarship move our mission forward, please make a donation.  We could not do what we do if it were not for our generous donors and volunteers.

2013 Student Awards

Posted: 09.24.13

James Lewis (left) and Joe Mechlinski (right) at the 2013 Student Awards Ceremony

It’s been a busy summer at Central Scholarship.  We awarded over $1 million in need-based scholarships.  Two hundred students and donors gathered at the Cylburn Arboretum in July to connect and celebrate a new season of scholarships.  We were honored to have Joe Mechlinski speak to the crowd about his success.  A Baltimore native, Mechlinski (pictured on the right) overcame many obstacles in his life in order to become an author and CEO of Entrequest.  You can learn more about Joe, his business, and his New York Times bestselling book here.  James Lewis (pictured on the left) also spoke about how receiving numerous scholarships from CS helped him earn his degrees and begin his career.  We welcomed James Lewis onto our Board of Directors in September — continuing many of our scholarship recipients’ legacies of giving back after graduation.  Another former scholarship recipient, Katlin Meissinger, spoke about graduating from the University of Maryland and the impact she hopes to make in the world.

College Cash Scholarship Winners, Kadeem Khan (left) and Ijeoma Uzohu (right) at the 2013 Student Awards CeremonyWe surprised two students — Ijeoma Uzohu and Kadeem Khan — with College Cash scholarships.  Ijeoma and Kadeem participated in our College Cash financial literacy series and wrote essays identifying ways that financial literacy would help them in the future and offering up ideas for future College Cash seminars.   At our College Cash seminar, Deanne Loonin spoke about students’ right to log into the NSLDS website and check their loan types and amounts.  Ijeoma writes, “I attended four different colleges and have taken out different school loans.  Prior to this seminar, I was not sure of the kind of loans I had.  After the seminar, I logged onto the website and was able to figure out the types of loans I have and now I am working on consolidating my loans.  One might think that students should be aware of this information but in reality, many students are uninformed.”Central Scholarship recipients at the 2013 Student Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of the 2013 scholarship recipients!  Our students’ stories continue to inspire us.  We are so thankful to award over $1 million in scholarships to yet another deserving group of hard-working students.  It is because of the generous donations we receive from our donors that we are able to do the work that we do.  Thank you!

 

Grant Recipient Cited in Obama’s Morehouse Address

Posted: 05.20.13

Central Scholarship tuition support recipient and Morehouse College graduate Leland Shelton
May 20, 2013, Baltimore MD – A recipient of tuition support from Central Scholarship,  Baltimore’s Leland Shelton, graduated from Morehouse College Sunday with Phi Beta Kappa honors and is about to begin studies at Harvard School of Law.  In this video, Leland talks about the impact Central Scholarship had on his educational dreams.

In a commencement address to Morehouse graduates, President Obama cited the difficulties of young black men growing up and singled out the accomplishments of  Leland Shelton, whose childhood included separation from his mother at the age of 4 and multiple years in foster care.  The President encouraged graduates “to extend a hand to others less privileged” and reflected on his own challenging journey as a young man with an absent father who benefitted from the support of others.  Through the generosity of the Stanley and Evelyn Wagner Scholarship Fund, Central Scholarship provided $40,000 to support Leland throughout his four-year program at Morehouse.

“We’re incredibly proud of Leland,” said CS President Jan Wagner, “and all of our board and staff celebrate his achievements.  Leland is an amazing young man and represents all that is possible for youth in Baltimore.”

Leland, who was president of his class at City College, served as president of the NAACP Chapter on campus, and was active as a National Advocate for Children through the National Foster Care Center.

Since 1924, Central Scholarship has provided financial aid to low-income Maryland students who may receive up to $10,000 a year for undergraduate and professional degrees as well as career training programs.  In recent years, CS has committed over $1 million annually.

For more information about Central Scholarship support of low-income students, and its role in Leland’s journey from Baltimore to Harvard, contact Jan Wagner, CS President, at [email protected] at  410-415-5558.


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Central Scholarship presents 4th annual College Cash

Posted: 01.08.13

CENTRAL SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTS 4TH ANNUAL COLLEGE CASH

The evening event, sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, is

aimed helping high school and college students find money for school. College Cash 101 logo

Baltimore, MD – January 7, 2013 – Central Scholarship presents its fourth annual College Cash event sponsored by BB&T, Howard County General Hospital, and SECU. The financial literacy event is intended to help high school and college students figure out the complex world of paying for college.  Central Scholarship elected to host these events after years of working with students who were struggling to navigate the complex world of paying for higher education.

