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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: prospective college students & people seeking vocational training for employment

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

127 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.

Promise O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a central scholarship award recipient since 2009, and this organization and it's staff have been amazing. Not only did central scholarship help me secure an undergraduate education from johns hopkins university, it i also facilitating my doctoral education in nurse anesthesia. I am glad to be a member/student in the central scholarship family. Central scholarship rocks!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship supported me during undergraduate education at John Hopkins and is currently funding a significant portion of my doctoral education in Nurse Anesthesia. The funding from Central Scholarship was/is beyond generous, but the "college cash" events are phenomenal. It was during a college cash event that I learned invaluable tips for school selection, as well as discovered sources of other outside funding. Central Scholarship as an organization and it's indefatigable staff members, is amazing!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship astounded me with their generous contribution toward my college education. Their help was immense, and I can only express my deepest gratitude. Thanks for enabling me to pursue my degree in accounting worry free.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Central Scholarship awarded me with a scholarship that allowed me to live on campus my freshman year of college. Without them I wouldn't have been able to do it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a first generation college graduate. I wanted to continue my education and get a Master's Degree in Social Work. Through central scholarship I was able to apply to one of their graduate student scholarships and receive the financial assistance I needed to make my dream come true and continue school. As of this moment I am almost done with my first semester of graduate studies and one step closer. Thank you Central Scholarship.

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Central Scholarship launched my college career by providing generous financial support as well as a network of fellow students, supportive staff and kind donors. The application process was streamlined and handled professionally with clear and open communication, with an easy-to-find location and friendly staff managing the interviews. The scholarship recipient event was lovely and introduced us to each other and some of our stories. I must thank Jennifer Bauer and Angela Harrison for their help during the application and scholarship disbursement process, which I began two years ago in doubt that I would even be able to attend college. I am now a double major at the University of Maryland, College Park and have been studying abroad in China for the past year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship allowed me to get an interest-free loan and pursue a Master's in Environmental Policy. The staff was extremely helpful through and after the application process, even calling me the next year to ensure I did not miss the deadline for my second year of graduate school. Thank you for helping me achieve my career goals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a post-bacc student who was looking for a second chance to get the education I wanted and Central Scholarship helped make it happen. This organization is unique because it takes the time to really get to know their scholarship recipients. I could not believe how welcoming they were and enjoyed meeting everyone that was involved in this wonderful process. This organization has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people who want to help others receive an education without drowning in debt which has inspired me to work hard so I could also donate towards a scholarship and help other students achieve their dreams.

Thank you Central Scholarship for giving me the chance to pursue my dreams without being weighed down by increasing college education costs.

I am eternally grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship helped me make it through graduate school. They are always so helpful and really helped me through my education through both scholarships and interest free loans! I thank them greatly!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship Bureau is a fantastic organization that truly eased the financial burden of four years of college followed by three years of law school. I will be forever grateful for the scholarships and interest-free loans they provided me. Additionally, the staff was helpful and knowledgeable and readily answered all of my questions. I cannot speak highly enough of Central Scholarship Bureau.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship helped me get through nursing school with an interest free loan. However, they provide more than just financial support. CSB offers all kinds of free classes to help students plan their careers and become financially responsible. Additionally, the staff at CSB got to know me personally. They took an interest in my success and acted as cheerleaders throughout my education and subsequent career.