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Join us this month for COLLEGE CASH 101

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.

It has been a busy fall…

Posted: 10.31.12

Central Scholarship staff mapping priorities at the staff retreat

We’ve been mighty busy here at Central Scholarship this fall.  After sorting through over 5,000 students applications and awarding our 2012 scholarship winners in time for fall semester, we are back to the grind focusing on program outreach and learning about the latest trends in higher education.  In September, staff left the office and headed to the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours for an exploration into how we can improve our services to our students.  We brainstormed and discussed ways to improve our program, development, and operations efforts.  Regrouping outside of the office was an invaluable experience and staff returned to the office re-energized, driven and more enthusiastic than ever. In addition to inviting students to our office for annual focus groups where we gather ideas for how to improve our services, we are constantly looking for new ways to help students in our community and provide a better experience for our scholarship winners.  (Pictured: Jennifer Bauer, Program Manager, re-arranging our student application process.)

In October, our Development team, Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant and Lucy Sytov, traveled to Austin, Texas for the National Scholarship Providers Conference (NSPA).  They delivered a presentation about the importance of online presence during a session titled The Magnifier Effect: How Social Media Channels Can Build Your Scholarship Program’s Web of Recipients, Allies and Supporters.  The NSPA is a rare opportunity for scholarship providers from around North America to gather and discuss challenges that organizations are facing and propose solutions.  Foundations, Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant, Development Director and Lucy Sytov, Development Coordinator at NSPA Conference
Community Organizations, Non Profit Organizations, Institutions for Higher Learning and For Profit Organizations all gathered to compare notes and elevate our mission.  During Central Scholarship’s presentation, Jessica and Lucy shared the stage with David Neff, Senior Management Consultant at Ant’s Eye Media; and Jane Thompson, Executive Director at TD Scholarships.

All in all, it has been a busy couple of months and with Thanksgiving approaching, we are ever so thankful for our donors who allow us to help more and more students, and to our students for never failing to impress us with their motivated hearts and inspiring stories.  Thank you!  (Pictured: Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant, Development Director and Lucy Sytov, Development Coordinator.)


Aspiring Educator Jina Han is our Scholar of the Month


Central Scholarship recipient Jina Han

Each month, we feature a new Scholar of the Month to highlight the amazing achievements and stories of our scholarship recipients. 

Her name is Jina Han and she is an aspiring teacher at the Graduate School for Education at Johns Hopkins University.  Jina began her graduate career as a law student and changed course when she stumbled upon the fact that one statistic the government uses in order to make projections for how many jails to build in fifteen years is the result of third grade students’ reading proficiency levels.  Based on research, they determined that third graders who show high reading proficiency are less likely to end up in prison than those students whose reading proficiencies remain far below average academic standards.  It was then when Jina realized that teaching was her true calling.  Jina writes, “Learning this placed into perspective the understanding that the success and failure of society as we know it is essentially in the hands of educators.  I soberly accept this responsibility and desire to give every student an equal chance at securing a stable future through their education.”

Jina maintains a 4.0 GPA.  She is unable to work to help pay for school due to the unpaid teaching internship required by her Master’s program.  However, she does not let the financial obligations deter her from her goal.  She writes, “No amount of success, money, or fame could provide for me what I feel when teaching children.”  Thanks to the scholarship Jina received from us, she is able to concentrate on school rather than an ever-increasing student loan debt.

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.