Central Scholarship will be hosting two sessions, one in Baltimore City and one in Howard County. The sessions will be specifically focused on helping students find ways to pay for college featuring guest speaker Joseph Lorrick, author of DEBT (Did Everything But Think).

Attendees will have the opportunity to win scholarships valued up to $1,250. Scholarship funding provided by Howard County General Hospital. 

The event will be open to the public, but registration is required and space is limited. Attendees can register for the Baltimore event here and for the Howard County event here.

 Session #1

When: January 15, 2012, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Where: University of Baltimore School of Law, Moot Court Room
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Session #2

When: January 31st, 2012, 5:30pm- 8:00pm

Where: Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive #100
Columbia, MD 21044

This will be a great event for students and parents who are wondering how they can afford college. The session will be interactive and informative and attendees will walk away with a better understanding where they can find money for school. For more information please call 410-415-5558.

 About Central Scholarship:

Central Scholarship enables students to pursue education or training after high school through scholarship opportunities and interest-free loans that fund the gap after all other financial aid has been awarded. Established in 1924 and with more than $1 million in scholarships awarded annually, Central Scholarship screens student applications against dozens of scholarship opportunities according to criteria established by its donors. With a deep connection to its students and the local community, Central Scholarship’s uniqueness is in its approach: investing in the future of students, their families and the neighborhoods in which they live.

ABOUT SECU:

Founded in Baltimore in 1951, SECU is the largest state-chartered financial cooperative in Maryland, with over 225,000 members. SECU is ranked among the top 47 credit unions for total assets in the U.S. As of October, 2012, assets were $2.6 billion. Headquartered in Linthicum, MD, SECU has 21 branches and 104 ATMs throughout Maryland. SECU also provides access to over 68,000 surcharge-free ATMs through the CO-OP and Allpoint networks. For more information about SECU, visit secumd.org.

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PRESS CONTACT

Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant

Development Director

Office: 410-415-5558

Cell: 443-812-1655

[email protected]

www.central-scholarship.org

Central Scholarship’s President Graduates from Leadership Maryland – Class of 2012

Posted: 12.19.12

Central Scholarship President Jan Wagner
December 19, 2012
– Jan Moylan Wagner, president, Central Scholarship in Baltimore recently completed an eight-month long leadership development program presented by Leadership Maryland.

Leadership Maryland, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, honored this Easton resident and her statewide classmates at a black-tie reception and dinner held December 4, 2012 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.

Leadership Maryland, an independent, educational leadership development organization, informs top level executives from the public and private sectors about the critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the State of Maryland, and its regions.  After participating in a broad range of experiences, these statewide leaders are prepared to address these issues and serve as important participants in the unified effort to shape Maryland’s future.

“To be informed about statewide and regional issues, and having the opportunity to engage and interact with leaders who put themselves on the front line every day, has prepared these individuals to be the catalyst for positive change in Maryland,” stated Leadership Maryland Board Chairman Ralph W. Emerson, Jr.  A 2003 graduate of the program, Mr. Emerson is senior vice president of M&T Bank in Baltimore.

“These are the leaders to watch, now, and in the future,” said Leadership Maryland president and CEO Nancy Minieri.  “Their experience confirms that the quality of leadership affects the success of the solutions.  Problems are solved when committed, dynamic and informed leaders, with vision and passion, are willing to take the risk to lead.”

 Central Scholarship enables students to pursue education or training after high school through scholarship opportunities and interest-free loans that fund the gap after all other financial aid has been awarded.  Established in 1924 and with over $1 million in scholarships awarded annually, we screen student applications against dozens of scholarship opportunities according to criteria established by our donors.  With a deep connection to our students and the local community, our uniqueness is in our approach:  we are investing in the future of our students, their families and the neighborhoods in which they live.

For information on Leadership Maryland, please visit www.leadershipmd.org

Central Scholarship Elects Vic Broccolino to Board of Directors

Posted: 09.20.12

Central Scholarship Elects New Board Member

Victor Broccolino joins Central Scholarship’s Board of Directors

Baltimore, MD (September 18, 2012)- Central Scholarship has elected Victor Broccolino to its Board of Directors. Mr. Broccolino will join fellow business leaders, community members, and educational advocates on the board.

