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7th Annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast

November 7, 2019

What a wonderful morning for B.E.S.T.! Nearly 100 B.E.S.T. Upper School students gathered with 90 civic and community leaders at the Center Club in downtown...

B.E.S.T. Hosts a Private Screening of Harriet at the Charles Theatre

November 10, 2019

On Sunday, November 10th, over 100 B.E.S.T. 8th – 12th graders and their family members attended a private screening of the biographical film about slave-turned-activist, Harriet Tubman....

Paula Dofat’s “Maximizing the College Counseling Experience” Talk

October 20, 2019

On Sunday, October 20th nearly 50 upper school students and parents gathered at Calvert School for Paula Dofat’s “Maximizing the College Counseling Experience” event. Families spent...

FAFSA / CSS Profile Workshop at Gilman

October 12, 2019

On Saturday, October 12th current B.E.S.T. Senior parents and B.E.S.T. Alumni parents spent the morning at Gilman School participating in the annual FAFSA / CSS Profile...

B.E.S.T. Takes a Tour of the National Aquarium

September 7, 2019

76 B.E.S.T. lower and middle school students and family members enjoyed a day at the National Aquarium in Baltimore! It was a fantastic way to...

B.E.S.T. Celebrates Heading Back to School

August 15, 2019

With the start of school quickly approaching, nearly 200 B.E.S.T. students, parents, siblings and Alumni gathered to celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 school year...

B.E.S.T. Member School Networking Breakfast

August 14, 2019

Each August, B.E.S.T. hosts a Member School Networking Breakfast, bringing together those individuals who have roles in Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion, College Counseling, and Alumni...

B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars 2019

August 7, 2019

For five weeks during June and July, B.E.S.T. hosted our annual academic enrichment and transition program for 25 newly enrolled, rising middle and upper school...

In Memory of Redmond C.S. Finney, B.E.S.T. Co-Founder and Trustee Emeritus

August 1, 2019

The Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T.), and all of us fortunate enough to work with Mr. Finney in the achievement of B.E.S.T.’s mission, are forever...

B.E.S.T. Sees “The Lion King” at The Senator

July 27, 2019

On Saturday, July 27th, B.E.S.T. 5th – 12th graders and their family members attended a private screening of the 2019 computer-animated version of The Lion King...

Hamilton at The Hippodrome Theatre

July 14, 2019

On Sunday, July 14th, ten rising B.E.S.T. seniors spent the evening at the Hippodrome Theatre for a live performance of the Broadway hit, Hamilton. Students...

New Parent Welcome Night

June 20, 2019

On Thursday, June 20th, 49 new B.E.S.T. parents and family members gathered for a Welcome Dinner at Bryn Mawr School. The event began with a...

B.E.S.T. Families Take a Tour of Howard University

June 18, 2019

With summer in full swing, 51 of our rising B.E.S.T. 9th-12th grade students and their parents attended a tour of Howard University in Washington, D.C....

B.E.S.T. Family Day at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

June 15, 2019

On Saturday, June 15th, 65 B.E.S.T. lower and middle school students and family members enjoyed a day at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. It was...

Farewell and Thank You to Board Member, Penny Bach Evins

May 9, 2019

At a Breakfast Celebration following the final Board of Trustees meeting for Fiscal Year 2019, we honored outgoing Trustee, Penny Bach Evins, Head of St....

B.E.S.T. Celebrates Our 2019 Stanley I. Panitz Award Winners

May 8, 2019

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, the B.E.S.T. Board of Trustees and staff joyfully celebrated our 2019 Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Award...

B.E.S.T. at the Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game

March 30, 2019

Over the weekend, 43 B.E.S.T. families attended the annual Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game. In addition to the game itself, families enjoyed giveaways,...

B.E.S.T. Families Visit St. Mary’s College of Maryland

March 21, 2019

With most of our member schools on Spring Break, B.E.S.T. 9th-11th grade students and their parents attended a tour of St. Mary’s College of Maryland....

Black History Month 2019 Events

January 31, 2019

Black History Month 2019 Events...

College-Aged Alumni Drop-In Lunch

January 4, 2019

B.E.S.T. hosted a Drop-In Lunch for college-aged alumni who were home for winter break. Alumni from Classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 attended and swapped...

