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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

134 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: 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.

Previous Stories

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to a scholarship provided by Central Scholarship I was able to continue in my journey to get an MSW! THANK YOU!

Dejen A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank central scholarship for its grant to study Advanced HVAC certificate. They have been warm, friendly and interactive with all queries that I had. I am grateful to the donors and all stuff members of the central scholarship for their demanding and lasting change they accorded to me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship has been wonderful. They granted me a no-interest loan when I decided to go back to school to become a nurse, which has been a fulfilling (but debt-filled!) career move. My repayment schedule is generous, and the organization is always responsive to my questions. THANK YOU!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to central scholarship two years ago to get my C.D.L. license. Until that point i struggled tremendously to provide for my family. I am an ex-offender and couldnt not maintain gainful employment. To keep it short,central scholarship drastically changed my life for the better. Ms. Angela Harrison was awesome. Truly a godsend. She helped me through the entire process. Always smiling and gracious. I truly dont know how myblife would be right now if not for central scholarship. I wanna thank you all again for myself and my family. You changed my life. Saved me from myself. THANK YOU.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has received a scholarship from Central Scholarship for the past four years, we are most grateful for the help of this organization, it was much needed and we appreciate their help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship Bureau gave me a substantial grant for graduate school. They were very friendly and caring throughout the process, and seemed truly interested in helping me to reach my goals. I am very grateful to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank the Central Scholarship Bureau for the tremendous financial assistance they have provided me with! I am committed to teaching in urban schools, and I wanted to attend graduate school to strengthen my practices for the benefit of my students. Prior to accepting the offer into Johns Hopkins, I was nervous that the cost of attending the University would be impossible to cover. The Central Scholarship Bureau has significantly alleviated the financial burden of attending graduate school. Their assistance has helped me to channel my focus solely on my learning and development in the program, without the distraction of financial stress. Thank you, thank you, thank you Central Scholarship Bureau! You have not only demonstrated your commitment to me, but moreover, to every student I encounter!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank central scholarship and their fantastic staff. The central scholarship grant allowed me to get my CDL A license. I'm now moving up at my job and earning a decent living wage, which allows me to help others. None of this would have been possible without central scholarship.

Thank you,
Sean Mallory

Julie243

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to have the opportunity of having a scholarship through Central Scholarship. I attended the event held in Baltimore and it was great networking with other students who are all trying to take the next steps of achieving their goals! I felt so motivated and proud to be a part of this wonderful scholarship program! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship is a great organization that helps students young and old reach their educational goals! It really helps make it all possible for many people! Interest can add so much to repayment plans and an interest-free loan is such a special gift for any student who needs to take out loans to pay for school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is maurice central scholarship is an excellent organization that helped me through school I could not have done without them

Mike165

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization with a fantastic mission. They provide very useful informational resources as well as financial resources. I have personally benefitted from their scholarships two years in a row, and am very grateful for the support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am extremely grateful for CSB's help with my undergrad education. I graduated almost 3 years ago and I still remember my interview with them my senior year of high school. Everyone was welcoming and nice. I was really appreciative of their reward that was a great help to me during my 4 years in school. It really made a difference. Thank you CSB!