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2013 Application Now Closed

2013 Application Now Closed

Posted: 04.03.13

"Sorry We're Closed" sign

The scholarship application for undergraduate and graduate school funding is now closed.  As we sort through 5,520 applications, we look forward to choosing the most competitive and deserving students to receive scholarships.  Semi-finalists will be selected in the comings months and final decisions will be made by mid-July.  If you applied, please continue to check your e-mail in the coming months to learn if you are a semi-finalist.

The only scholarship program that remains open until April 15, 2013 is for the Charles Crane Family Foundation Grant for Jewish Studies.  This particular scholarship awards up to $5,000 to students pursuing  Judaic studies in the US and Israel.  Students may apply for this program here until April 15, 2013.

Our Vocational and Certificate Training scholarship application remains open year-round and we award vocational scholarships on a rolling basis throughout the year.

College Cash Wrap Up

Posted: 02.11.13

Joseph Lorick, keynote speaker for 2013 College Cash 101 Seminar

This year’s College Cash 101 was the best received seminar yet.  It was our fourth year in a row offering the service to students in Maryland.  Students and parents attended free sessions in Baltimore and Columbia and learned about the scholarship search, money management, and student loans.  We are grateful to our generous sponsors — BB&T, Howard County General Hospital, and SECU, for their support.

Our keynote speaker, Joseph Lorick, opened the session with a lively discussion about the importance of thinking about one’s future before signing on the dotted line.  Joseph wrote Did Everything But Think (D.E.B.T) — a guide to avoiding debt traps while on the path to financial freedom.  Joseph graduated from the 3rd oldest high school in the country, Baltimore City College, in 1999.  He went on to earn his bachelors in business administration from Bowie State University.  As a senior, Joseph began his career in banking and has never stopped.  He has worked in Collections, Credit, Mortgage, Consumer Loans, Consumer Checking, Small Business Checking and Strategies for ten years.  During this time, he has spoken with thousands of customers and gained extensive knowledge about the financial habits of American citizens.Students at the 2013 College Cash 101 Seminar

Our program staff (Roberta Goldman, Angela Harrison, and Jennifer Bauer) shared tips on how to stand out in the application pool and advised the audience about different types of student loans.  We had 100 students in attendance at the University of Baltimore College Cash session, and 120 attending the Columbia session at Howard County General Hospital.  Those who attended are eligible for one of three College Cash 101 Scholarships.  We are receiving applications for this scholarship now and results will be announced in May, June, and July via our twitter and facebook pages.  The first place College Cash 101 scholarship for $1,250 will be announced and awarded at Central Scholarship’s Annual Student Awards Ceremony in July.

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.

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.

Promise Olomo, Scholar of the Month

Posted: 05.23.12

Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship recipient Promise Olomo (left) with Dr. Sanford Siegel (right)

Promise Olomo’s friendly disposition impressed the staff at Central Scholarship upon meeting the young man.  We awarded him with a Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship — a program created to help students pursuing medical fields.  He is pictured (left) at Central Scholarship’s 85th Anniversary Celebration with Dr. Sanford Siegel, President and CEO of Chesapeake Urology Associates.

Promise Olomo emigrated from Nigeria to the United States with his brother after finishing high school.  Unfortunately, his brother died of Sickle-Cell complications in 2011, and following his death, Promise decided to pursue a career in health care.  He chose nursing and after completing his education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, he set his sights on becoming a Nurse Anesthetist.  He writes, “The role of scholarships in overcoming financial hardship cannot be overemphasized.”

Promise is among the many students pursuing medical careers that Central Scholarship has funded over the years.  Earlier in the month, we announced a new scholarship program from Carefirst BlueCross Blue Shield and students studying health care policy, health care financing, and economics will be eligible to receive funding from the program.

Meet the first MONEY Magazine Scholarship Winner

Posted: 05.16.12

MONEY Magazine Scholarship Winner Michael Greene

Finishing out his senior year at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Michael Greene received news that Central Scholarship awarded him with a MONEY Magazine Scholarship.  Poly is a high school in Baltimore known for its emphasis on science and engineering, and Michael plans on pursuing engineering as a career path.  Michael is a member of the National Honor Society, Air Force JROTC and the varsity tennis team.  Michael participated in the American Cancer Society “Race for the Cure” and he also served as an international missionary to Ghana West Africa for Huber Memorial Church.  Michael was accepted as a freshman in the honors program at Morgan State University where he hopes to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

College Cash 101 logo
Students who attended Central Scholarship’s COLLEGE CASH 101 in March of this year were eligible to apply for a MONEY Magazine scholarship.  Michael took advantage of the opportunity and he is the first of four winners.  At COLLEGE CASH 101, students learned about how to find money and how to manage it.  Michael says, “This event was awesome! Everyone knows that information is power and students need a lot information to help them make good choices about financing their college educations and how they can take advantage of the many opportunities that exist for students in today’s challenging economy.”

