Today 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.