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Thanksgiving Thoughts — We Need Your Help!

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  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.

2012 Student Awards Ceremony to be held at the Cylburn Arboretum on July 12th


Maryland State Teacher of the Year Joshua ParkerAnother year has passed and it’s time again to celebrate this year’s scholarship recipients at our Annual Student Awards Ceremony.  The ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 12th, at the Vollmer Visitor Center at the Cylburn Arboretum from 5-7 pm.   Joshua Parker (pictured), Maryland State Teacher of the Year, will be speaking to our guests.  Joshua Parker is the Department Chair for English/Reading/World Language at Windsor Middle School.  The awards ceremony gives donors and students an opportunity to meet.  Heavy hors d’ oeuvres will be served and the grand winner of the final MONEY Magazine Scholarship will be announced.  Students and donors may bring one guest to the event.  To register and attend the event, students may click here.  Donors may call the office at 410-415-5558 and register over the phone.  The event is free with the option to sponsor a student for $50.  Donations are accepted over the phone at 410-415-5558 Monday-Thursday from 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Sharon Fakheri is our Scholar of the Month

Posted: 04.12.12

Charles Crane Family Foundation Scholarship recipient Sharon Fakheri
Sharon Fakheri is a student at Ner Israel Rabbinical College where he maintains a 4.0 GPA.  His passion for Jewish studies is evident.  Sharon grew up in Iran where furthering his Jewish Education was not a possibility.  In order to obtain the education he wanted, Sharon left his family and moved to the United States.  After receiving news that Sharon was awarded with a scholarship, he wrote, “The scholarship that Central Scholarship has provided for me has been a tremendous help.  I look forward to setting more goals and achieving more.  This scholarship will help me give back to the community in ways that I have been waiting and hoping to do.”

Charles Crane Family Foundation Scholarship recipient Sharon Fakheri at a College Cash 101 seminar
Sharon received the Charles Crane Family Foundation Scholarship here at Central Scholarship.  The Charles Crane Family Foundation Grant Program provides scholarships of up to $5,000 to students pursuing Judaic studies full-time at accredited institutions in the United States and Israel.   It is one of several scholarships with applications that remain open until May 1, 2012.  You can find the application right here.

Central Scholarship recently announced that the Charles Crane Family Foundation committed another $50,000 to this program in order to help more students afford an education.

College Cash 101 Recap & Photos

Posted: 04.10.12

Student attending College Cash 101 seminar
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s College Cash 101 event a big success!  Eager students and parents arrived at the University of Baltimore on the morning of Saturday, March 31st .  We kicked off the day with a welcome from Michael Ward, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Johns Hopkins University and Kim Clark, Senior Writer at MONEY Magazine.  Everyone moved into the break out session of their choice following breakfast and the introduction.  Attendees chose from “Finding Money for College,” “The Perks and Perils of Credit,” “Surviving Student Loan Repayment,” and “Building Wealth After College.”

Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot speaks at College Cash 101 Seminar
During lunch, Peter Franchot, Maryland State’s Comptroller, spoke to the room about the importance of financial literacy.  The day closed with a post-college employment panel featuring Cheri Harman Dorsey (Gordon Feinblatt LLC), Jason Hardebeck (Executive Director of Greater Baltimore Technology Council), Myra Holloway (Human Resources Client Consultant with Carefirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield) and Ashley B. Stewart (Senior Associate in the Talent and Development Unit at the Annie E. Casey Foundation).  We were excited about our partnership with MONEY Magazine and thankful for our sponsors this year — Wells Fargo, BB& T, Vitamin, and Baltimore College Town.  To see photos from the event, click here.