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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

5 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.


Rating: 4

very usefull and there are a lot of candidates for this scholarship and not easy to be one of the winners.


Rating: 5

Where would I be without central scholarship? As a nursing student and a mom, I dedicate all my time to school and parenting. Unfortunately that means I cant work because nursing school is gruelling. That also means I cannot afford to pay for tuition. Central Scholarship granted me a much needed scholarship that covered about 50% of my tuition. This was a tremendous relief. Those who have to pay full tuition out of pocket or with loans will attest to the headache and anxiety that can result from not having money by the deadline. I am very greatful for this opportunity to attain my academic goals stress-free. This has inspired me. I know that when I graduate, I will join the good work that central scholarship does to help less opportuned people like myself achieve their dreams.


Rating: 5

Central Scholarship is by far one of the most beneficial programs for individuals such as myself. I come from a minority background and programs like this are fundamental to my success. I am a second year law student and would not know where I would be without such a caring and compassionate program and more so employees. This has helped me achieve a milestone in my life.



Rating: 5

Central Scholarship is AMAZING!!!! I have taken out a loan and I have received a scholarship every year for college. I do not know what I would have done without their support.


Rating: 5

CSB has been a gate opener on allowing me to pursue my dreams as a lawyer. The loan and scholarship I received makes me work that much harder to show the donors they did not waste their money and time on me. I must say this scholarship has impacted my life, and I would like to say thank you CSB!!!!!