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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

128 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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

1

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! :)

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.

1

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.

1

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!

1

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.