Annual B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party

December 1, 2018

On Saturday, December 1st, B.E.S.T. students and family members kicked off the Holidays with the Annual B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party. It was an afternoon of...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Networking Cocktail Party sponsored by Keyia Yalcin ’02

November 29, 2018

On Thursday, November 29th, B.E.S.T. Alumni gathered at Mt. Washington Tavern for a B.E.S.T. Alumni Cocktail Party to network, reconnect with old friends, and learn...

B.E.S.T. Family Game Night at Gilman School

November 19, 2018

On Friday, November 16th, nearly 100 B.E.S.T. K-8th grade students and family members participated in our Annual B.E.S.T. Family Game Night! Held in the Lumen...

6th Annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast

November 1, 2018

What a morning for B.E.S.T. last Thursday! More than 100 B.E.S.T. upper school students and 120 adult guests attended the B.E.S.T. 6th Annual Leaders on...

FAFSA WORKSHOP

October 13, 2018

On Saturday, October 13th current B.E.S.T. 12th grade parents and several alumni parents spent the morning at Gilman School participating in our annual FAFSA Workshop....

Maximizing the College Counseling Experience Workshop

September 16, 2018

On Sunday, September 16th over fifty Upper School students and parents gathered at Calvert School for the first-ever “Maximizing the College Counseling Experience” event. Developed...

The Color Purple at the Kennedy Center

August 25, 2018

On August 25th, eighty Upper School students and parents spent the afternoon in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts...

B.E.S.T. Gets Ready to Go Back to School

August 16, 2018

With the start of school fast-approaching, close to 200 B.E.S.T. students, parents and siblings gathered to celebrate the start of the 2018-19 school year at...

B.E.S.T. Member School Networking Breakfast

August 15, 2018

Each August, B.E.S.T. hosts a Member School Networking Breakfast at Donna’s Café to reconnect after the summer and look ahead to our partnered work in...

B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars 2018

July 29, 2018

This summer, 25 newly enrolled B.E.S.T. students participated in the B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars program. Hosted at Roland Park Country School, this five-week comprehensive program for...

Trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

July 18, 2018

On Wednesday, July 18th, 29 B.E.S.T. Upper School students and parents spent the day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in...

Upper School Transitions Workshops at Summer Scholars

June 26, 2018

On Tuesday, June 26th, 19 rising 9th graders attended a two-part workshop that focused on transitioning to Upper School. Students spent the first half of...

Summer Scholars Begins

June 25, 2018

On Monday, June 25th, newly enrolled B.E.S.T. middle and upper school students and their parents attended the opening ceremony for our annual 5-week Summer Scholars...

New Parent Welcome Dinner

June 21, 2018

On Thursday, June 21st, new B.E.S.T. parents gathered for a Welcome Dinner and the chance to ask questions and learn about the experiences of current...

B.E.S.T. on Broadway

June 20, 2018

On Wednesday, June 20th, 100 B.E.S.T. students, parents and staff embarked on a memorable trip to New York City to see The Lion King on...

Honoring Vernon A Reid, Jr

May 16, 2018

The Board of Trustees of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust surprised Vernon Reid at the May Board meeting by naming him Trustee Emeritus. Vernon joined...

B.E.S.T. Honors and Celebrates Outgoing Head of School, Charlie Britton

May 15, 2018

At B.E.S.T.’s end of year Board meeting, we celebrated and bid farewell to Charlie Britton, Head of McDonogh School, after his 11 years of service...

B.E.S.T. Celebrates our 2018 Stanley I. Panitz Award Winners

May 14, 2018

Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees and staff of B.E.S.T. celebrated our 2018 Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Award Winners, Lauren M. (Garrison Forest School...

Private Screening of STEP hosted by B.E.S.T. and Johns Hopkins University

May 4, 2018

For B.E.S.T.’s 6th Annual .edu Project Professional Development Workshop in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, we screened STEP for area professionals dedicated to supporting students...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Cocktail Party

April 26, 2018

On Thursday, April 26th, 34 B.E.S.T. alumni and Trustees gathered at Mt. Washington Tavern for the B.E.S.T. Alumni Cocktail Party to celebrate 30 years of...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Back on Campus

April 10, 2018

Peggy Bittner, our Director of Programs and Alumni Relations, spent a magical afternoon visiting two member schools to hear B.E.S.T. alumni speak at their alma...

