Central Scholarship’s support of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and career training recipients doesn’t stop at the initial scholarship or interest-free loan. We design programs to help our students overcome a variety of financial obstacles that occur during their pursuit of higher education.
Current Programs for Scholarship Recipients
Central Scholarship’s Emergency Funding program aims to help with financial barriers that could prevent students from completing their undergraduate, graduate, professional, or career training studies. The program is open to all Central Scholarship recipients and provides grants up to $1,000 for recipients who have encountered financial hardship due to an emergency, accident, or other unexpected incidents. Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid.
Central Scholarship offers Persistence Grants to its students each semester to help cover modest financial shortfalls affecting the students’ ability to pay their cost of attendance, which in turn prevents them from stopping their studies or dropping out. Applicants must have a modest balance owed to their college or university which would prevent them from enrolling in the next semester if not paid off and must be in good standing with Central Scholarship. Persistence Grants may not exceed $1,000 for each individual request. Students should apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid.
Past Programs for Scholarship Recipients
Student Loan Pay-Down Program
The Student Loan Pay-Down program ran from 2015-2019 and was presented at our annual Student Awards Ceremony. Each year, we made a promise to one lucky student to pay off up to $30,000 of their undergraduate student loan debt. We are so proud to have lifted the huge burden of debt for five students and empower them to make different choices for their life after college.
Frequently Asked Questions
First, you need to tell us where to send your checks! You should receive an email with instructions on how to do so by mid-August. We then send your award in two equal halves – one in the Fall Semester, and one in the Spring Semester – directly to your College or University. The checks are written to both the student and their school, so your school should call you in to sign the back of your check when it arrives.
Your Fall semester grades must be submitted through our online portal before we can issue the second half of your award. You will receive an email around the start of the new year requesting your grades, with a link to submit them included.
We do our best to combine your total award (scholarships + loans) into two checks; one that gets sent for the Fall Semester, and one that gets sent in the Spring Semester. If your school requires that loan and scholarship funds be sent separately, there is a space to indicate that on your check address form.
We always communicate by email, and we use whichever email address you included in your initial application. Don’t forget to check that address often so that you don’t miss anything!
While the Student Award Ceremony is not required in order to receive an award, your attendance is highly encouraged. If you cannot attend for a valid reason, you can email [email protected] or call 410-415-5558 to let staff know.