The 2023 PIE Back-to-School Breakfast
was a sweet success!

The well-attended, high-energy event kicked off another successful PIE Giving Day.

2023 PIE Back-to-School Breakfast photos courtesy of Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff
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a message from a PIE Scholar!
one of our Community Schools!

“Education is the transformative power which lifts the aspirations of young people who struggle to see a future for themselves. Our PIE Scholars benefit from an education which draws forth the God-given talents within them”

– Archbishop William E. Lori 

Give Opportunity

Many families within Baltimore City are overlooked and under-served. When you become a Partner In Excellence, you give an opportunity where opportunity is often scarce.


Create Hope

PIE Scholars attend schools that provide strong academics while helping students discover their God-given gifts and talents.  Through nurturing a sense of self-worth in our students, they become much more aware of the possibilities that lay before them. 
This is where Hope is found.


See Success

Most of our students pursue higher education opportunities and, after getting their degree, return to give back to their community.


A Commitment to Success

Since the Partners In Excellence Scholarship Program was established in 1996, the initiative has inspired long term participation from a variety of Partners.  Several corporate, foundation and individual philanthropies have supported PIE for over a decade, including a handful since PIE’s inception.  Because of the ongoing support of our donors, many families are also able to commit long-term to our schools.  Check out this video to hear a little more about why PIE has inspired such a dedicated following.

Latest News

  • PIE Back to School Breakfast aims for $200,000 for scholarships

    PIE Back to School Breakfast aims for $200,000 for scholarships September 27, 2023 By Christopher Gunty Catholic Review   What starts with barbershop harmonies and ends with a marching band? It’s the Partners in Excellence Back-to-School Breakfast, held Sept. 27 at the Garage at R House in Remington. Mark Viviano, sports director for WJZ-TV and a Catholic school alum, shares a few sports stories as the emcee for the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s annual Partners In Excellence Breakfast at The Garage at R. House in Baltimore. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff) In between performances by students from the Catholic High School of Baltimore’s...
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  • Where Are They Now? Featuring Riccy Amador

    “My mom always said education is the most powerful tool,” Riccy Amador, Catholic School alum and PIE scholar explains, “because no one could take it away.“ As another new school year begins, we are pleased to reintroduce you to Riccy and to provide you with a glimpse of her remarkable achievements. Born in Honduras, Riccy came to the US alongside her family in 2006, fully invested in the goal they had for her: to receive an education that would bring opportunities not just to her, but to her whole family too.  Riccy attended Archbishop Borders School where she thrived as...
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  • Archbishop William E. Lori at the Archdiocese of Baltimore's annual Partners in Excellence Breakfast Oct. 20, 2022

    Partners in Excellence Hits Milestones With Baltimore City Catholic School Scholarships

    From The Catholic Review October 21, 2022 By Catholic Review Staff Partners in Excellence, an archdiocesan program to provide Catholic school scholarships to Baltimore City children, smashed an Oct. 20 “PIE Giving Day” fundraising goal by more than $60,000. Supporters donated approximately $185,000, enough to provide more than 70 scholarships through the program. PIE was launched in 1996 under the leadership of Cardinal William H. Keeler. In total, it has now awarded more than $38 million in scholarships. More than 170 PIE supporters gathered for a special Oct. 20 back-to-school breakfast at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore to celebrate...
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What Our Partners Are Saying

  • How they’re able to engage families- it’s not just that you’re giving a student a scholarship, you’re giving a family a scholarship. And that family is part of an overall community.

    Whit Harvey
    Donor, CEO and Owner, Whit Harvey Group
  • I enjoy Catholic school because of the things they teach and the things the teachers do for us- they’re really sweet here and I like that. Everyone supports each other. The teachers, and the students. We just want to make everyone their best.

    Jaden Bishop
    PIE Scholar, Holy Angels Catholic School, Class of 2021
  • The willingness to help each other out here and to just be a family, is something I haven’t seen in a very, very long time. Despite their differences, they’re here to support, encourage, and love one another. They stick to that routine, they know what needs to be done. They have high expectations, not only for me, but for themselves.

    Jane Gervasio
    Teacher, 3rd Grade, Holy Angels Catholic School
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Facts & Stats

The success of our students has remained consistent over 25 years.  Strong attendance rates, excellent classroom performance and  high graduation rates tell a story of students who recognize the opportunity given to them and are making the most of their opportunity.

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