B.E.S.T. Family Game Night

March 28, 2018

This past Friday, Lower and Middle School families attended the B.E.S.T. Family Game Night. Held in the Lumen Center at Gilman School, families spent the...

B.E.S.T. Families Visit Mount St. Mary’s University and UMBC

March 20, 2018

Last week when most of our member schools were on Spring Break, B.E.S.T. 9th-11th grade students and their parents attended two college visits to Mount...

B.E.S.T. at “Black Panther”

March 4, 2018

On Sunday, March 4th, Middle and Upper School B.E.S.T. students and their family members attended a screening of Black Panther. This record-breaking film by Marvel...

Leadership Workshop – “Your B.E.S.T. Self”

February 28, 2018

This past Saturday, 33 B.E.S.T. students gathered at Roland Park Country School for a workshop entitled “Your B.E.S.T. Self: Remaining Affirmed in Your Racial Identity...

B.E.S.T. Celebrates Black History Month

February 28, 2018

As Black History month comes to a close today, we wanted to honor special individuals who are very “close to home”. There have been many...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Sibling Spotlight

January 31, 2018

“Growing up, my mother always stressed the importance of education. She went above and beyond to seek out educational opportunities for my brother and me....

Meaningful Partnership with Under Armour through B.E.S.T. Alumna’s Participation in Baltimore Career Combine

January 19, 2018

As college students return home for winter break, some travel, take a winter class, gain a seasonal employment position, or participate in mini-internship experiences. This...

In Memory of Thomas Perkins, B.E.S.T. Trustee Emeritus

January 11, 2018

We mourn the passing of Thomas P. Perkins, III, B.E.S.T. Trustee Emeritus and Past Board President (1991-1994). Tom was instrumental in charting a course for...

Happy Holidays from B.E.S.T.

December 21, 2017

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B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party and Senior Celebration

December 2, 2017

Saturday, December 2nd was an afternoon of holiday cheer at Friends School of Baltimore as B.E.S.T. families gathered for the annual B.E.S.T. Holiday Party and...

8th and 9th Grade “Starting the College Conversation” Workshop at Towson University

November 18, 2017

On Saturday, November 18th, Towson University hosted B.E.S.T.’s 5th Annual “Starting the College Conversation” Workshop for 8th and 9th graders from Baltimore area independent and...

30th Anniversary Celebration Breakfast

November 14, 2017

On Thursday, November 2nd, B.E.S.T. upper school Students, Alumni, Trustees, Funders, and Community Leaders gathered to celebrate B.E.S.T.’s 30th Anniversary! To commemorate such an important milestone...

B.E.S.T. 30th Anniversary Video

November 9, 2017

This year, B.E.S.T. is celebrating our 30th Anniversary! In 1987, the Heads of School at Bryn Mawr School, Friends School of Baltimore, Gilman School, McDonogh...

B.E.S.T. Executive Director Graduates from The LEADERship

November 2, 2017

On Thursday, November 2nd, Jessica Suriano graduated from The LEADERship, a program of the Greater Baltimore Committee. She celebrated the occasion with her family and...

“Marshall” with our Students

October 29, 2017

On Sunday, October 29th, Middle and Upper School B.E.S.T. boys and their family members attended a screening of the movie Marshall at the Senator Theatre....

FAFSA Workshop for Parents of B.E.S.T. Seniors

October 7, 2017

On Saturday, October 7, parents of B.E.S.T. seniors participated in a FAFSA Workshop. Guided one-on-one by an esteemed group of Financial Aid Officers pictured below,...

“STEP” with our Students

September 9, 2017

On Saturday, September 9th, Middle and Upper School B.E.S.T. girls and their family members attended a screening of the movie “STEP” at the Charles Theatre...

B.E.S.T. Students and Alumni Impacting Baltimore

August 31, 2017

B.E.S.T. students and alumni have had a busy summer giving back to their community. Aissatou, Nehemiah, and Aniya know what it’s like to give back...

B.E.S.T. Back to School Family Celebration

August 17, 2017

Over 230 B.E.S.T. students and family members attended the annual Back to School Celebration at St. Paul’s School/St. Paul’s School for Girls, to mark the...

Congratulations to Imani E., New 9th Grader at Friends School of Baltimore

August 21, 2017

Imani E., new B.E.S.T. and Friends School 9th Grader, served as a panelist earlier this summer at a conference for Expeditionary Learning educators from around...

