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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.

Scholar of the Month, Jacqueline Green

Posted: 03.20.12

Central Scholarship recipient Jacqueline Green

“When I dance,” says Jacqueline Green, “I feel like I’m free and like my body moves from a natural beat: my heart.”  Jacqueline discovered her love of dance when she was in high school and she has stuck with it ever since; she plans to still be dancing when she’s eighty.  Jacqueline loves all kinds of dance from ballet to West African.  She considers herself part of an elite crowd; not too many African Americans can say that they love ballet.

Jacqueline’s mother always encouraged her to pursue her interests even if the family could not pay for them.  Because her mother has six dependants, including an elderly parent and another daughter in college, paying for Jacqueline to attend Fordham University has been quite a struggle.  To alleviate some of the financial burden, Jacqueline worked part-time.  Nevertheless, Jacqueline is determined to share her love of dancing with others.  She taught children in her local community to dance and believes that she can inspire people through her own dancing.  “On stage,” Jacqueline says, “I want to dance in a way that people feel something from the movement I present to them.”

Through her education at Fordham, Jacqueline has perfected her technique and discovered levels of difficulty within dance that she never knew existed.  She has learned to eat, sleep, and breathe dance, as well as attend all-day rehearsals and keep up with schoolwork.  “I want to spread my zeal for dance to everyone from audience members to the familiar people who watch me dance everywhere I go,” Jacqueline says.

Jacqueline was accepted into the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Company this year.  Her bio page with the company can be seen here.  The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is coming to Baltimore in May and tickets can be found here.

Announcing $5,000 Scholarship To One Student Attending College Cash 101

Posted: 03.12.12

College Cash 101 logo

All students at this year’s COLLEGE CASH 101 event will be eligible to win a $5,000 MONEY® Magazine scholarship.  Space is filling up quickly so register soon.  Every year, Central Scholarship provides students the opportunity to learn about financial literacy.

This year, attendees will walk away with knowledge in the college financial aid letter, basic budgeting, the perils of credit, and repaying student loans. We also include a session on post-college employability designed to help students understand what to expect after graduation.

Read about Central Scholarship’s annual College Cash event here.

Two Weeks Left to Apply For Scholarships

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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.

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.

National Student Loan Expert to Speak at College Cash 101 on 3/31/2012

Posted: 03.06.12

National Student Loan Expert Heather Jarvis

Heather Jarvis, National Student Loan Expert, will hold free sessions on how to pay back student loans at this year’s College Cash 101.

Heather graduated from Duke University School of Law cum laude owing $125,000 in student loans and facing 30-years’ worth of $1,200 monthly payments. No one ever told Heather that she couldn’t afford to go to Duke, even though, um, she couldn’t. Her mother was a modestly paid executive assistant and her father a mostly unemployed Shakespearean actor.

Heather didn’t realize she couldn’t afford an expensive education until after she got one.  Heather has practiced public interest law for more than a dozen years. Six years ago, Equal Justice Works hired Heather to become a student loan expert and reduce the financial barriers to practicing public interest law.

Heather has contributed to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee and others in Congress, and has dedicated her professional efforts to advancing public service loan forgiveness which allows recent graduates to dedicate their careers to the greater good. Heather leads efforts to establish and expand debt relief programs and to inform borrowers, schools, and employers about how to benefit from available debt relief programs.

Widely recognized by school professionals and media representatives as an expert source of information, Heather has trained thousands of students and professionals and is sought after for her sophisticated legal knowledge and accessible teaching style.  For more on Heather, click here.

Every year, Central Scholarship provides students the opportunity to learn about financial literacy.  We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with MONEY Magazine for this year’s event.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis and space is limited.  This event is open to students, parents, and education professionals.  To learn more and register for this year’s event, click here.