This year’s College Cash 101 was the best received seminar yet. It was our fourth year in a row offering the service to students in Maryland. Students and parents attended free sessions in Baltimore and Columbia and learned about the scholarship search, money management, and student loans. We are grateful to our generous sponsors — BB&T, Howard County General Hospital, and SECU, for their support.
Our keynote speaker, Joseph Lorick, opened the session with a lively discussion about the importance of thinking about one’s future before signing on the dotted line. Joseph wrote Did Everything But Think (D.E.B.T) — a guide to avoiding debt traps while on the path to financial freedom. Joseph graduated from the 3rd oldest high school in the country, Baltimore City College, in 1999. He went on to earn his bachelors in business administration from Bowie State University. As a senior, Joseph began his career in banking and has never stopped. He has worked in Collections, Credit, Mortgage, Consumer Loans, Consumer Checking, Small Business Checking and Strategies for ten years. During this time, he has spoken with thousands of customers and gained extensive knowledge about the financial habits of American citizens.
Our program staff (Roberta Goldman, Angela Harrison, and Jennifer Bauer) shared tips on how to stand out in the application pool and advised the audience about different types of student loans. We had 100 students in attendance at the University of Baltimore College Cash session, and 120 attending the Columbia session at Howard County General Hospital. Those who attended are eligible for one of three College Cash 101 Scholarships. We are receiving applications for this scholarship now and results will be announced in May, June, and July via our twitter and facebook pages. The first place College Cash 101 scholarship for $1,250 will be announced and awarded at Central Scholarship’s Annual Student Awards Ceremony in July.