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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.

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.

 

 

Don’t Be an April Fool

Posted: 03.26.13

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Don’t be an April fool, submit your scholarship application today!  Central Scholarship’s application deadline is April 1st – five days away!  Why not turn off your TV, have a working lunch, or stay up a little later to apply?

1. It’s EASY!
No letters of recommendation are required and your resume is optional.  We only ask for a couple of paragraphs and your Student Aid Report.

2. ONE Application -> Dozens of Scholarships
Once you submit your general scholarship application, Central Scholarship does all of the work for you!  We match you with scholarships from over 40 different scholarship programs.

3. Local Scholarships = Less Competition
When you apply for national funds you compete with thousands of students.  With Central Scholarship, you will compete with far fewer students, giving you a 1 in 10 chance of winning.

4. Interest-Free Loan Program
Scholarship applicants are also able to apply for Central Scholarship’s interest-free loan program.  Students only pay back exactly what they borrow, there are absolutely no fees or interest.

5. Scholarships for ALL TYPES
Central Scholarship has funds for which students?
a. high school seniors planning to go to college for the first time
b. undergraduate and graduate students
c. students pursuing professional degrees in fields like social work, medicine, health finance, or law
d.  students seeking non-degree career or technology training
e. ALL OF THE ABOVE

Website: www.central-scholarship.org
Click here to read student testimonials at GreatNonprofits.org!

APPLY NOW.