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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.

We Are Paying Off Student Loan Debt

Posted: 06.02.15

We have big news! Earlier today, Central Scholarship announced a brand-new, life changing program to our current scholarship recipients. Debt-free, or close to it – that’s the promise we make to one of our recipients in attendance at the Student Awards Ceremony on August 5! Central Scholarship will wipe out the undergraduate student loan debt, up to the national average, for one lucky recent graduate. The winner will be selected at random from those who apply. Watch this short video to learn more.

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.

 

 

Hadja, Scholar of the Month

Posted: 06.30.14

Kenneth S. Battye Charitable Trust recipient Hadja Barry and her father
Hadja Barry’s family is from West Africa.  When Hadja graduated from high school, she worked at a day care center because she enjoys helping others.  She decided that healthcare was a field worth looking into since she wanted to help others and begin a career with the potential to move up in the future.  Hadja’s mother is a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and Hadja decided to follow in her footsteps with the hope of becoming a Registered Nurse down the road.  Hadja writes, “I just don’t want a job—I want a career! I am the oldest of four and putting a burden on my parents isn’t something I want to do.”  Hadja applied to Central Scholarship in hopes of earning a scholarship to help pay for CNA/GNA training.   We awarded Hadja with help from the Kenneth S. Battye Charitable Trust and Hadja completed her CNA/GNA certificate training this year.  She is pictured with her father above.

To apply for certificate training scholarships, click here and scroll down to “Career or Technology Training Students.”

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.

Central Scholarship President, Jan Wagner, selected for Leadership Maryland Class of 2012

Posted: 03.07.12

Central Scholarship President Jan WagnerANNAPOLIS, MD– Jan M. Wagner, president and CEO, Central Scholarship, Baltimore, and a resident of Easton, has been selected for the Leadership Maryland Class of 2012, its 20th Anniversary Class.  Founded in 1992, Leadership Maryland is an independent, educational, non-profit organization designed to inform top-level executives, from the public and private sectors, about the critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the state of Maryland and its regions.  Wagner is one of 52 accomplished and talented statewide leaders selected to participate in the eight-month program.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, participants will attend five two-day, and one one-day intense sessions focusing on issues, such as, economic development, education, health and human services, criminal and juvenile justice, environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity.  More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“The participants represent a broad spectrum of highly qualified executives from an extraordinary group of statewide applicants,” according to Nancy Minieri, founding president and CEO of Leadership Maryland.  “After participating in a comprehensive range of experiences during this milestone anniversary year, these leaders will serve as important participants in the unified effort to shape Maryland’s future.”  Leadership Maryland is one of 34 state leadership programs nationwide and has graduated over 900 statewide leaders.

For more information, contact Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant, Development Director. 410-415-5558 or [email protected]

“Donor How To Series” — Part 1: How To Set Up A Scholarship Fund

Posted: 02.16.12

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Welcome to the first installment of our Donor How To Series.  There are many ways in which donors may contribute to Central Scholarship.  In this series, we’ll explain the most popular ways to give.  To start off, let’s dive into one of the most commonly asked questions we get — “How do I set up a scholarship fund at Central Scholarship?”

In 2009, Kyle Patrick Wankmiller died suddenly and tragically.  Just 17 years old, Kyle and his soon-to-be stepbrother, Connor Peterson, were struck by a light rail train in Lutherville, Maryland.  To commemorate his life, Kyle’s grandparents, Mickey and Carole Fox, made a generous pledge of $100,000 to establish a memorial scholarship fund in his name.  Their generous gift promises to help future Central Scholarship students and pays tribute to Kyle’s life for many years to come.

Central Scholarship has a long history of giving donors the opportunity to set up scholarship funds honoring loved ones.  Our history of creating these funds dates back to the 1920s.  Families have set up different types of funds, including memorial funds to honor the life of a loved one and establish a legacy.

Today, we continue to offer the opportunity to create named scholarship funds with a minimum $5,000 contribution.  We also offer an option to maintain the name of the scholarship fund in perpetuity for a minimum of a $50,000 contribution.