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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a MSW student and last year I saw myself juggling full-time grad program, internship and work. With finances tight, I knew that not working was not an option. With lots of sleepless nights to finish my school work, I felt that if I kept going at that rate, I may have to change my studies to part-time.

Thankfully, I came across Central Scholarship and was delighted to find out their mission in supporting students across the board. Thanks to a Central Scholarship grant, I was able to temporarily put work on hold to fully concentrate on am my full-time studies and complete my part-time internship without worrying too much about finances.

With so limited grad school scholarships, organizations like Central Scholarship are crucial in helping students fulfill their aspirational dreams.

Thank you Central Scholarship for helping me keep my studies going and not put them on hold!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I applied for several scholarships through Central Scholarship last year. The staff were super friendly, always responding to my many questions and emails. They were understanding when I had issues with submitting my application as well. When I went in for an interview, I found staff to be friendly and enthusiastic about helping students. I attended an award ceremony and was thrilled to see so many fellow students who were also helped by Central Scholarship. I am very grateful for Central Scholarship for helping me get my master's degree. I am attending school at night and trying to support myself with a job during the day, but school is still incredibly expensive. Central Scholarship is helping me get through school with some extra support and I am so pleased to be honored by this organization.

Raef Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship is a wonderful organization that helps students to succeed. They helped launch my college career in UMBC because without their generous support I would not have been able to afford it. Their staff and program directors were extremely kind when they interviewed me. I was very nervous, yet their genuine interest and their friendliness helped to calm me down. I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart once more because their generous help proves how much they are willing to invest in students like me without expecting something in return.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central scholarship is a great organization that provides scholarships to students at various educational levels. I received a scholarship to pursue my Master's degree and it has helped me to make the most of this degree. The staff are very helpful and the application process was very thorough (initial applications, finalist applications, interviews, etc.). They also held a scholarship recipient dinner where we were able to meet other scholars as well as our donors. This experience, and the application process in general, really made me feel confident that the staff had selected students who were the best fit for these scholarships.

Ashley77

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship is a wonderful organization helping students succeed. Going to college comes with paperwork, forms, and financial obligations. Central Scholarship has seminars to FULLY inform you on what to do and how to be most efficient. The caring and dedication is shown by helping students and parents at any level, high school graduates, transfer students, graduate students and people ready to start their careers. I am very thankful for the help given to me to make me wiser and pay for classes. There scholarship and loans allow students to go through college and graduate without worrying about paying interest on outrageous loans. They also are always adding new scholarships in different areas.They really make your college career less stressful, and allow you to go into the workforce without spending your entire paycheck on students loans.

Oleg A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a phenomenal organization that significantly helped my family afford my education at the University of Pittsburgh. I have had the pleasure of receiving both a no-interest loan, as well as a very generous scholarship from the organization. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for awarding the Central Scholarship Grant as well as the Fred Mayer Scholarship!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central scholarship has made it possible for me to currently be in my second year in college pursuing my degree in psychology and French. I knew about this scholarship since high school and thank God for my college advisor, if not I wouldn't have been in the school I am today. I attend McDaniel college it's a small suburban college in Westminster Maryland and it's private which means it's every expensive but it was my dream school. And thanks to central scholarship I can attend this amazing institution. We not only get to meet our donors face to face (unlike other scholarships), they check up on us and make sure we are on the right track and keep us updated on things. I love this organization and I don't know where I'll be without it. I'm from Cameroon west Africa and when I came to the United States three years ago I had no idea how to pay for college but central scholarship chose me to

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was very stressed out during my senior year of high school as I worried about how I would pay for college. As a recipient of the Wagner Endowed Grant, I am extremely grateful to say that my first year of college is paid for. I am very thankful for Central Scholarship and I hope to one day give back so I can help someone pay for school in the same way Central Scholarship helped me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Receiving the Marjorie Cook Award from Central Scholarship was a life-changing experience. It not only helped me finance graduate school but gave me a sense of inspiration- I was honored to be recognized for my efforts in women's advocacy. It pushed me to work harder in school and stay involved in the community. The Program Manager, Jennifer, always offered prompt feedback and encouragement. She and the organization are wonderful!

