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Don’t Be an April Fool

Don’t Be an April Fool

Posted: 03.26.13

Woman taking a photo of a recent graduate with family

Don’t be an April fool, submit your scholarship application today!  Central Scholarship’s application deadline is April 1st – five days away!  Why not turn off your TV, have a working lunch, or stay up a little later to apply?

1. It’s EASY!
No letters of recommendation are required and your resume is optional.  We only ask for a couple of paragraphs and your Student Aid Report.

2. ONE Application -> Dozens of Scholarships
Once you submit your general scholarship application, Central Scholarship does all of the work for you!  We match you with scholarships from over 40 different scholarship programs.

3. Local Scholarships = Less Competition
When you apply for national funds you compete with thousands of students.  With Central Scholarship, you will compete with far fewer students, giving you a 1 in 10 chance of winning.

4. Interest-Free Loan Program
Scholarship applicants are also able to apply for Central Scholarship’s interest-free loan program.  Students only pay back exactly what they borrow, there are absolutely no fees or interest.

5. Scholarships for ALL TYPES
Central Scholarship has funds for which students?
a. high school seniors planning to go to college for the first time
b. undergraduate and graduate students
c. students pursuing professional degrees in fields like social work, medicine, health finance, or law
d.  students seeking non-degree career or technology training
e. ALL OF THE ABOVE

Website: www.central-scholarship.org
Click here to read student testimonials at GreatNonprofits.org!

APPLY NOW.

Join us this month for COLLEGE CASH 101

Posted: 01.07.13

College Cash 101 Invitation

Join us for this year’s COLLEGE CASH 101 sponsored by BB&T, Howard County General Hospital, and SECU– a free seminar we offer to undergraduate students and high school seniors.  Why attend COLLEGE CASH 101?

1. Opportunity to win $2,500 in scholarship awards available only to those who attend

2. Network with Central Scholarship decision-making staff

BB&T logo3. Learn how making smart choices can help you avoid debt and set you up for success

To accommodate students living in different parts of Maryland, we have two sessions at different locations available this year.  Please choose which session you will attend below.  The same material will be covered at each location.

Tuesday, January 15th

Howard County General Hospital logoUniversity of Baltimore School of Law, Moot Court Room, 1415 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

5:30-8 pm *snow date for this event is January 22nd

Register here for the January 15th session. 

Directions to the UB School of Law.  Parking will be validated at the Fitzgerald garage and the Maryland avenue garage.

SECU logoThursday, January 31st

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

5:30-8 pm

Register here for the January 31st session.

Directions to the HCGH Wellness Center.

Refreshments and snacks will be served at 5:30 pm and the program will commence at 6:00 pm.

This event is open to the public.  You may bring guests.

Thanksgiving Thoughts — We Need Your Help!

Posted: 11.15.12

a grateful Central Scholarship award recipient

Central Scholarship is a fantastic financial resource for students in Maryland.  We know this.  You know this.  How can we get others to know this?  Easy — take 5 minutes out of your day to post a review about us on www.greatnonprofits.org.  When others see that we (like last year) are a top-rated Education non profit in 2012, they will know that we are making a real difference in the community.

Are you a grateful scholarship recipient?  A donor to our cause?  Are you a volunteer?  An education professional?  Perhaps a parent of a student who received a scholarship?  We will be grateful to YOU if you take a few minutes to share your thoughts about us with the world.  Click here to begin.   Before you are able to post, you will be asked to create a profile which is a quick process.

Last year, scholarship recipient Lauren wrote…

“Central Scholarship really helped change my college experience. While I could afford to go to college with my parents help, it was a real strain and I had to work so much that it cut into my study time. With Central Scholarship’s generous help I was able to graduate in 4 years with a degree in biochemistry and study abroad for a summer in Spain which I never would have been able to do otherwise. I continued working as a resident assistant for room and board but luckily I was able to graduate debt-free with just that one job. They communicate in a very prompt and effective manner and are so compassionate.”Great Nonprofits website page on Central Scholarship screen shot

A parent of a scholarship recipient wrote on the website…

“As a parent of a student who has received an interest free loan, I am grateful. My husband and I have helped our children with their higher education, but can only do so much. The interest free loan my son received was very helpful and much appreciated.”

Have a happy thanksgiving with your friends and family — we give thanks for your help!

Career Training Scholarships Available — Apply now

Posted: 08.13.12

Community College of Baltimore County logo

READY TO START A CAREER?  We can help you get the training you need.

In partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County, Central Scholarship is offering scholarships to students pursuing career training.

