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Internship Spotlight: David Boutin

David Boutin

Internship Spotlight: David Boutin

Posted: 06.25.19

David Boutin

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.

We were able to catch him amidst his busy schedule to ask a few questions about his summer internship.

Central Scholarship: How did you get connected to your internship?

David: I was able to get involved with ExxonMobil by going to the 2018 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineer (SHPE) National Convention in Cleveland, OH.  As the Vice President of UMD’s chapter, I was able to network with ExxonMobil employees and hiring managers at the career fair there who pushed me along further in the selection process. I was chosen for the internship because of my forward-thinking and interest in the biofuels and renewable energies that ExxonMobil is getting involved with.

CS: What will you be doing at ExxonMobil this summer? What does your work look like day-to-day?

David: This summer I am working as a Control Systems Intern at ExxonMobil’s Mount Belvieu Polyethylene Plant in Houston, Texas. My first project attacks their Road to 2020 initiative, which aims to upgrade all server and workstation equipment with new software and new hardware. By the end of the summer, I am projected to bring the site from 0% to 95% completion on this initiative. Another aspect of the ExxonMobil Houston Internship Program is the many social, professional, and service events in the Houston area that we are highly encouraged to attend throughout the summer. This maximizes the potential of what the interns can get out of the summer by allowing us to meet and network with as many of the full-time employees and 400 other interns in the Houston area as possible.

CS: What are some tips you could give students on how to land an internship?

David: My biggest tip for college students trying to find an internship is to attend events and workshops that the company you are interested in is hosting on your campus. You are incredibly more likely to make it to a further step in the hiring process if you make a real, personal connection to a recruiter or hiring manager and can follow-up with him or her.

CS: Anything you’d like to add?

David: Central Scholarship has changed my life in so many ways and I hope to one day be able to give back and fund a scholarship of my own with the organization while being an inspiration to those who also grew up in an underprivileged household. Becoming a recipient of the BGE Scholarship has enabled me to continue my education without the significant financial burden which plagued my freshman year of college. I hope to stay closely connected to Kayla, Nancy, and everyone involved with the BGE Scholars as I continue in my academic and professional career.

We appreciate your time and feedback, David! Good luck this summer. We know you’ll do an amazing job!

Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship recipient Stephanie Cerritos

Stephanie, Class of 2016

Posted: 03.29.16

Stephanie Cerritos is a senior at Loyola University of Maryland. As an honors student, Stephanie will graduate with her bachelor’s in biology in May of 2016. During the summer between her sophomore and junior year, Stephanie shadowed several physicians at a local hospital through the Stepping Stones program. As a native Spanish speaker, she found that she could connect with patients and help them feel comfortable during their hospital stays.

Stephanie writes, ”In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the physician I was shadowing allowed me to use the stethoscope to hear a baby’s soft and steady heartbeat. This small gesture reminded me just how fragile and vulnerable we are when we are sick. I want to be the helping hand that supports people during those difficult times.” Stephanie was awarded the Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship in 2015. This fund is set up to help students pursuing careers in the medical field. Recipients of the Chesapeake Urology Scholarship are selected based on demonstrated commitment to the medical field, financial need, and academic achievement.

Student holding a sign reading "Debt Free"

2 Weeks Left to Apply

Posted: 03.14.16

We have over $1 million dollars to award and the deadline to apply is in two weeks on April 1st. Central Scholarship began in 1924 by providing vocational training scholarships for orphaned Jewish men. We’ve since grown and now provide $1,000,000 annually to Maryland residents, without regard to gender, religion, race or ethnicity. Funding is available for graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students pursuing professional degrees. Don’t wait until the last minute and apply right now.

At our core, we are here to help the most under-served to give those students a chance at a better life. Applicants are considered for more than 40 scholarship programs upon submission of the 2016 General Application for Degree Seekers. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000 for graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Applicants may complete an optional section of the 2016 General Application for Degree Seekers to apply for an interest-free loan. Benefits of this program include: NO interest, NO fees, NO credit score cut offs, and a 10 year repayment plan (payments start small and increase in increments each year). The average loan offer is $4,000 and co-signers are required without exception for all applicants. This is a competitive program and funding is not guaranteed to all applicants. Applicants for the Interest-Free Loan Program must attend school full time.

