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April College Cash®

Chidiogo Nkume, whose student loan debt totals $25,977.76 hopes to be awarded a scholarship from Central Scholarship's College Cash program

April College Cash®

Posted: 04.04.16


How much student loan debt do you owe?  You are not alone. Instead of hiding from student loans, create a plan of attack. Join us for a free College Cash® seminar on how to repay student loans. Learn about loan forgiveness programs, how to prioritize payments, how to save money, and more.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 (click to register)
The University of Baltimore, Learning Commons
1415 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

5:30 pm: Registration
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Seminar

Attendees will be exclusively eligible for up to $5,000 in 2016 College Cash® scholarships. The seminar is free of charge but registration is required. This free event is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors, the Hotel at Arundel Preserve and the University of Baltimore.

Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship recipient Stephanie Cerritos

Stephanie, Class of 2016

Posted: 03.29.16

Stephanie Cerritos is a senior at Loyola University of Maryland. As an honors student, Stephanie will graduate with her bachelor’s in biology in May of 2016. During the summer between her sophomore and junior year, Stephanie shadowed several physicians at a local hospital through the Stepping Stones program. As a native Spanish speaker, she found that she could connect with patients and help them feel comfortable during their hospital stays.

Stephanie writes, ”In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the physician I was shadowing allowed me to use the stethoscope to hear a baby’s soft and steady heartbeat. This small gesture reminded me just how fragile and vulnerable we are when we are sick. I want to be the helping hand that supports people during those difficult times.” Stephanie was awarded the Chesapeake Urology Associates Scholarship in 2015. This fund is set up to help students pursuing careers in the medical field. Recipients of the Chesapeake Urology Scholarship are selected based on demonstrated commitment to the medical field, financial need, and academic achievement.

Student holding a sign reading "Debt Free"

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.

Spring College Cash Recap

Posted: 05.05.15

Students in attendance at College Cash Seminar
Central Scholarship’s College Cash series covers a range of topics including Finding Money for College, Managing Student Loans, and What Parents Need to Know. Our April seminars cover Managing Student Loans and are free and open to the public. Central Scholarship Vice President, Michele Waxman-Johnson, presented to a crowd of two hundred guests between the two evenings in April. Spring sessions on Managing Student Loans were held April 23rd at the University of Baltimore, and April 27th at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve.

To see April College Cash photos on our facebook page, take a look here. Students who attended are eligible for one of several College Cash scholarships. Winners will be announced on social media in the spring and summer. To read about previous College Cash recipients, check out 2014 winners, Brett, Jyna, and Glen.

Within the student loan seminar, topics covered included You Are Not Alone, The Tangled Maze, Know Your Loans, Where to Find Relief, and Repayment Tips. Attendees included high school students, undergraduates, graduate and professional students, and parents. Thank you to our generous sponsors: BB&T, the University of Baltimore, and The Hotel at Arundel Preserve.

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.

 

 

Shoe City App Deadline 4/30

Posted: 04.02.15

Shoe City Scholarship recipient Rashanique Reese
Central Scholarship’s general application is closed as of April 1st, but the Shoe City scholarship application remains open through April 30th. Central Scholarships awards several students with a Shoe City Scholarship every year. Students must be graduating high school seniors from Baltimore City, Prince George’s County or Washington, D.C. Eligible applicants should have been accepted to and planning to attend college full-time in the Fall of 2015.

Rashanique Reese received a Shoe City Scholarship in previous years. She studies Environmental Science and Policy at UMBC. Rashanique volunteered for the Maryland Zoo in high school where she was given the opportunity to work outdoors and work with animals. The zoo taught Rashanique how to educate people about animals, nature, and conservation, and inspired her to pursue environmental causes. She strengthened her passion for the environment when she had an opportunity to speak with the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Shoe City logoFollowing graduation, she plans to use her bachelor of science in environmental science with a minor in environmental policy and biology to travel abroad helping other countries. She also hopes to work in the U.S. to help clean up the coast, and eventually move into politics to help the government implement green ideas.

