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Stephanie, Class of 2016

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.

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.”

Application Opens Jan 1st

Posted: 12.22.14

female graduate holding a diploma

It’s that time of year, again.  The 2015 application for degree-seeking students opens on January 1, 2015.  Applicants are considered for more than 40 scholarship programs via submission of the 2015 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 2015 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.

General Eligibility Criteria

• Maryland resident (or live within 200 miles of Baltimore City)
• US Citizen/Permanent Resident
• Enrolled in or planning to attend an accredited college/university
o Graduating high school senior
o Undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior
o 1st year, 2nd year, or 3rd year graduate student
o Professional student (J.D., D.D.S, etc.)
• Family income below $90,000
• 2.8 GPA or higher to be competitive