How the Program Works

  • You must apply and be accepted to participate in your chosen training program (HVAC, construction, commercial driving, physical therapist aide, pharmacy tech).
  • To be eligible, you must be a Baltimore City resident with a high school diploma or G.E.D. and a family income of $66,000 or below.
  • Class schedules will be determined once all participants are selected. All classes will begin in fall 2012. Night and weekend classes will be made available if possible.
  • Classes will be held at CCBC campuses (Catonsville, Essex, Dundalk, Randallstown, Pasadena, or Hunt Valley – varies by training program).
  • The cost of the training is funded by grants.
  • Each student is expected to invest up to $200 toward the cost of texts and tools.
  • Job placement assistance will be available once training is complete.

How to Apply:  Click here.

Application deadline:  August 31, 2012.

Application is online only.  If you are chosen as a semi-finalist, we will contact you for an interview.  CCBC will register accepted students when classes begin.

Questions? Call 410-415-5558 or email Angela Harrison, [email protected]

Bonnie Lyon, Art Educator and Scholar of the Month

Posted: 06.26.12

BHD Endowed Scholarship Program for Graduate Teacher Education recipient Bonnie Lyon

Bonnie Lyon is an aspiring art educator.  She received the BHD Endowed Scholarship Program for Graduate Teacher Education at Central Scholarship.

As a product of the Harford County Public School System, Bonnie came to appreciate the diverse student body and the challenges students face.  She writes, “I believe allowing students to channel their inner frustrations in a therapeutic non-threatening way is the most significant challenge in the school systems today.  It is imperative for a child to be able to have a creative outlet and share their inner voice.”

Bonnie earned her undergraduate degree at Towson University.  During her time at Towson, Bonnie was an assistant teacher, played the piano for a children’s choir, and conducted tours of the Baltimore Museum of Art.  During the summer before her first year of graduate school, Bonnie incurred  a terrible fall which resulted in significant injuries.  “I was completely disarrayed as to why I would have sustained such significant injuries in my life at a time in which I was ready to start my life as a young educated lady,” writes Bonnie.  Medical bills from the accident placed a financial burden on Bonnie and her family.  The BHD Scholarship helped Bonnie pay for school and graduate this year.

Central Scholarship has helped many students become teachers.  At this year’s Student Awards Ceremony, Joshua Parker — Maryland State Teacher of the Year — will speak to our guests.  For more information on this year’s Student Awards Ceremony, click here.

Application Now Closed

Posted: 04.03.12

Calendar with crossed out day - time running out

Students, the application deadline of April 1st has passed and the application period has come to an end.  Only two programs have applications that have an extended deadline of May 1st.  If you have not applied this year, you may apply and be eligible for these two programs until May 1st.  If you have already applied, you will be considered for these programs should you qualify so please do not re-apply.  The application for the 2013-2014 school year will open on January 1, 2013.

Three Days Left To Apply for Scholarships

Posted: 03.28.12

Clock face - time running out
Students — hurry and finish your applications before it’s too late!  Our scholarship application deadline is April 1st which means you have 3 days to get your completed application submitted to us.  Read up on application tips here and click here to apply.  If you have any questions about your application, call our office at 410-415-5558 and we would be happy to provide assistance.  Good luck!

Zaketa, Scholar of the Month

Posted: 02.22.12

Central Scholarship Career and Technology Scholarship recipient Zaketa Lightfoot

Thirty-three year-old Zaketa Lightfoot was valedictorian of her class at the It Works Learning Center in 2011.  Now a graduate of the CNA/GNA (Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant) training program, Zaketa is looking forward to employment.  Central Scholarship awarded Zaketa with a Career and Technology Scholarship which allowed her to afford classes at the It Works Learning Center.  For 14 years, the It Works Learning Center has trained and placed thousands of graduates in jobs in and around Baltimore.  It Works is licensed by and in good standing with the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Central Scholarship has been offering Career and Technology Scholarships for students since 2008 and we continue to help more and more students with each year.  Just this month, we announced a $350,000 grant awarded to us by the Abell Foundation that will enable us to help over one hundred Baltimore City students attain career and technology training.  Unlike our college scholarship application, we accept applications for career and vocational training scholarships on a rolling basis throughout the year.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 410-415-5558 or click here to apply for career and technology training scholarships.

Application OPEN!

Posted: 01.03.12

Students — Central Scholarship’s online application is now available through April 1, 2012.

Apply directly at our website — www.centralsb.org

Screenshot of 2012 Central Scholarship Bureau Web Application