Eligibility Criteria for Scholarship & Interest-Free Loan

  1. Maryland resident (or live within 200 miles of Baltimore City)
  2. US Citizen/Permanent Resident
  3. Enrolled in or planning to attend an accredited college/university
  4. Graduating high school senior OR Undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior OR 1st year, 2nd year, or 3rd year graduate student OR Professional student (J.D., D.D.S, etc.)
  5. Family income below $90,000
  6. 2.8 GPA or higher to be competitive


Click Here To Apply
. The deadline is April 1, 2016.

Spring College Cash Recap

Posted: 05.05.15

Students in attendance at College Cash Seminar
Central Scholarship’s College Cash series covers a range of topics including Finding Money for College, Managing Student Loans, and What Parents Need to Know. Our April seminars cover Managing Student Loans and are free and open to the public. Central Scholarship Vice President, Michele Waxman-Johnson, presented to a crowd of two hundred guests between the two evenings in April. Spring sessions on Managing Student Loans were held April 23rd at the University of Baltimore, and April 27th at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve.

To see April College Cash photos on our facebook page, take a look here. Students who attended are eligible for one of several College Cash scholarships. Winners will be announced on social media in the spring and summer. To read about previous College Cash recipients, check out 2014 winners, Brett, Jyna, and Glen.

Within the student loan seminar, topics covered included You Are Not Alone, The Tangled Maze, Know Your Loans, Where to Find Relief, and Repayment Tips. Attendees included high school students, undergraduates, graduate and professional students, and parents. Thank you to our generous sponsors: BB&T, the University of Baltimore, and The Hotel at Arundel Preserve.

Free April Seminars: Managing Student Loans

Posted: 03.17.15

College Cash - Find It, Get It, Manage It logo
Join us on April 23rd in Baltimore or April 27th in Hanover for COLLEGE CASH: Managing Student Loans, a free seminar for college students and graduates. In April, we will help students understand their loan repayments and share resources about loan forgiveness programs. Registration begins at 5:30 pm and the program is from 6 pm to 8 pm. Refreshments and snacks are provided.  Thank you to our generous sponsors, BB&T, University of Baltimore, and The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, for making our April events possible.  To download a flyer for the event, click here.

All attendees will be eligible for exclusive College Cash scholarships of up to $5,000. Did you know that your chances of receiving a scholarship through our general application is one in 2,500? Your chances of receiving a College Cash scholarship by attending our seminar is ONE IN 25.

Seminar includes:
1. You Are Not Alone
2. Understand What You Owe
3. Relief and LARP Programs

Thursday, April 23, 2015
University of Baltimore, Learning Commons, 1415 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
6 – 8 pm (registration begins at 5:30 pm)
Register here for the April 23rd session

Monday, April 27, 2015
The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076
6 – 8 pm (registration begins at 5:30 pm)
Register here for the April 27th session

This event is open to the public and FREE. You may bring guests but must register their names. Space is limited. College Cash seminars seek to educate the community free of charge about financial literacy topics in relation to higher education.

Brian, Scholar of the Month

Posted: 01.20.15

Scholarship Brian with Governor O'Malley at the City College 175th Anniversary Gala
Brian graduated from City College in Baltimore and began his college career in the fall at Albright College.  He enjoys learning about finance and hopes to become an accountant one day.  “By becoming an accountant, I believe I can help people tremendously and bring them knowledge such as investment advice and budgeting tips to make their finances easier to manage,” writes Brian.  “By doing this, I will help people who are ignorant to the fact that they must plan for their future.”  During winter break, he volunteered at the local elementary school helping students with their homework.  Brian is planning a study abroad trip to Greece and had the opportunity to meet Governor O’Malley at last year’s City College 175th Anniversary Gala.  Brian is pictured on the left with Governor O’Malley.

