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Sha-Keara, Featured Scholar

Sha-Keara, Featured Scholar

Posted: 03.30.14

Central Scholarship recipient Sha-Keara Pinkney

This month’s featured scholar is Sha-Keara Pinkney, a junior at Hollins University in Virginia.   She remembers being in kindergarten and a teacher asked her who she wanted to be when she grew up.  “Lawyer,” was her response and she continues to strive toward that goal to this day.  Originally from Baltimore City, She-Keara remembers being her family’s helping hand in their single mother household.  She writes that her goal was to become “a lawyer with the characteristics of a social worker.”  Since then, she has worked tirelessly and pursued a bachelor’s degree in sociology.  In high school, Sha-Keara was lucky to attend Cristo Rey Jesuit High School where the work study program set her up for success.  She worked at a Baltimore City law firm for two years.  Sha-Keara continued her law education once she went to college by interning with a judge at the District Court of Maryland.

In 2013, Sha-Keara was awarded with a scholarship that was funded by the Mayor of Baltimore City, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  Due to the donation of the mayor’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards skybox in the summer of 2013, Central Scholarship raised enough money to help a Baltimore City student afford college.  To learn more about our work, please visit our testimonial page or read our reviews on

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.