Michael’s winning essay is below:

The most impactful message I heard during the March 31, 2012 College Cash 101 was delivered by Ms. Jennifer Bauer. Ms. Bauer said “there is money out there for you if you do your homework and make sure you are prepared”.  I listened as she shared information about many grant and scholarship opportunities that are available for undergraduate and graduate students.  I could tell that she cared and wanted everyone to be as excited about college and learning as she appeared to be. Many of the topics she discussed forced me to think about my strategy for obtaining scholarships. I know that my work doesn’t end once I’m accepted to college. I also enjoyed learning about the importance of a student budget.  I know that my mother will not be able to spend a lot of extra money on me because she will need to care for my younger sister and take care of household bills.  College does not mean that your family has to go bankrupt and that as a student; you don’t have to be cash poor.

The biggest eye-opening moment for me related to the importance of having a good SAT score. I know that this is very true because each time I took the test and raised my score, I got additional scholarship opportunities.  I learned that the admissions process and financial aid process are closely related.  I appreciate the help I received during high school because it prepared me to be competitive in the scholarship arena. The most important take away from the event is that college is an opportunity to plan the rest of your life. Many of the speakers seemed to share the common message that college is a positive experience where most of your learning happens outside of the classroom. The common theme for me was “life planning”. It may seem like a big deal to some students still in high school, but it’s real. I also enjoyed the one-on-one sessions with the college financial aid counselors. I met with a representative from the University of Maryland and Morgan State University. I understand how the process works.

My future career goal is to become an Electrical Engineer because the field deals with the use of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism to make new tools.  I have chosen to apply to colleges and universities that have strong engineering programs and that support students with great internship opportunities. My educational goal is to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of electrical engineering. I’m interested in Electrical engineering because it deals with how we use electricity, electronics and electromagnetism to make new tools. I think that this will allow me to learn more about power, electronics, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications if I decide to work for NASA or a private company. I like engineering because it is a broad career field and it allows me flexibility in finding the right use for my skills. I know that there are ways to use existing ideas and materials to help employee the next generation of people in our country. I believe that it is my job to create opportunities once I become trained in this field.  I would like to be considered for this scholarship because of my academic success at Poly, my contributions to the school community and greater Baltimore community and to help offset the financial burdens for my mother.

If I had to choose a way to improve next year’s event, I would suggest that you try to ensure more senior high students attend the program. I would partner with a local radio station that targets youth and spread the word. I would also have a contest that would publicly recognize the school with the most students that attended. It would be nice to have student sessions where kids could share what they did to get scholarships. I would invite freshmen college students who received scholarships to come back and talk to new applicants to share secrets of success.

Congratulations to Michael for winning the first MONEY Magazine Scholarship!  Stay tuned to find out who else won this year.

MONEY Magazine Scholarship Announcement

Posted: 05.03.12

Students attending College Cash 101 seminar

Exciting stuff is brewing here at Central Scholarship.  This month, we will announce the first winner of the MONEY Magazine Scholarship.

All those who attended College Cash 101 (read about our annual financial literacy event here) in March were eligible to apply for a MONEY Magazine scholarship.  Four students will win scholarships.  Three students will win runner-up scholarships and the big winner will receive a $5,000 MONEY Magazine scholarship to attend their accredited institution of choice.  The contest required that students write an essay about their experience with financial literacy.  We will profile and share these students’ essays with you as we announce the winners.  Stay tuned!

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!

Scholar of the Month, Jacqueline Green

Posted: 03.20.12

Central Scholarship recipient Jacqueline Green

“When I dance,” says Jacqueline Green, “I feel like I’m free and like my body moves from a natural beat: my heart.”  Jacqueline discovered her love of dance when she was in high school and she has stuck with it ever since; she plans to still be dancing when she’s eighty.  Jacqueline loves all kinds of dance from ballet to West African.  She considers herself part of an elite crowd; not too many African Americans can say that they love ballet.

Jacqueline’s mother always encouraged her to pursue her interests even if the family could not pay for them.  Because her mother has six dependants, including an elderly parent and another daughter in college, paying for Jacqueline to attend Fordham University has been quite a struggle.  To alleviate some of the financial burden, Jacqueline worked part-time.  Nevertheless, Jacqueline is determined to share her love of dancing with others.  She taught children in her local community to dance and believes that she can inspire people through her own dancing.  “On stage,” Jacqueline says, “I want to dance in a way that people feel something from the movement I present to them.”

Through her education at Fordham, Jacqueline has perfected her technique and discovered levels of difficulty within dance that she never knew existed.  She has learned to eat, sleep, and breathe dance, as well as attend all-day rehearsals and keep up with schoolwork.  “I want to spread my zeal for dance to everyone from audience members to the familiar people who watch me dance everywhere I go,” Jacqueline says.

Jacqueline was accepted into the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Company this year.  Her bio page with the company can be seen here.  The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is coming to Baltimore in May and tickets can be found here.

Announcing $5,000 Scholarship To One Student Attending College Cash 101

Posted: 03.12.12

College Cash 101 logo

All students at this year’s COLLEGE CASH 101 event will be eligible to win a $5,000 MONEY® Magazine scholarship.  Space is filling up quickly so register soon.  Every year, Central Scholarship provides students the opportunity to learn about financial literacy.

This year, attendees will walk away with knowledge in the college financial aid letter, basic budgeting, the perils of credit, and repaying student loans. We also include a session on post-college employability designed to help students understand what to expect after graduation.

Read about Central Scholarship’s annual College Cash event here.