Lauren234567

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship helped me really succeed at the University of Maryland and through their generosity I was able to graduate debt-free, making it possible for me to go to pharmacy school. With their support, I didn't have to work every weekend during my undergraduate years and could focus solely on learning, community service, and developing myself. They don't only give scholarships, they go above and beyond to help shape students into prepared leaders for the future. Their financial literacy seminars were invaluable to me and prepared me for the loan process I had to work with in graduate school. They provided networking opportunities for me with other scholarship recipients and have always gone above and beyond to help scholarship recipient develop and to listen to our feedback for improvements.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CSB really helped change my college experience. While I could afford to go to college with my parents help, it was a real strain and I had to work so much that it cut into my study time. With CSB's generous help I was able to graduate in 4 years with a degree in biochemistry and study abroad for a summer in Spain which I never would have been able to do otherwise. I continued working as a resident assistant for room and board but luckily I was able to graduate debt free with just that one job. They communicate in a very prompt and effective manner and are so compassionate.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Getting accepted to the University of Maryland was exciting but the thought of paying for tuition was a bit worry some for me because my mom was a hardworking single parent and had to support not just me but my older brother and my twin brother as well. When I received the scholarship from Central Scholarship, I felt a huge lift of the financial burden, not only off my mom but also off me as well. Central Scholarship has helped to give me the opportunity of achieving my career goals and personal goals. Getting this scholarship was a constant reminder that "hard work pays off,' what a breeze this semester has been for me financially! I will forever be so grateful for the scholarship, the chance to be given the opportunity to make a diffidence for not only myself but others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship has helped me to realize my dream of becoming a clinical social worker working with victims of complex trauma. This is a difficult field and financial opportunities are few and far between. By granting me an interest free loan, Central Scholarship allowed me to focus on my career path during and after graduate school without the constant worry of interest being added to my loan. This gave me the opportunity to take several unpaid and low paying opportunities at some of the best mental health facilities in the country, including Johns Hopkins Hospital and Sheppard Pratt. Without the help of Central Scholarship I would not be where I am in my career today. I am so thankful for the work that they are dedicated to doing for the betterment of both individuals and the community as a whole.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship has been a great organization to work with. Not only have they provided me with a scholarship, but their staff members are great to work with, too. I'm so thankful for the support I received from CSB...without that support, I would have had to seriously reconsider pursuing higher education. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a recipient of the Marjorie Cook scholarship, which is awarded to female graduate students with a demonstrated passion for women’s rights and equality. When I found out about the scholarship, I felt like it had been created just for me! The application process was thorough but painless, and I really enjoyed talking with the staff of Central Scholarship.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship Bureau is truly an amazing and caring organization, passionate about education and student advocacy. CSB made the difference for me affording law school. The staff are extremely accessible and knowledgable. CSB always hosts events aimed at educating students about higher education and student financing, ensuring that they empower their clients.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Central Scholarship's Interest Free Loan, I have been able to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. Raised by a single parent, I am so grateful to Central Scholarship for providing this invaluable support for me for college. Every person I came in contact with at Central Scholarship was so wonderful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The scholarship and interest free loan I received through Central Scholarship enabled me to stay in one of the best Physician Assistant programs in the nation. Thanks to them, I can worry less about money, and focus on learning, the most important aspect of school. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude. Thank you Central Scholarship!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Scholorship is very professional and is helping many students to gain higher education. I happened to be one of those students and I am very great full for their help. Organization like central Scholorship makes a difference in lives of many. Thank you

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot describe how grateful I am for everything that Central Scholarship has done for me. This is such an amazing organization because they truly care about education and their goal is to help people succeed. The aid that I got is going to help me through school. Thank you Central Scholarship!

elsalvadorlove2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful for all the aid I have received from Central Scholarship. I was able to continue my education without worrying about how to afford it. Thanks to the organzation help I will be the first in my family to graduate from College.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship Bureau, I want to thank you for all the scholarships you have giving me these last two years. The aid has really came to need and the ease of not worrying for paying for school. Thank you so much!!!