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  • Taylor, Legislative Fellow Posted 12.21.15

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    Taylor Jachman earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in the spring of 2015 with funding from The Peggy Ellen Pumpian Memorial Fund. A motivated student from a young age, Taylor was class president at Owings Mills High School and captain of the Varsity Tennis Team. A community-minded student, Taylor volunteered…

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  • Giving Tuesday Match Posted 12.01.15

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    Happy Giving Tuesday! This national holiday encourages everyone to give to their favorite non profit organizations. We award over $1 million to students every year.  With your gift to Central Scholarship today, you help hundreds of students afford an education.  You help hundreds in the community become financially literate through our College Cash® events. Every dollar makes a difference. This year,…

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  • Chaim, Academic Physician Posted 11.30.15

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    Dr. Chaim Golfeiz graduated with his Medical Degree from the Temple University School of Medicine thanks to funding from The Peggy Ellen Pumpian Memorial Fund. Prior to medical school, Dr. Golfeiz earned his magna cum laude bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University. During his fellowship, Dr. Golfeiz spearheaded a project investigating the long-term complications of inadvertent dural punctures following epidural for…

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  • Lily, Aspiring Nurse Posted 10.08.15

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    As a Peace Corps volunteer, Lily Mendelson spent two years in the Dominican Republic working as a Youth Development Promoter. She trained youth groups in areas concerning sexual health and taught teens about the prevention of adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. She supervised 81 youth groups and 32 regional coordinators during her time in Latin America. Today, Lily is in…

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  • Congrats, Nkem Posted 09.22.15

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    Congratulations, Nkem Nwogbo, on winning the grand prize College Cash® scholarship. The surprise scholarship announcement was made at the Student Awards Ceremony in August. Nkem is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying Accounting. She attended the loan repayment College Cash® session held in the fall of 2014. Although she had been to previous College Cash® sessions…

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  • We Just Paid Raymond’s $30,000 Student Loan Debt Posted 08.06.15

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    On Wednesday evening, UMBC grad Raymond Major walked into Central Scholarship’s annual awards ceremony owing $32,000 in student loans. He walked out owing $2,000. Congrats for winning the $30,000 Student Loan Pay-Down award, Raymond! Scroll to the 5 minute mark in the video to view Raymond’s reaction. Interviewed last week by Jamie Costello of ABC 2 News, Raymond said, “We invest in…

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  • Congrats, Caitlyn Posted 07.27.15

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    Congratulations, Caitlyn McCaulley, on winning July’s College Cash® scholarship. As a UMBC student studying biology, Caitlyn wrote about the helpful advice she received at a College Cash® seminar. She attended the“Finding Money for College” session in the winter and learned about streamlining applications to maximize her chances of winning instead of “applying for everything”. Caitlyn realized that being specific in scholarship…

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  • Private Scholarships Should Benefit the Student, Not the Institution Posted 07.19.15

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    Have you heard of higher ed  institutions reducing financial aid once a student receives a scholarship? We are shedding light on the problem, award displacement, in The Baltimore Sun. “Private scholarships should benefit the student, not the institution“ is the title of Vice President Michele Waxman Johnson’s editorial in The Baltimore Sun. Ms. Waxman Johnson wrote about the problem of award…

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  • Congrats, Demetrius Posted 06.29.15

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    One essay that stood out from the rest of the College Cash® applicant pool belonged to Demetrius Marcoulides. Relating the financial aid process to his background in the restaurant industry, he intertwined the cooking process with the financial aid process. He writes, Before restaurant dinner service starts, each cook must finish their mis en place, French for ‘everything in its place.’ Before Central…

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  • Get To Know Your Loans Posted 06.25.15

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    The first step in paying back student loans is to understand them. At Central Scholarship, we ask students to document their student loans and keep track while they are in school. Know your interest rate, servicer, repayment period, and how much you owe. Start by logging into the National Student Loan Data System for Federal loans, and to AnnualCreditReport.com for private…

