Central Scholarship

Rating: 4.93 stars   101 reviews

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Location: 6 Park Center Court Suite 211 Owings Mills MD 21117 USA

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 2014, Central Scholarship received over 5,000 applications from students and we committed over $1 million in scholarships and interest-free loans to 220 students. In 2014, 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.
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EIN 52-6012589
410-415-5558
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Rating: 5 stars  

Central scholarship has made it possible for me to currently be in my second year in college pursuing my degree in psychology and French. I knew about this scholarship since high school and thank God for my college advisor, if not I wouldn't have been in the school I am today. I attend McDaniel college it's a small suburban college in Westminster Maryland and it's private which means it's every expensive but it was my dream school. And thanks to central scholarship I can attend this amazing institution. We not only get to meet our donors face to face (unlike other scholarships), they check up on us and make sure we are on the right track and keep us updated on things. I love this organization and I don't know where I'll be without it. I'm from Cameroon west Africa and when I came to the United States three years ago I had no idea how to pay for college but central scholarship chose me to

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was very stressed out during my senior year of high school as I worried about how I would pay for college. As a recipient of the Wagner Endowed Grant, I am extremely grateful to say that my first year of college is paid for. I am very thankful for Central Scholarship and I hope to one day give back so I can help someone pay for school in the same way Central Scholarship helped me.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Receiving the Marjorie Cook Award from Central Scholarship was a life-changing experience. It not only helped me finance graduate school but gave me a sense of inspiration- I was honored to be recognized for my efforts in women's advocacy. It pushed me to work harder in school and stay involved in the community. The Program Manager, Jennifer, always offered prompt feedback and encouragement. She and the organization are wonderful!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Central Scholarship helped me really succeed at the University of Maryland and through their generosity I was able to graduate debt-free, making it possible for me to go to pharmacy school. With their support, I didn't have to work every weekend during my undergraduate years and could focus solely on learning, community service, and developing myself. They don't only give scholarships, they go above and beyond to help shape students into prepared leaders for the future. Their financial literacy seminars were invaluable to me and prepared me for the loan process I had to work with in graduate school. They provided networking opportunities for me with other scholarship recipients and have always gone above and beyond to help scholarship recipient develop and to listen to our feedback for improvements.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make more people aware of this amazing organization!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

CSB really helped change my college experience. While I could afford to go to college with my parents help, it was a real strain and I had to work so much that it cut into my study time. With CSB's generous help I was able to graduate in 4 years with a degree in biochemistry and study abroad for a summer in Spain which I never would have been able to do otherwise. I continued working as a resident assistant for room and board but luckily I was able to graduate debt free with just that one job. They communicate in a very prompt and effective manner and are so compassionate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving a scholarship and attending quite a few of their workshops.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

just make more people aware of it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Getting accepted to the University of Maryland was exciting but the thought of paying for tuition was a bit worry some for me because my mom was a hardworking single parent and had to support not just me but my older brother and my twin brother as well. When I received the scholarship from Central Scholarship, I felt a huge lift of the financial burden, not only off my mom but also off me as well. Central Scholarship has helped to give me the opportunity of achieving my career goals and personal goals. Getting this scholarship was a constant reminder that "hard work pays off,' what a breeze this semester has been for me financially! I will forever be so grateful for the scholarship, the chance to be given the opportunity to make a diffidence for not only myself but others.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have received multiple scholarships from Central Scholarship over the years and they have always been so great to me. They offer multiple financial aid opportunities and really make sure they help out a vast amount of students, like myself, that are in need and/or have shown great merit. With these scholarships, I have been able to focus on my studies and continue into graduate school where I am studying physical therapy. Someday I hope to help others with my skill sets and give back to the community the way Central Scholarship did with me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes necessary, they provide so much vital information about finances and school that I would not even think to ask for!

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Central Scholarship has helped me to realize my dream of becoming a clinical social worker working with victims of complex trauma. This is a difficult field and financial opportunities are few and far between. By granting me an interest free loan, Central Scholarship allowed me to focus on my career path during and after graduate school without the constant worry of interest being added to my loan. This gave me the opportunity to take several unpaid and low paying opportunities at some of the best mental health facilities in the country, including Johns Hopkins Hospital and Sheppard Pratt. Without the help of Central Scholarship I would not be where I am in my career today. I am so thankful for the work that they are dedicated to doing for the betterment of both individuals and the community as a whole.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Central Scholarship has been a great organization to work with. Not only have they provided me with a scholarship, but their staff members are great to work with, too. I'm so thankful for the support I received from CSB...without that support, I would have had to seriously reconsider pursuing higher education. Thank you!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a recipient of the Marjorie Cook scholarship, which is awarded to female graduate students with a demonstrated passion for women’s rights and equality. When I found out about the scholarship, I felt like it had been created just for me! The application process was thorough but painless, and I really enjoyed talking with the staff of Central Scholarship.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A little

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Central Scholarship Bureau is truly an amazing and caring organization, passionate about education and student advocacy. CSB made the difference for me affording law school. The staff are extremely accessible and knowledgable. CSB always hosts events aimed at educating students about higher education and student financing, ensuring that they empower their clients.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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