Mr. Broccolino is the President and CEO of Howard County General Hospital, A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Mr. Broccolino has spent most of his professional life in healthcare and has been president of Howard County General Hospital for more than 20 years. He has more than 40 years of experience in hospital administration. Before becoming president and CEO of Howard County General Hospital in 1990, he was CEO of Baltimore’s Bon Secours Health Corp. Inc., and operator of the city’s Bon Secours Hospital, where he began his service as controller in 1972. Before assuming the controller’s position at Bon Secours, Mr. Broccolino had served in that capacity at Baltimore’s Franklin Square Hospital, where he first worked as an assistant controller beginning in 1966.

Mr. Broccolino has long been a supporter of Central Scholarship. He established a named fund at Central Scholarship for Howard County General Hospital in the early 2000s and has been a champion for the mission of Central Scholarship ever since.  In 2011, he served as a panelist for Central Scholarship’s College Cash program, as a representative for the healthcare industry, sharing with students the qualities he looks for when hiring.

“We are thrilled to have Vic join our board. We’ve appreciated his commitment to Central Scholarship over the years and we look forward to working with him in this new role,” says Jan Wagner, President, Central Scholarship. “Coming from the healthcare industry, Vic represents a large segment of our students. His expertise in this industry will help us to improve the way we serve these students.”

 Central Scholarship enables students to pursue education or training after high school through scholarship opportunities and interest-free loans that fund the gap after all other financial aid has been awarded.  Established in 1924 and with over $1 million in scholarships awarded annually, we screen student applications against dozens of scholarship opportunities according to criteria established by our donors.  With a deep connection to our students and the local community, our uniqueness is in our approach:  we are investing in the future of our students, their families and the neighborhoods in which they live.

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Central Scholarship Elects Rodolfo Beltran to Board of Directors

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 Central Scholarship Elects New Board Member

Rodolfo Beltran joins Central Scholarship’s Board of Directors

Baltimore, MD (September 18, 2012) – Central Scholarship (CS) has elected Rodolfo Beltran to its Board of Directors. Mr. Beltran will join fellow business leaders, community members, and education advocates to advance the mission of Central Scholarship in making postsecondary education affordable for low-income students.

Rodolfo Beltran is currently a Loan Administration Manager at Wells Fargo.  Mr. Beltran has comprehensive experience in developing, coaching and leading world-class customer service teams in fast paced, high-volume environments. Mr. Beltran will be a great asset to Central Scholarship in building the pipeline of bilingual students for the Leonard and Helen Stulman Charitable Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship, one of 40 programs offered by CS, is for graduate education targeted at Spanish-speaking college graduates pursuing graduate studies in the mental health profession.

In addition, Wells Fargo has supported Central Scholarship for several years with grants for vocational training.  Wells Fargo has also supported Central Scholarship’s College Cash program as a sponsor since 2011.

“Rodolfo will be a wonderful asset to our organization as we continue to grow the Stulman Scholarship program,” says Jan Wagner, President, Central Scholarship. “In addition, his business background will be a great complement to the other esteemed members of our board. I can only imagine that his support will help us as we grow and better define how we can help students in Maryland.”

Central Scholarship enables students to pursue education or training after high school through scholarship opportunities and interest-free loans that fund the gap after all other financial aid has been awarded.  Established in 1924 and with over $1 million in scholarships awarded annually, we screen student applications against dozens of scholarship opportunities according to criteria established by our donors.  With a deep connection to our students and the local community, our uniqueness is in our approach:  we are investing in the future of our students, their families and the neighborhoods in which they live.

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Contact: Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant

Development Director

Central Scholarship Bureau

410.415.5558 X 124

[email protected]

Central Scholarship hosts annual Student Awards Ceremony

Posted: 07.05.12

CENTRAL SCHOLARSHIP HOSTS ANNUAL STUDENT AWARDS CEREMONY- COMMITS OVER $1 MILLION  TO LOW-INCOME STUDENTS IN MARYLAND

 Central Scholarship’s event will focus on teacher excellence and feature Maryland Teacher of the Year Joshua Parker as a guest speaker.

