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.
Central Scholarship changed the course of my life. Without their support, I would not have been able to pursue or complete a college degree. That college degree has opened up pathways for me to advance my career in the field of higher education. Now, I work full-time at a University, supporting student programs focused on social impact and social change. Because of what Central Scholarship was able to do for me, I can now work to support other students in discovering their passion, their purpose, and ultimately, leading lives to contribute to our society in deep, meaningful ways.
I am a first-generation graduate from a low-income family. In high school, I worked evenings, weekends, and during the summer. Even though I had saved each paycheck, I still did not have enough to pay for my tuition, supplies, and housing in full. Central Scholarship's supports drastically decreased the loans I needed to withdraw, and, only a short 2 years out of school, I was debt free. Because of this, my lifestyle will be different. The work I pursue is different. My giving and service is different. Having the burden of debt, and the gift of a college degree, has allowed me to give back in my work and personal life. I hope one day to give back to Central Scholarship so that they can continue their mission and the wonderful work they do.
I greatly appreciate the financial education and assistance received from Central Scholarship over the years. The organization does not only provide scholarships and free-interest loans, it also gives financial education through its annual financial seminars for high school students in the Fall/Winter and college students/graduates in the summer. These seminars have been a great source of information about scholarships, grants, and other financial aid assistance from other organizations including private and public institutions for college students. My only regret is that I learned about Central Scholarship while in college and did not have the opportunity to participate in their previous college financial aid seminars. Moreover, as a first-generation college student, navigating through the financial aid process and means of paying for college was daunting for me and my family, but being part of Central Scholarship’s annual seminar alleviated most of that burden as they provided information on resources outside their organization to assist me.
As an undergraduate, I attended a small liberal art college in Maryland and the cost of attendance was huge. Thanks to Central Scholarship’s financial assistance and its staff directing me to other financial resources including local and state grants as well as private scholarships from other organizations I never knew existed. Without such help, it would have been difficult to continue my education and might have dropped out of school, but their monetary support saw me through graduation. As a current graduate student, the scholarship provided by this organization has alleviated my financial anxiety and helped me focus on my academics rather than means of paying for my education. The scholarship also assisted me to reduce my working hours to take up an internship opportunity that will allow me to gain work experience and greatly improve my employment prospects. I am deeply grateful to all the staff at Central Scholarship for their commitment and dedication to assisting students like us to realize our dreams by lessening our academic financial burdens.
Thank you again to the team at Central Scholarship. They are true to their stated mission of enabling driven individuals who would like to "go higher" in their education to do so. Recognizing the high dividends of investing in promising students' education, they have created an accessible program that financially allows hundreds of students to focus and reach their ambitious academic goals. As a personal example, Central Scholarship has continuously been supporting my family of five as my wife and I both embark on and travel along our graduate and post-graduate education. We deeply feel that without the help of Central Scholarship, our professional development would have been much more difficult to attain. Investing in Central Scholarship is clearly an investment in the future of society at large!
Thank you so much Central Scholarship! This generous funding has helped me tremendously as I pursue my graduate education. Warmest wishes that you can successfully continue to assist the many Maryland students who depend on your scholarships and interest-free loans.
I am lucky enough to have been chosen to receive a scholarship through Central Scholarship two years in a row! The donors, administrators, and all involved at Central Scholarship have been warm, helpful, and welcoming at all points throughout applying for and receiving the award.
Central Scholarship is an organization run by wonderful people who made the decision to assist me more than once in my academic career. I received a scholarship award from Central Scholarship in 2012 after graduating high school and attending college as a first-generation student. The Central Scholarship team appreciated my story and genuinely believed in my ability to excel academically. After starting a family, I took some time off school, and eventually transferred to Towson University where I am now an accounting major and master's in accounting candidate. Again, the people at Central Scholarship trusted in my journey and awarded me two scholarships to finish school. As a single mother I am beyond grateful for the organization's support over the years, and I hope that it continues to help students achieve higher education.
Central Scholarship made a Master's of Social Work possible for me. Their scholarships are strategically targeted in the areas with the most need, to make the most impact on the Baltimore community. I appreciated not only the financial support but also professional network my scholarship provided, and as a result I am more than happy in my new career.
I'm so grateful to the Central Scholarship Foundation for supporting my Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Their scholarships and interest-free loans truly open the doors to people from different backgrounds and make it that EVERYONE can have access to higher education.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!!
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! :)
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!!!
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!!!
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.
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.