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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

4 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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional who has volunteered with Central Scholarship for the past several years. It is an extremely well-run organization with a clear, well-articulated mission. Its scholarship application process is efficient and clearly presented for prospective recipients and their families. As a well-publicized nonprofit, Central Scholarship receives applications from a wide mix of deserving students at the undergraduate and graduate school levels. I would encourage students looking to further their education to check out their website, attend outreach sessions and/or confer with school counselors to see if applying to Central Scholarship could be option for them. There are interest-free loans and scholarships available as well as financial support for vocational training. I encourage students and their families to consider checking out Central Scholarship when looking for financial support to attend college and/or graduate school. Central Scholarship is a solid organization that helps to build success in our Maryland communities.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship does a tremendous job at helping students reach their higher education goals in Maryland. They also provide scholarship to people seeking vocational and career training certification - a mission element that I never thought of. They are truly working to help all people in Maryland reach their highest potential!

1 Deana C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Central Scholarship provides funds for deserving college and graduate students, and they do so with compassion, enthusiasm and professionalism. Central Scholarship staff have repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to "go the extra mile," whether colloborating with peers in the field or reaching out to their student applicants and recipients. I consider this organization to be extremely reliable, and also, a pleasure to work with!

Blair W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I don't know what I and my students would do if Central Scholarship did not exist! I rely on CSB to educate my first generation college-going students as far as becoming "informed consumers" about financial aid and scholarships. As the college counselor at a non-profit, I also have all my students apply to CSB for scholarships and no-interest loans; oftentimes those awards are the difference between my students being able to college or not. Even in instances where my students do not receive a scholarship or loan, they learn through the interview process with CSB that they must keep their grades up in college in order to be considered for future scholarships. We are truly blessed to have CSB in the state of Maryland, and I am thankful for both the existence of the organization and the people who work there who are always helpful, encouraging, and positive.