B.E.S.T. Member School Networking Breakfast

August 16, 2017

Each August, B.E.S.T. hosts a Member School Networking breakfast for Diversity, Admissions, College Guidance and Alumni teams from our member schools.  On August 16th, we...

Summer Scholars 2017

August 4, 2017

For five weeks this June and July, B.E.S.T. hosted our annual academic enrichment and transition program for newly enrolled rising middle and upper school B.E.S.T....

Welcoming B.E.S.T.’s New Board President

July 1, 2017

The Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust is pleased to welcome Karlo Young as our new Board President, effective July 1, 2017.  Karlo is a Vice President...

B.E.S.T. Student Selected to Attend 2017 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar

June 28, 2017

We are delighted to share that Kofi W., Gilman class of ’19, has been selected to participate in the 2017 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS)...

National Museum of African American History and Culture

June 20, 2017

On Tuesday, June 20th, as part of the “Molly Hathaway Young Women and Redmond C. S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Programs”, B.E.S.T. Upper School students...

B.E.S.T. Family Day at the Maryland Zoo

June 17, 2017

On Saturday, June 17th, 74 B.E.S.T. Lower and Middle School Family members enjoyed a day at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. It was a wonderful...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Service Project & Lunch

May 25, 2017

On Thursday, May 25th, B.E.S.T. college-aged Alumni started off their summer by joining B.E.S.T. staff at Art With A Heart* to work on art-based service...

B.E.S.T. 2018-2019 Admissions Process Has Begun

May 12, 2017

If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten – 9th grade in the fall of 2018 and would like to start the process with...

B.E.S.T. and Professor D. Watkins

May 10, 2017

On Wednesday, May 10th, B.E.S.T. Upper School young men, their Heads of School, faculty, B.E.S.T. Trustees and B.E.S.T. Alumni attended the Advocates for Children &...

2017 Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Award Winners

May 9, 2017

Congratulations to Kalin E., McDonogh School ’18, and Bomani K., St. Paul’s School ’18, for being named the 2017 Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Award winners!...

Farewells and Thank Yous to our Board Members

May 9, 2017

On Tuesday, May 9th, the B.E.S.T. Board of Trustees convened for our final meeting of fiscal year 2017 and Breakfast Celebration to honor and thank...

5th Annual .edu Project Professional Development Workshop at JHU

May 5, 2017

On Friday, May 5th, B.E.S.T. hosted our 5th Annual .edu Project Professional Development Workshop in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore City Public Schools....

Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game

March 19, 2017

The Torrey Smith Family Fund graciously provided tickets for twenty-one B.E.S.T. families to attend the organization’s Charity Basketball Game at Royal Farms Arena on Sunday...

Success Strategies for Our Next Generation of Leaders

February 25, 2017

On Saturday, February 25th, as part of the Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Programs – 30 Upper School B.E.S.T....

Private Screening of Hidden Figures for B.E.S.T.

February 14, 2017

Thank you to Trustee, Vernon Reid, for treating B.E.S.T. Middle and Upper School Girls to a private viewing of Hidden Figures on Saturday, February 5th...

Career Connection for B.E.S.T. Alumnus

February 9, 2017

Congratulations to Cameron Wade, B.E.S.T. and Gilman Alumnus, Class of 2013, for securing a position with The Management Development Program (MDP) at M&T Bank in...

B.E.S.T. Alumnus Gives Back to his Alma Mater

February 2, 2017

Todd Bowens, B.E.S.T. and Boys’ Latin School of Maryland Alumnus ’97, spent time with the Boys’ Latin Diversity Club this week. Please click here to...

Black History Month in Baltimore

February 1, 2017

The month of February is designated as Black History Month, and we at B.E.S.T. take pride in using this time to encourage the B.E.S.T. community...

B.E.S.T. is Hiring

January 9, 2017

The Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust is hiring! We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced professional to join our team as a Development and Program Associate....

B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party

December 3, 2016

On Saturday, December 3rd, B.E.S.T. students, families and staff joined in a celebration at Friends School for our annual B.E.S.T Family Holiday Party. B.E.S.T. families...

B.E.S.T. and the Dale Carnegie Young Adult Leadership Program

November 20, 2016

On Sunday, November 20th, nine B.E.S.T. students celebrated their graduation from the Dale Carnegie Young Adult Leadership Program. Over the previous 9 weeks, participants learned...

