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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.

Demetrius M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship not only provides scholarships for school but they educate and distribute essential information for navigating the web of education financing opportunities. They have been instrumental in my success at patching together funding for my second degree.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central scholarship gave me the opportunity to go to college. When I found out that I had received one of their scholarships, I was overcome with joy. They were able to see who I was, and that's what makes Central Scholarship one of the best there is. I'm so glad to have found out about this foundation.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship Bureau is a blessing to so many. I have learned this first hand by being the recipient of a very generous scholarship from CSB. CSB helped me beat the odds of falling prey to the negatives of inner city Baltimore, by providing financial support for me to explore the realms of academics in college. I can credit my recent admission into Towson University's nursing program to the folks at CSB. Central Scholarship Bureau recognized potential in me but also gave me a standard to strive for academically, sending me on a trajectory towards success.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was most grateful for the support that Central Scholarship offered me in support of my further education. The organization has a wonderful mission and a great history. Everyone with whom I have been in contact there has been exceptionally friendly and supportive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship has helped me fund my graduate education through private scholarships and interest free loans. Without CSB, I would not have been able to fund my final year of school without going into debt. They have made a huge difference in my life and education because now, instead of working part time and dedicating less time to my studies, I can devote the time that is needed without worrying how I will be able to afford my next tuition bill. Additionally, the staff at CSB is amazing. they make themselves so accommodating and have been very helpful to me. Finally, CSB's College Cash seminars are such a wonderful free resource-they provide education, scholarship opportunities and resources in one evening. I owe CSB much gratitude for all that they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Affording graduate school is daunting and there are few good financial aid options available. Central Scholarship Bureau provided a valuable resource to apply for scholarships and interest free loans at the graduate level. Additionally, they provided other helpful events to educate, provide guidance, and support students in their journey through paying for their education. They were extremely thoughtful, sensitive, and caring in all my correspondences with them. Their work is so crucial and the help is so needed.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I won the college cash scholarship they offered and it was extremely helpful in aiding my studies at University of Maryland. I am extremely grateful for their time and commitment and their customer service was so fast and friendly. Even though they have a lot of people to manage, they were still so good at getting to everyone's questions and needs. Thank you Central Scholarship! I cannot Thank you enough!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship provided me with an interest-free loan which greatly helped me in my completing nursing school. Thanks for a great organization and a great cause!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central scholarship has truly gone far and beyond what was necessary to help me with my financial burden. They have provided me with guidance throughout the financial process. It is not simply about solving an issue and then ceasing communication. Rather, I remain in contact with them constantly because of the family atmosphere in the office.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thank Central Scholarship enough for extending me for the second year an award to assist me with college. The gift really helped reduced some of my college expenses. I am able to focus more on my studies without the worry about various costs in attending college. My family and I thank you ever so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship is an excellent resource for students in Maryland to obtain scholarships for college. I was one of the fortunate recipents of an award. The award has afforded me the opportunity to focus on my educational goals and my committment to excellence. As a recipent, I will always be grateful and will always continue to give back to the community in some form or fashion. I am so thankful for such an organization.

Elisa C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much Central Scholarship. The scholarship really goes a long way in helping me attend graduate school!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central scholarship made my dream of going to college a reality for my parents. I am so thankful to them, plus it was so easy to apply.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know what I would have done without the interest free loan I received from CSB. I have so many friends drowning in student loan debt and fees. The help I got from CSB took a lot of pressure off of my family, and now that I'm graduated I don't feel like I'm paying back beyond my means. Great organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am thankful for Central Scholarship's commitment to helping students pursue their goals. I am a law student, laden with debt from my graduate school education. Central Scholarship helped ease that burden in my last year, and allowed me to continue pursuing my goals of advocating for women's rights. The pressure of school debt pushes many would be non-profit lawyers into the private sector. Central Scholarship is providing the assistance students need to continue viewing public service as a possibility for their future career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sometimes, you experience angels in your life. That would be the Central Scholarship Bureau for me. Because of Central Scholarship, I am able to pursue my dream of becoming a musician by attending an amazing music school in Boston. Being raised in a single-parent household where groceries trumped private music lessons, I taught myself how to play the guitar and piano. When I was accepted into music school, Central Scholarship was a driving force in helping me actually attend the school. Someday, someway, I know I will be able to return the favor and help other needy students. For now, I daily thank Central Scholarship for all of their support and guidance. As a group, they truly are so wonderful and helpful! Central Scholarship truly is the BEST of the BEST!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The words "thank you" will never suffice in thanking Central Scholarship. They have made it possible for me to go to an amazing music school to learn how to be the best musician I can be. Central Scholarship has believed in me and helped me to believe in myself. This organization has been a blessing to so many students, myself included. The staff at Central Scholarship are angels in my life and I will always be grateful to them. Someday, somehow, I will help them be angels in another student's life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I honestly don't know where I would be without Central Scholarship today. I am currently a senior in college, and they have been there for me since my freshman year. They have granted me scholarships and loans year after year. Central Scholarship has been so welcoming and generous to me. They hold annual events for the recipients of the scholarships, and work very hard to get to know all of them. I could never say "thank you" enough to all of the staff at Central Scholarship for all they have done to help me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was by far the most helpful organization in my life that I have ever experienced. I would not be the person I am without them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Money has always been one of my worries going into college. I did not want college expenses to be a burden to my parents or to myself. A college experience should be about getting an education, gaining new experiences, and meeting unique people. However, we can not ignore the dollar signs that linger in our student billing account. Last year, I received a scholarship from Central Scholarship. I will never forget my parents proud faces as I walked up to the front to receive my award. This organization lifted my spirits up and helped me realize that I could not let anything get in the way of achieving my goals and ambitions that will lead to a successful future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarhip is a wonderful organization and I am happy to have found them! As a first generation college student and as the second oldest of seven children, I have had to pave my own path and pay my own way through college from the start. I consider myself very blessed to have had so many wonderful experiences throughout my college career, all without being too overwhelmed financially, thanks to Central Scholarship.

I am grateful for the people who keep Central Scholarship functioning on a constant basis to help women like me gain an education that will help me empower other women throughout the rest of my life. I look forward to continuing my efforts in advocating gender equality and poverty alleviation through research and evidence-based policy changes. I hope to show my daughter and the other children I may have in the future that women and men, working as equal partners, can together create lasting change in societies and nations.

Central Scholarship provided me not only with the funding I needed this year, but they did so with fast, friendly service. What a great team they are! I continue to recommend them to all of my friends and colleagues. Thanks for all the amazing things you do, Central Scholarship!

Jenna15

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship is an amazing organization! Going into graduate school, there was a very limited number of scholarship programs that I could apply to. CSB was one, and I have not regretted it! Between a scholarship and an interest free student loan, CSB has been really helpful in covering my education costs. It is well worth it to apply!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful for the financial support and encouragement of the staff and donors affiliated with Central Scholarship. I am a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, studying health economics and policy, with a particular focus on Medicaid. While there is considerable interest in -- and need for -- rigorous health policy research, it is difficult for students to obtain funding for independent projects, including dissertation research. Central Scholarship's financial support has allowed me to dedicate time to completing my PhD dissertation and to disseminate my findings to researchers and policymakers.

As a side note, I could not be more pleased to have worked with the staff at Central Scholarship. From scheduling an interview as a candidate for this scholarship, to keeping in touch about my progress in my PhD program, this organization's staff really takes the time to make their beneficiaries feel part an extended family of individuals committed to higher education.

Thank you!