Educational Institutions

Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, Inc.

  • Baltimore, MD
  • www.besttrust.org

Mission Statement

The Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, in partnership with our nineteen independent member schools, recruits and supports throughout the admissions process academically talented African American students with financial need from the Baltimore area. Once students are enrolled, B.E.S.T. positions them for success through academic preparation, leadership development and support programs.

Main Programs

  1. B.E.S.T
Service Areas

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Maryland

B.E.S.T. provides educational opportunities for strongly academically motivated, economically disadvantaged African-American students from the Baltimore metropolitan area.

ruling year

1977

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Jessica Wolf Suriano

Keywords

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Scholarship assistance, leadership, academically talented African American students, limited economic resources,

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Also Known As

B.E.S.T.

EIN

52-1072250

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

B.E.S.T

B.E.S.T. provides admissions counseling and support to our applicants, as well as comprehensive program support to our enrolled students and their families. The totality of the programmatic work at B.E.S.T. involves admissions, financial counseling, academic enrichment, leadership development, parent networking and college-bound support. B.E.S.T. also plays a leadership role in building partnerships and facilitating collaborations between private and public educational leaders throughout Baltimore.

Admissions:
B.E.S.T. identifies and recruits high-achieving, lower income African American students in Baltimore who have the potential to thrive in an independent school environment. These students are identified through strategic recruiting partnerships with schools and other non-profit organizations that support the same population of children as B.E.S.T.

When a family is accepted into the B.E.S.T. program, they receive individual admissions counseling and support as they apply to three of our member schools. This support includes:
• Waived fees for applications to three schools
• Financial Aid / Financial Literacy Workshops for parents
• Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) Prep Workshops
• Reduced financial aid form fees
• Personalized assistance in submitting all required admissions materials to three schools
• Educational “Plan B” guidance should enrollment at an independent school not be an option

Programs:
Once a B.E.S.T. applicant enrolls at one of our member schools, B.E.S.T. continues to support the student and their family through programming that includes:
• Summer Scholars, a five week academic program for newly enrolled middle and upper school students
• The Parent Support Network
• Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Programs for our young women and young men, which includes speakers, panel discussions and civic engagement opportunities
• Academic enrichment
• College-bound support
• Connections to summer enrichment

Private / Public Partnerships:
In a continued effort to play a leadership role in forming partnerships and collaborations throughout Baltimore, B.E.S.T. launched The .edu Project. This project supports first generation college-bound students and their families. In addition, the project provides professional development within the broader Baltimore educational community. The program partners with colleges and universities throughout Maryland in order to leverage the resources they can collectively provide to first generation students. B.E.S.T. hosts workshops and programs for students, parents, school faculty and college guidance professionals, in both private and public schools, in order to provide everyone with a greater network of support. In addition, we chair quarterly meetings of the First Generation Affinity Group.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Blacks

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None

Budget

$1,027,393.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

B.E.S.T. provides educational opportunities for strongly academically motivated, economically disadvantaged African-American students from the Baltimore metropolitan area.

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Financials

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Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Jessica Wolf Suriano

BIO

Prior to her appointment to Executive Director in May of 2014, Jessica joined B.E.S.T. as Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives in 2010. In addition, she led the Program division of the organization. Jessica began her career in professional service to nonprofits at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society overseeing the Team In Training marathon program and ended her time there serving as senior director of the organization’s three priority fundraising campaigns. Subsequently, Jessica was hired as the Director of Development for the Alzheimer’s Association Maryland Chapter where she was responsible for the creation and execution of the organization’s strategic development plan. Jessica has also served as a development and strategic planning consultant for several nonprofits in Baltimore. Born and raised in Baltimore City, Jessica attended the Bryn Mawr School before earning a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Sociology from Loyola University Maryland.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Stuart O Simms Esq.

Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, LLP

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