4th Annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast 

November 3, 2016

On Thursday, November 3rd, B.E.S.T. upper school students and alumni, Baltimore leaders, B.E.S.T. Trustees and generous funders gathered for the 4th Annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast at...

B.E.S.T. Celebrates Crystal Lee, Director of Advancement and BBJ “40 Under 40” Honoree

November 3, 2016

On Thursday, November 3rd, B.E.S.T. Staff were joined by Stu Simms, Board President, and Karlo Young, President-Elect, to celebrate Crystal Lee at the BBJ “40...

4th Annual Starting the College Conversation Workshop sponsored by OneMain Financial

October 29, 2016

On Saturday, October 29th, B.E.S.T. hosted our 4th Annual “Starting the College Conversation” Workshop at Towson University for 8th and 9th grade students and parents sponsored by...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Networking Breakfast

October 19, 2016

On Wednesday, October 19th, seventeen B.E.S.T. Alumni gathered at Donna’s of Cross Keys for our 3rd Annual Alumni Networking Breakfast. Alums from the Classes of...

FAFSA Workshop for Parents of B.E.S.T. Seniors

October 15, 2016

On Saturday, October 15th, B.E.S.T., in partnership with three member schools, Bryn Mawr School, Gilman School, and Roland Park Country School, hosted a College Financial...

Crystal Lee, B.E.S.T. Director of Advancement, Named as a Baltimore Business Journal “40 Under 40” Honoree

August 30, 2016

B.E.S.T. celebrates Crystal Lee, Director of Advancement, for her recent selection by the Baltimore Business Journal as a 2016 “40 Under 40” Honoree. As the...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Spotlight – Virginia Leach, Garrison Forest School, Class of 2016

August 29, 2016

After completing her summer job as a mentor with Middle Grades Partnership, Virginia Leach, B.E.S.T. and Garrison Forest School Alumna, Class of 2016, was invited...

Back To School Celebration for B.E.S.T. Families

August 18, 2016

On Thursday, August 18, B.E.S.T. staff welcomed over 230 B.E.S.T. Family members to our annual Back to School Celebration at the Ward Center at St....

Member School Networking Breakfast

August 17, 2016

On Wednesday, August 17, B.E.S.T. staff welcomed Diversity, Admissions, College Guidance and Alumni staff from our member schools to the 2016-2017 school year with a...

Summer Scholars Closing Ceremony

August 2, 2016

Congratulations to our newly enrolled Middle and Upper School students who completed their five week Summer Scholars Program last week! Thank you to the wonderful...

Welcome to Our New B.E.S.T. Trustees

August 16, 2016

On Tuesday, August 16, the B.E.S.T. Board of Trustees welcomed our new Board members at a breakfast hosted at The Park School of Baltimore. Caroline...

Summer Scholars Update

July 20, 2016

B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars Update Our 25 newly enrolled middle and upper school B.E.S.T. students are more than halfway through their five week Summer Scholars transition...

B.E.S.T. 2017-2018 Admissions Season Has Begun

July 11, 2016

If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten – 9th grade in the fall of 2017 and would like to start the process...

New Parent Welcome Dinner

June 23, 2016

New B.E.S.T. Families kicked off the 2016-2017 School Year at the New Parent Welcome Dinner hosted at Bryn Mawr School on Thursday, June 23rd. Bryn...

2016 Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Awards

May 17, 2016

On Tuesday, May 17th, Ryley Y. at Garrison Forest School and Josiah B. at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland were awarded the Stanley I....

B.E.S.T. Family Day at the Maryland Zoo

May 14, 2016

On Saturday, May 14th, 78 B.E.S.T. Lower and Middle School Family members enjoyed a day at the Maryland Zoo. Thank you to B.E.S.T. Trustee, Diane...

The .edu Project at B.E.S.T. 4th Annual Professional Development Workshop: Supporting First Generation College Students

May 13, 2016

On Friday, May 13th, B.E.S.T. hosted the 4th Annual .edu Project Professional Development Workshop for College Guidance Professionals, Nonprofit Leadership and College Admissions and Program...

David Fakunle, B.E.S.T. and Friends School Alum ‘05 Plays a Leadership Role with Light City

May 10, 2016

David Fakunle attended a community meeting over a year ago to discuss Light City with the festival organizers. At the meeting, he challenged the organizers...