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Stephanie, Class of 2016

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.

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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.

Encouraging A Better Approach to Student Debt

Posted: 05.12.15

Person holding a rolled-up newspaper
On the heels of our “Managing Student Loan Debt” seminars last month, CS Vice President Michele Waxman-Johnson penned an op-ed in The Frederick News-Post detailing the options available to those burdened with student loan debt.  In “Encouraging A Better Approach to Student Debt,” she points to the massive $1.3 million student loan debt borrowed by 40 million Americans and offers loan solutions such as loan repayment and forgiveness programs.  To learn more, click here to read the article.

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.

Ben Block, Environmentalist

Posted: 04.29.15

Jerome G. and Annette S. Zimmerman Foundation Fund Interest-Free Loan recipient Ben Block
Benjamin Block has dedicated his young career to raising awareness and preserving the environment. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, Ben earned a Fulbright Fellowship in Peru. In partnership with the Amazon Conservation Association, he joined efforts to protect forests of the Peruvian Amazon threatened by illegal gold miners and loggers. In Peru, Ben also worked to develop educational materials about sustainable business practices.  Ben earned two bachelors degrees from the University of Maryland; a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

After graduating in 2007, he interned with Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), where he witnessed how policies plant seeds of change in the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency. At PGW, Ben helped thousands of low-income residents reduce their heating bills and improve the safety in their homes. Ben is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration with a Certificate in Public Finance from the University of Pennsylvania.  He received an interest-free loan from the Jerome G. and Annette S. Zimmerman Foundation Fund at Central Scholarship.  We are proud to highlight Ben as April’s Scholar of the Month.

 

 

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

Jennifer, 90th Anniversary Performer

Posted: 11.26.14

Central Scholarship recipient Jennifer Volmer
Jennifer performed at Central Scholarship’s 90th Anniversary Celebration earlier this month.  Her music education began at age five when she received a sizable birthday present: a piano. After years of piano lessons, she picked up the viola – a string instrument tuned a fifth below the violin and an octave above the cello – and it was music to her ears!

She started her serious pursuit of a music career at age fifteen when she enrolled in the Interlochen Arts Academy. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in viola performance at the Eastman School of Music where she was an active participant in Music for All, a two-time winner of Eastman’s Chamber Music Honors Recital, and recipient of Eastman’s Excellence in Chamber Music Award. At New York University, she designed an individualized graduate program in Music Performance and Performing Arts Administration, concentrating on non-profit development and management while continuing solo, chamber, and orchestral performance as a principal violist.

Central Scholarship recipient Jennifer Volmer plays the violin

With her Master’s in hand, Jennifer began her career in public relations, holding positions at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Jay K. Hoffman & Associates, and Christina Jensen PR. She currently manages social marketing campaigns using influencer outreach for eBay, WeightWatchers, and other brands. She plays in several New York City orchestras and maintains a private studio for piano instruction. Chamber music has remained her passion, prompting her to found Amara Strings, LLC, an event string quartet in demand throughout New York.