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  • Student Loan Debt Numbers Posted 06.15.15

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    In honor of this summer’s big announcement that Central Scholarship will be paying off student loan debt, we want to illustrate the student loan debt situation in the United States.  In order to understand the scale of the student loan debt problem in the US, let’s look at numbers. Nationwide, student loan debt is nearly $1.3 trillion dollars. It exceeds credit card…

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  • We Are Paying Off Student Loan Debt Posted 06.02.15

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    We have big news! Earlier today, Central Scholarship announced a brand-new, life changing program to our current scholarship recipients. Debt-free, or close to it – that’s the promise we make to one of our recipients in attendance at the Student Awards Ceremony on August 5! Central Scholarship will wipe out the undergraduate student loan debt, up to the national average, for…

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  • Congrats, Laura & Simone Posted 05.28.15

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    Congratulations to Laura Bartolomei-Hill and Simone Abe, our first 2015 College Cash® winners. In order to be eligible for a College Cash® Scholarship, students attend a community seminar and submit an essay to Central Scholarship about their takeaways from the session. Three College Cash® winners remain.  Stay tuned to find out who the next winners are as they are announced in…

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  • 2014 Annual Report Posted 05.20.15

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    Central Scholarship’s 2014 Annual Report is now available hot off the press.  Outside of offering scholarships and interest-free loans, Central Scholarship branched out in several ways.  We offered more free College Cash seminars in the community to help students and parents understand the intricacies of scholarships, paying for college, and repaying loans.  We also added an advocacy component in order to speak…

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  • Encouraging A Better Approach to Student Debt Posted 05.12.15

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    On the heels of our “Managing Student Loan Debt” seminars last month, CS Vice President Michele Waxman-Johnson penned an op-ed in The Frederick News-Post detailing the options available to those burdened with student loan debt.  In “Encouraging A Better Approach to Student Debt,” she points to the massive $1.3 million student loan debt borrowed by 40 million Americans and offers loan…

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  • Spring College Cash Recap Posted 05.05.15

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    Central Scholarship’s College Cash series covers a range of topics including Finding Money for College, Managing Student Loans, and What Parents Need to Know. Our April seminars cover Managing Student Loans and are free and open to the public. Central Scholarship Vice President, Michele Waxman-Johnson, presented to a crowd of two hundred guests between the two evenings in April. Spring…

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  • Ben Block, Environmentalist Posted 04.29.15

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    Benjamin Block has dedicated his young career to raising awareness and preserving the environment. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, Ben earned a Fulbright Fellowship in Peru. In partnership with the Amazon Conservation Association, he joined efforts to protect forests of the Peruvian Amazon threatened by illegal gold miners and loggers. In Peru, Ben also worked to develop educational…

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  • Shoe City App Deadline 4/30 Posted 04.02.15

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    Central Scholarship’s general application is closed as of April 1st, but the Shoe City scholarship application remains open through April 30th. Central Scholarships awards several students with a Shoe City Scholarship every year. Students must be graduating high school seniors from Baltimore City, Prince George’s County or Washington, D.C. Eligible applicants should have been accepted to and planning to attend college full-time in the…

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  • Donna, Social Worker Posted 03.26.15

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    Donna Jackson first came to Central Scholarship in 2005. She was 41 years old and a mother of three. In addition to maintaining a full-time job, she was also enrolled as a full-time student. Her career involved helping addicts get clean at a rehabilitation clinic and she was passionate about helping others get through this rough period of their lives….

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  • Who Succeeds and Why Posted 03.19.15

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    We were honored to have Dr. Karl Alexander speak with Central Scholarship at this morning’s Board of Directors meeting. Dr. Alexander is an author of The Long Shadow, Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth and the Transition to Adulthood and a retired professor and former chair of the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.  In a groundbreaking study, Johns Hopkins University researchers followed nearly 800 Baltimore schoolchildren…

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