To apply for this year’s Shoe City Scholarship, click here.  The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

Donna, Social Worker

Posted: 03.26.15

Scholarship recipient Donna Jackson
Donna Jackson first came to Central Scholarship in 2005. She was 41 years old and a mother of three. In addition to maintaining a full-time job, she was also enrolled as a full-time student. Her career involved helping addicts get clean at a rehabilitation clinic and she was passionate about helping others get through this rough period of their lives. Although Donna was doing all that she could to pay for school, it was not enough. Thanks to several scholarships, Donna earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University.

Upon receiving her scholarship, Donna wrote, “There are no words to express my gratitude for allowing me to have this wonderful helping hand. When I received the email from you, a gigantic weight was lifted off my shoulders and so much stress dissipated. I will do my best to make the scholarship committee proud by always giving 110% effort in my studies.” We are proud to feature Donna as our March Scholar of the Month. Donna furthered her studies and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2013 and she continues to help those in need to this day.

Free April Seminars: Managing Student Loans

Posted: 03.17.15

College Cash - Find It, Get It, Manage It logo
Join us on April 23rd in Baltimore or April 27th in Hanover for COLLEGE CASH: Managing Student Loans, a free seminar for college students and graduates. In April, we will help students understand their loan repayments and share resources about loan forgiveness programs. Registration begins at 5:30 pm and the program is from 6 pm to 8 pm. Refreshments and snacks are provided.  Thank you to our generous sponsors, BB&T, University of Baltimore, and The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, for making our April events possible.  To download a flyer for the event, click here.

All attendees will be eligible for exclusive College Cash scholarships of up to $5,000. Did you know that your chances of receiving a scholarship through our general application is one in 2,500? Your chances of receiving a College Cash scholarship by attending our seminar is ONE IN 25.

Seminar includes:
1. You Are Not Alone
2. Understand What You Owe
3. Relief and LARP Programs

Thursday, April 23, 2015
University of Baltimore, Learning Commons, 1415 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
6 – 8 pm (registration begins at 5:30 pm)
Register here for the April 23rd session

Monday, April 27, 2015
The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076
6 – 8 pm (registration begins at 5:30 pm)
Register here for the April 27th session

This event is open to the public and FREE. You may bring guests but must register their names. Space is limited. College Cash seminars seek to educate the community free of charge about financial literacy topics in relation to higher education.

Katy, Aspiring Physician

Posted: 02.23.15

Scholarship recipient Katy Eslami
February’s Scholar of the Month, Katy Eslami, is in her senior year at the University of Maryland. In the fall, Katy taught courses in chemistry and was appointed as co-chair for the Recruitment Program at the University of Maryland. Through the post, she meets with prospective students and parents to help them with the college application process. Katy is also a student advisor for the Pre-Health Advising Office where she works with students interested in a medical career. Last but not least, she works as a research supervisor in the Emergency Room at George Washington Hospital.

Katy is navigating the medical school interview process and looks forward to making an informed choice soon about where to begin her medical training after graduating with her bachelor’s degree this spring. Katy writes, “Thanks to Central Scholarship and generous donors, I was able to pursue every interest during my junior and senior year at the University of Maryland. If it wasn’t for this scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to continue my volunteer positions and also attend medical school interviews due to financial restraints. This past semester, I have been more thankful for this generous gift than ever.”

Brian, Scholar of the Month

Posted: 01.20.15

Scholarship Brian with Governor O'Malley at the City College 175th Anniversary Gala
Brian graduated from City College in Baltimore and began his college career in the fall at Albright College.  He enjoys learning about finance and hopes to become an accountant one day.  “By becoming an accountant, I believe I can help people tremendously and bring them knowledge such as investment advice and budgeting tips to make their finances easier to manage,” writes Brian.  “By doing this, I will help people who are ignorant to the fact that they must plan for their future.”  During winter break, he volunteered at the local elementary school helping students with their homework.  Brian is planning a study abroad trip to Greece and had the opportunity to meet Governor O’Malley at last year’s City College 175th Anniversary Gala.  Brian is pictured on the left with Governor O’Malley.