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Bonnie Lyon, Art Educator and Scholar of the Month

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.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted: 03.08.12

Marjorie Cook Scholarship recipient Hillary ScholtenToday is International Women’s Day — a holiday we celebrate by helping women afford higher education.  Since the founding of Central Scholarship in 1924, we have assisted women with dreams of college degrees.  In the first half of the 20th century, we paid for a young woman to pursue a degree in architecture when she was the only woman in her class and architecture was viewed as a man’s profession.  Since then, we have helped countless women become doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers — all when they asked us for help.  Today, we offer women not only funding for undergraduate and graduate programs, but also professional studies.  Most recently, this included an entire class of CNA/GNAs (Nursing Assistants).

We are also proud to offer the Marjorie Cook Scholarship each year.  This Marjorie Cook Scholars program provides grants of up to $5,000 for women with a passion for women’s rights and equality who are pursuing graduate degrees in law or public policy.  In 2011, one of our Marjorie Cook Scholars was Hillary Scholten (pictured).  Hillary is in her final year in a four-year evening program at the University of Maryland School of Law.  She writes, “I was honored to receive the Marjorie Cook Scholarship for Women in recognition of my work as a woman and for women in the field of law.  My desire to serve disadvantaged women through legal advocacy is still strong, as is my need for financial assistance in completing my J.D.”  As a student supervisor at the University of Maryland’s Immigration Clinic last year, she worked on cases dealing with the problem of victimized immigrant women.  Hillary helped battered women who report the abuse but face the near certain result of the deportation of their primary breadwinner.

We’re proud of our long history helping women gain independence.  Today, Central Scholarship congratulates all women who dream of postsecondary education.