Undergraduate, Graduate & Professional Scholarships

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Investing in Bright Futures

We invest in students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees because it leads to bright futures for themselves, their families, and the communities where they live.

Whether students are preparing to enter their freshman year, are mid college career, or studying for medical school, we offer more than 80 scholarships and interest-free loans designed to help students focus on what’s important… classes, not tuition!

Our application for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees is open January 1 through April 1 each year.

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now closed.


What makes our scholarships unique?

Undergraduate Scholarships

  • The average scholarship award is $4,000
  • Most annual scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000
  • Complete one application to be considered for multiple awards
  • Recipients qualify for: emergency funds, award displacement review, and student-loan pay down awards
  • Maryland residents may attend any accredited college

Graduate and Professional Scholarships

  • Central Scholarship is one of the few sources of funding for graduate students pursuing degrees in education and social work, which in turn directly benefits the community
  • Central Scholarship also funds professional degrees, such as medical and law
  • Students can apply each year they are enrolled

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a scholarship or interest-free loan for undergraduate, graduate, or professional degrees, a student must:

  • Be a Maryland resident
  • Have a GPA of 2.8 or higher to be competitive
  • Plan to attend an accredited college, university, or community college, in the upcoming academic year
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a family income of $90,000 or less

Applications

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Central Scholarship no longer offers paper applications. If internet access is a challenge for you, your school or your local library should be able to help.

That’s OK. Just enter your first choice for now. You’ll be able to log back in and change it at any time before the March 16th deadline. If you change schools after the deadline, just e-mail us to let us know.

If you’re selected as a semi-finalist, we’ll contact you by e-mail and ask you to submit a few additional documents, like transcripts, family tax returns, and cost of attendance and financial aid information of your school. Then, if you’re selected as a finalist, we may ask you to come to our offices for an interview. Final awards are also announced by e-mail.

We award over $1 million in scholarships and interest free loans every year. The exact number of scholarships available varies from year to year.

Some of our scholarships have specific criteria, such as a GPA level or major, and others are more general. We are looking for students who demonstrate that they are a unique person who will be worthy of the award. The members of the selection committees need to sense that you have something valuable to offer that will be enhanced by support of your college education.

Because we have never met you, taking the time to write a thoughtful, cohesive essay can be a big boost to your scholarship chances. This is an opportunity to showcase your talents and goals, so in addition to providing specific examples, like having collected canned goods for the homeless or becoming the valedictorian, tell us why you decided to do something and what it meant to you.

We really want recipients to be participants, not observers. Students who are responsive, who answer e-mails and phone calls and come to Central Scholarship events, always stand out. We also look for students to demonstrate growth, whether by success in their academic work or by giving back, in some way, to individuals or to the larger community.

  • The biggest mistake is not completing the application. Every year, we get partial applications from students who would be excellent candidates that we cannot consider because their application is incomplete.
  • Another common mistake is inaccurate applications. Check your application for accuracy before you submit it. Imagine missing the message notifying you that you won a scholarship because you forgot to put .com on your e-mail address!
  • Not reading questions and instructions carefully. Our awards are based on the program you will be enrolled in for the current academic year, but every year we have undergraduate freshmen tell us they’re pursuing a master’s degree because they hope to attend graduate school in four years—and they can end up missing out on opportunities because of it.

If you are unable to submit your application or supporting materials by the deadline due to technical problems, please contact us at [email protected]

Central Scholarship only accepts applications submitted online.  Please note that the link to the online application is open between January 1 and March 16 every year for undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Career training scholarships are open all year.


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