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Hadja, 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.”

Wells Fargo Vocational Scholarship and Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Vocational Scholarship recipient Ernestine Saddler

Ernestine, Scholar of the Month

Posted: 11.27.13

Last year, Ernestine Saddler decided to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse, which she had to abandon to care for an ailing family member.  Ernestine altered her career plans and aimed for a CNA/GNA (Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistant) certificate.  She writes, “In February 2013 I received the opportunity to obtain my Certification as a Nursing Assistant with the help of Central Scholarship, which became the catalyst to jump start my career goals in the healthcare field.  Although I am not a Licensed Registered Nurse, I am determined to become one and with baby steps I will achieve this goal.”

Central Scholarship awarded Ernestine with a Wells Fargo Vocational Scholarship and a Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Vocational Scholarship.  Our funding allowed Ernestine to earn her CNA/GNA certificate.  She reapplied with us this year to move up and earn her PCT (Patient Care Technician) certificate at Stein Academy.  With this under her belt, Ernestine will be able to earn more doing what she loves while she begins taking prerequisite courses toward her nursing degree.

For those interested in career and technology training, Central Scholarship offers vocational scholarships.  The vocational scholarship application remains open year-round and scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.  The vocational scholarship application will close briefly for the holidays on December 15th, 2013 and re-open on January 1st, 2014.  The application will remain open through December of 2014.

Tierra, Single Mother & Scholar of the Month

Posted: 01.24.13

January’s Scholar of the Month is Tierra Mills — a top student in her pharmacy technician cohort at CCBC.  Tierra is a single mother of two daughters and she is determined to set a positive example for her children.  Interested in a pharmacist career, Tierra knew that she was unable to attend school full time at this time and decided that she would enter the field through pharmacy technician training.  Without a scholarship, Tierra would have been forced to take out a student loan.  Tierra writes, “Paying back student loans would only hinder my dream of moving out of my neighborhood and providing a better future for both my kids and me.”  At Central Scholarship, we are especially proud to help driven single mothers pursue their careers of choice through certificate training, undergraduate school, or graduate programs.

If you are interested in scholarships for  classes at CCBC in pharmacy tech and CDL training, the deadline is March 15th and the application can be found here.  If you are pursuing certificate training at a community college or private career school such as HVAC or nursing assistant, apply for a scholarship here.  For vocational training, the scholarship application deadline is a rolling deadline.  Students may apply anytime as applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.

For undergraduate and graduate students, the application deadline is April 1st and the application is available here.

Join us for a Commercial Vehicle (CDL) Training Open House this weekend

Posted: 09.12.12

Tire of a truck on the highwayIn a new partnership with CCBC, we are excited to offer scholarships for vocational training in many fields.  If you are interested in CDL/Commercial Driving certification, join us in Pasadena this weekend for an Open House.  Did you know that our vocational scholarship application is open all year round?  It’s true.  So if you or someone you know needs help paying for certificate training programs such as CNA/GNA, CDL/Commercial Driving, Physical Therapist Aide, HVAC, Pharmacy Tech, Construction and more, send them our way for help paying for training. Questions?  Call our office at 410-415-5558.

CCBC Commercial Vehicle Training Open House Flyer

Career Training Scholarships Available — Apply now

Posted: 08.13.12

Community College of Baltimore County logo

READY TO START A CAREER?  We can help you get the training you need.

In partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County, Central Scholarship is offering scholarships to students pursuing career training.

How the Program Works

  • You must apply and be accepted to participate in your chosen training program (HVAC, construction, commercial driving, physical therapist aide, pharmacy tech).
  • To be eligible, you must be a Baltimore City resident with a high school diploma or G.E.D. and a family income of $66,000 or below.
  • Class schedules will be determined once all participants are selected. All classes will begin in fall 2012. Night and weekend classes will be made available if possible.
  • Classes will be held at CCBC campuses (Catonsville, Essex, Dundalk, Randallstown, Pasadena, or Hunt Valley – varies by training program).
  • The cost of the training is funded by grants.
  • Each student is expected to invest up to $200 toward the cost of texts and tools.
  • Job placement assistance will be available once training is complete.

How to Apply:  Click here.

Application deadline:  August 31, 2012.

Application is online only.  If you are chosen as a semi-finalist, we will contact you for an interview.  CCBC will register accepted students when classes begin.

Questions? Call 410-415-5558 or email Angela Harrison, [email protected]

Chantal Lievers is our Scholar of the Month

Posted: 07.31.12

Abell Foundation Grant recipient Chantal Lievers

“I would like to express my deepest thanks for believing, having faith, and taking part in my dream to continue my education,” writes Chantal Lievers upon receiving news that she received a scholarship.  “Thank you for the opportunity to expand my education and open up new avenues in my life.  I will put forth my best efforts and do everything possible to make you proud.  When no one else gave me this opportunity, you made it possible!”

Chantal is this month’s featured scholar.  We awarded Chantal with funds from the Abell Foundation Grant to complete training in Phlebotomy at Sojourner Douglass College.  Chantal is a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and had been for seven years after high school.  She decided to further herself by becoming certified as a phlebotomist through Baltimore City Community College.  She is passionate about helping her patients and enjoys working with senior citizens.  Due to finances, she was unable to further her education.  Once she found Central Scholarship, she knew she was on her way.  She writes, “I hold my education and work ethic in high regard.  I promise that I will not let anything hinder my chance at success.”

Central Scholarship is holding an information session this week (Thursday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 4th) for all those interested in HVAC, Commercial Driving, Construction, and Healthcare training.  We have scholarships available for Baltimore City residents looking to train in these areas.  For more information, please see flyer below or call our office at 410-415-5558.

Career Training Student Information Session Flyer

Zaketa, Scholar of the Month

Posted: 02.22.12

Central Scholarship Career and Technology Scholarship recipient Zaketa Lightfoot

Thirty-three year-old Zaketa Lightfoot was valedictorian of her class at the It Works Learning Center in 2011.  Now a graduate of the CNA/GNA (Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant) training program, Zaketa is looking forward to employment.  Central Scholarship awarded Zaketa with a Career and Technology Scholarship which allowed her to afford classes at the It Works Learning Center.  For 14 years, the It Works Learning Center has trained and placed thousands of graduates in jobs in and around Baltimore.  It Works is licensed by and in good standing with the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Central Scholarship has been offering Career and Technology Scholarships for students since 2008 and we continue to help more and more students with each year.  Just this month, we announced a $350,000 grant awarded to us by the Abell Foundation that will enable us to help over one hundred Baltimore City students attain career and technology training.  Unlike our college scholarship application, we accept applications for career and vocational training scholarships on a rolling basis throughout the year.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 410-415-5558 or click here to apply for career and technology training scholarships.