Vice President Calls for Cost Transparency in The Baltimore Sun

Posted: 01.13.15

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed by Michele Waxman Johnson
Central Scholarship’s Vice President, Michele Johnson, penned an op-ed in today’s Baltimore Sun pushing for cost transparency in higher education.  She calls for legislation mandating updated and easy-to-use cost calculators for all schools.  Michele Johnson writes, “We were delighted to learn that a federal bi-partisan bill proposing a Net Price Calculator Improvement Act of 2014 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Maryland U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and in the Senate by Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. The intent of this bill was to simplify net price calculators and require current and consistent data in a user friendly format in the appropriate location on the school website with no broken links. Pretty much a “no-brainer.” While the House of Representatives bill passed as part of the larger Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act, the Senate bill failed and must be reintroduced in 2015.

With the 114th Congress now in session, we hope that Senator Franken will reintroduce, and the Senate will pass, this bi-partisan bill. However, should this federal legislation not become a reality any time soon, we urge the Maryland General Assembly and incoming Gov. Larry Hogan to again take the lead in the interest of transparency for Maryland students and families and support such a bill here in Maryland. As Maryland led in 2014 with the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet statewide legislation, let’s see Maryland lead again, strengthening the net price calculator requirements.”

The entire op-ed can be read here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-higher-ed-transparency-20150113-story.html

Mariel, Patient Advocate

Posted: 12.31.14

Central Scholarship recipients: Christina Dorsey (left), Mariel Otter (center), and Sallyn Ratemo (right)
Mariel Otter is passionate about improving psychiatric care for pediatric patients. As a volunteer in the Pediatric Psychiatric Unit at University of Maryland Medical Center, Mariel has seen how disruptive it is for children to shift in and out of inpatient services.  She is currently working on an evidence-based practice research project examining the effect of outpatient service accessibility after discharge in reducing recurrent inpatient psychiatric admissions. Mariel is also waiting to see if she received a CNA position she applied for at the UMD Medical Center. A single parent and driven student, Mariel has set her sights on helping to heal disadvantaged peoples, families, and communities.  Mariel is pictured in the middle along with fellow Central Scholarship recipients, Christina Dorsey (left) and Sallyn Ratemo (right).

Application Opens Jan 1st

Posted: 12.22.14

female graduate holding a diploma

It’s that time of year, again.  The 2015 application for degree-seeking students opens on January 1, 2015.  Applicants are considered for more than 40 scholarship programs via submission of the 2015 General Application for Degree Seekers.  Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000 for graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Applicants may complete an optional section of the 2015 General Application for Degree Seekers to apply for an interest-free loan.  Benefits of this program include:  NO interest, NO fees, NO credit score cut offs, and a 10-year repayment plan (payments start small and increase in increments each year).  The average loan offer is $4,000 and co-signers are required without exception for all applicants. This is a competitive program and funding is not guaranteed to all applicants. Applicants for the Interest-Free Loan Program must attend school full time.

General Eligibility Criteria

• Maryland resident (or live within 200 miles of Baltimore City)
• US Citizen/Permanent Resident
• Enrolled in or planning to attend an accredited college/university
o Graduating high school senior
o Undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior
o 1st year, 2nd year, or 3rd year graduate student
o Professional student (J.D., D.D.S, etc.)
• Family income below $90,000
• 2.8 GPA or higher to be competitive

Wes Moore Helps Baltimore

Posted: 11.20.14

Central Scholarship Board Chair Ira Wagner, BridgeEdU student Kristen, and author Wes Moore

Wes Moore stopped by the office today to speak to Central Scholarship board and staff about his work with Baltimore City students.  Wes lives in Baltimore and originally gained notoriety through The Other Wes Moore, published in 2010, a true story of another Wes Moore that grew up nearby but met a dramatically different fate.  Moore is a bestselling author, Rhodes Scholar, Army combat veteran, and executive producer and host of both Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network and the American Graduate Initiative, a platform focusing on reforms happening in the global educational landscape on PBS.  Recently, President Obama nominated him to serve as a Board Member for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Wes (pictured above with BridgeEdU student Kristen and Central Scholarship board chair Ira Wagner) shared information about BridgeEdU – a program he founded which helps Baltimore City students in their first year of college at University of Baltimore.  BridgeEdU supports a cohort of students at the University of Baltimore through service experiences, professional internships, a family mentality, and an “entrepreneurial approach to college and career planning.”  The first cohort of students began their journey this year and Kristen shared her positive experience with our board and staff.  By founding BridgeEdU, Wes and his team have created a supportive program that could be the missing piece of the puzzle for Baltimore City students.