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Eva, PhD Student at Johns Hopkins

Eva, PhD Student at Johns Hopkins

Posted: 02.13.13

Hal Cohen Endowed Scholarship recipient Eva DugoffFebruary’s scholar of the Month is Eva Dugoff, a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Raised outside of Washington D.C., Eva became accustomed to political discussions at the dinner table.  Eva first discovered policy while an undergraduate at Georgetown University.  After graduating, she moved to New York City where she worked as an AmeriCorps outreach volunteer at a welfare-to-work job training program.  She was surprised that her clients were just as likely to report wanting higher pay as they were to say they wanted health benefits.  Eva discovered the importance of health insurance and access to health care and she returned to Washington, D.C. to work in this field.

Eva worked at the Medicare Rights Center where she spoke with countless seniors who could not access needed care and could not afford the care they already received.  Later, as a member of Senator Ron Wyden’s health staff, she worked on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but learned that without better research on what works for patients, our policymakers were paralyzed or design policy would be based on guesswork.

Eva’s fourth year of graduate school was uncertain because she could not afford it.  She is looking forward to devoting her time to completing her dissertation with the help of the Hal Cohen Endowed Scholarship and hopes to translate her findings into good health care policy.  Last year, Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield established the Hal Cohen Endowed Scholarship at Central Scholarship.  The fund honors the incredible legacy of Dr. Cohen and enables us to help a student pursuing an undergraduate or masters degree in healthcare policy, or healthcare financing or economics.  Eva shares the passion Dr. Cohen embodied for changing the health care system to help others. We are proud to name Eva as February’s Scholar of the Month and even more proud to help graduate students afford school in a time when scholarships for degrees outside of Bachelor’s degrees are hard to come by.  To apply for graduate school funding, please click here.

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.

Two Weeks Left to Apply For Scholarships

Posted: 03.12.12

Students — the April 1st deadline is approaching and we encourage everyone to get their applications in to us soon.  Every year, we have scholarship-worthy students who begin their applications and forget to come back and complete them before the deadline.  Don’t let that be you this year and complete your application today!  If you have any questions about the application, call our office at 410-415-5558.