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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Central Scholarship is devoted to helping individuals achieve a better life through higher education. We believe that education is a right, not a privilege and that scholarships are an investment, not an expense. We fulfill our mission by: -Funding the financial gap with grants and interest-free loans -Offering financial literacy to educate students and parents about college affordability -Honoring the achievements of our students through publications and events

Results: In 2015, Central Scholarship received 3,889 applications and we committed over $1 million in scholarships and interest-free loans to 224 students. In 2015, one third of our scholarship recipients were the first in their family to attend college.

Target demographics: students afford higher education

Geographic areas served: Maryland

Programs: over $1 million in undergraduate, graduate, and certificate training scholarships every year and free financial literacy education to our community.

Community Stories

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Anonynja

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship made college possible for me and countless other students. I have received a grant every year of my undergraduate career thanks to the amazing generosity of this program. I cannot overstate the positive impact Central Scholarship has had on my life. Not only did that first acceptance letter I received in 2012 allow me to attend Maryland's flagship university, it also gave me the confidence to apply to many more scholarships and grants. I have received the Gilman Scholarship and PPIA Princeton JSI as well as several grants from UMD. I never would have had the strength to try had it not been for Central Scholarship; I never would have gone to Chengdu, China or Princeton University and experienced great personal growth. Thank you, Central Scholarship, for kickstarting my life. The picture is from a silly moment with my mom after Central Scholarship's 2015 Annual Student Awards Ceremony in my hometown, Baltimore.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central scholarship workshops have been so informative and helpful. I have also been awarded a interest free loan, and feel supported in my education. Thank you central scholarship!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship helped me through 4 years of school. I've received multiple scholarships and an interest free loan. The staff is amazing, hard working, and kind. They do so much to help students succeed. I wouldn't be where I am without them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The first time I applied for a scholarship from Central Scholarship I didn't get one but I tried again the next year and received a great one. The staff at Central Scholarship was so helpful and quick to respond. I liked that there was the option to live chat with someone during business hours. They make it so easy to get in touch. The interview process was simple and easy. I loved that scholarship recipients were invited to an awards reception and actually got to meet their scholarship donor. This was such a great experience and it made it even more personal. I am so grateful to Central Scholarship and my scholarship donor. School was so much more affordable this year. I would definitely do it again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central scholarship has helped me greatly financially over the past few years. I appreciate all their hard and dedicated work!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

How much good Central Scholarship does by helping students who are struggling to pay for post-secondary education is remarkable. They know that more and more students are finding it near impossible to pay for school, or if they are able to pay for it, they must take on loads of debt and work part-time jobs to the detriment of their education. Through the scholarships, grants, and interest-free loans that Central Scholarship provides, they are helping to remove that much more of the burden of financing a U.S. post-secondary education and allowing so many more people the opportunity to reach new heights academically. They have done this for me, and for that, I shall always be grateful. Central Scholarship will always be one of the most important parts of my story about how I could have not made it without the help of others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship has given me a scholarship for the last two years. They treat me like a member of a family. I will always be grateful for their help in making it through college.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship helped me stay in school through their financial assistance. Everyone I came into contact with was very nice. They made me feel like their partner, not a needy student. I am tremendously grateful to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship is an excellent non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships and student financial aid to students. I have been fortunate to have been chosen as a recipient of the Straus Foundation Scholars Grant throughout my undergraduate studies. This scholarship opportunity has assisted me tremendously, and i hold heartfelt regards for organizations such as Central Scholarship. It is a honor to be granted the award that has made my academic funding less of a burden during my school term.

I pledge to work hard and eventually give something back to others, both as a physical therapist and possibly a scholarship to future students like myself.

Regards,

Raven Jones

Shira K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship has such a noble mission. They are there to help college students get through college. They really care about all the students they help and are so proud of us when we reach our milestones. It's one thing to give someone money, it's a much bigger kindness to give someone a job. In essence, this is what Central Scholarship does. They help students on the path to their career, which will help in so many ways, and for generations to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship is a full service scholarship organization. Besides for providing such helpful funding, they are also always there to help and take pride in all the successes of each individual. I am so grateful to Central Scholarship for being there for me throughout my years in college, which I attended while raising 4 young children. Thank you, CS!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship really helped to aliveate my financial burden, allowing me focus on my studies more. It means allot to me that someone out there cares to help me get an education.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great scholarship program! I cannot thank them enough for the generous loan and scholarship offers awarded me. They have made it easier for me to no worry too much about the cost of education so I can focus on learning. Thank you so very much!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very fortunate to have a received a scholarship through Central Scholarship throughout my graduate career at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The staff made me feel welcomed and were open to listening to what I had to say during the interview process. They do a wonderful job communicating with me and helped me when I needed it. They thrive to keep their mission and I believe that they are achieving what they are setting out to do. I am very happy to have received this help as money for school, especially graduate school is not cheap, and having to take out less loans helps put the focus more on school, and less on finances. Overall, a wonderful nonprofit! :)