Baltimore, Md. – July 3, 2012 – Central Scholarship will host its annual Student Awards Ceremony on July 12th, 2012. The evening event will honor the 2012 award recipients, announce new scholarship funds, award the final MONEY® Magazine Scholarship for student financial literacy and honor teacher excellence in Maryland. This will be the fourth consecutive year that Central Scholarship has committed over $1 million in scholarships and interest-free loans to low-income students throughout the State of Maryland.

Central Scholarship has funded dozens of teachers pursuing graduate degrees in education through two endowed scholarships. These donors recognize the importance of excellent classroom teachers in schools and aim to help students further their education so that they can make a bigger impact on the students they teach. By funding these teachers, Central Scholarship is raising the skill level of teachers in Maryland; these funds not only support these teachers, but the hundreds of students that they will go on to educate throughout their careers. The special guest speaker at this year’s event will be Joshua Parker, 2011-2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year.

Event Details: 

When:                  July 12, 2012, 5pm-7pm. Program begins at 6pm.

Where:                The Cylburn Arboretum

                              4915 Greenspring Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21209

Opportunities:   Interviews and photos with student recipients, donors, and Central Scholarship staff. Photos of the MONEY® Magazine Scholarship winner with a $5,000 check.

 About Central Scholarship

Central Scholarship enables students to pursue education or training after high school through scholarship opportunities and interest-free loans that fund the gap after all other financial aid has been awarded. Established in 1924 and with more than $1 million in scholarships awarded annually, Central Scholarship screens student applications against dozens of scholarship opportunities according to criteria established by its donors. With a deep connection to its students and the local community, Central Scholarship’s uniqueness is in its approach: investing in the future of students, their families and the neighborhoods in which they live.

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PRESS CONTACT

Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant, Development Director

Office: 410-415-5558

Cell: 443-812-1655

[email protected]

Central Scholarship to issue final $5,000 MONEY® Magazine Scholarship

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   CENTRAL SCHOLARSHIP TO ISSUE $5,000 MONEY® MAGAZINE  SCHOLARSHIP AT ANNUAL STUDENT AWARDS LUNCHEON

Central Scholarship and MONEY® Magazine partner on issue of financial literacy for students

Baltimore, Md. – July 5, 2012 – Central Scholarship and MONEY® Magazine will award the final MONEY® Magazine scholarship at Central Scholarship’s annual Student Awards Ceremony. Scholarship winners were selected from attendees at Central Scholarship’s College Cash event in March. To be considered, students had to write an essay regarding what they learned about financial literacy as well as strategies for improving future financial literacy programs.

Central Scholarship launched their first financial literacy program in 2010 after recognizing that many of their students lacked knowledge about basic financial principals. The College Cash event was aimed at helping students to have better control of their financial situations, from paying for college, to basic budgeting, to dealing with student loan repayment.

Central Scholarship and MONEY® Magazine partnered to give four scholarship awards to attendees that wrote essays detailing their experience at the event and what they felt they need to know about financial literacy. The essays provided Central Scholarship with a great deal of information about students and what students felt they were lacking regarding financial know-how. The first scholarship winner won a $500 scholarship, the second a $1,000 scholarship, the third a $1,500 award, and the final scholarship winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

“Our College Cash event was such a great opportunity for students to hear from financial experts and to be empowered by what they learned,” says Jan Wagner, President, Central Scholarship, “The student essays helped us to get a better understanding of what students feel they are missing when it comes to understanding money.”

The final, $5,000 scholarship will be awarded at Central Scholarship’s Student Awards Ceremony on July 12, 2012. The winner will be presented with a check at the event. For more information regarding the event, please contact Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant at 410-415-5558, 443-812-1655, or [email protected]. 

About Central Scholarship

Central Scholarship enables students to pursue education or training after high school through scholarship opportunities and interest-free loans that fund the gap after all other financial aid has been awarded. Established in 1924 and with more than $1 million in scholarships awarded annually, Central Scholarship screens student applications against dozens of scholarship opportunities according to criteria established by its donors. With a deep connection to its students and the local community, Central Scholarship’s uniqueness is in its approach: investing in the future of students, their families and the neighborhoods in which they live.

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PRESS CONTACT

Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant, Development Director

Office: 410-415-5558

Cell: 443-812-1655

[email protected]