Central Scholarship recently announced it has received a $350,000 grant from The Abel Foundation that will help support more than one hundred Baltimore City residents looking to pursue a higher education through tuition support. The grant will be used to provide financial aid to students looking to pursue a non-degree education or training in high-demand fields where there is a critical shortage or a strong need for high-caliber professionals.
Jan Wagner, president of Central Scholarship, is pleased to partner with The Abell Foundation and provide area students with an education alternative to attending college. Not every student wants to attend a college or university after high school. Unfortunately, there are not many education alternatives for these students that can help steer them out of poverty. By offering these scholarships for non-degree schools, Central Scholarship is providing students an opportunity to pursue long-term employment with decent salaries without having to attend a college or university.
The grant awarded to Central Scholarship will be used to assist students with their financial obligations associated with earning an education while pursuing a career in allied health, construction, building maintenance, and truck driving. Also, a specific amount of the grant is earmarked for male students.
In 2011, Central Scholarship awarded 250 scholarships worth $4,000 a piece on average. The program has already received over 100 applications for this year’s scholarships. In order to be eligible for a scholarship from Central Scholarship, students must have a high school diploma or GED, total adjusted gross income of $66,000 or less per year, permanent residency in Baltimore City, and enrolled or plan to enroll as a full-time student in a non-degree certificate training program at a community college or approved private career school. Anyone with questions about the scholarship application process is encouraged to contact Senior Program Manager, Angela Harrison, at firstname.lastname@example.org.