“PIE is more than a tool of financial aid; it is a vital ministry of the Church here in Baltimore. Our PIE Scholars become leaders and agents of positive change in their communities.”

-Bishop Adam J. Parker

For nearly 30 years, the Partners in Excellence (PIE) Scholarship Program has been investing in the youth of Baltimore.  PIE is a ministry that has been prioritized by Archbishop William Lori and his predecessors, and the program continues to be championed particularly strongly by Bishop Parker, a PIE Board member and vocal advocate. 

Please take the opportunity to read Bishop Parkers recent letter about PIE here.

For a glimpse at the long-term impact of PIE,
please visit our news page to read three recent ‘Where Are They Now?’ stories.

Bishop Parker engages with Baltimore City Catholic school students. (Kevin Parks/CR staff)

Michael Bell is the latest PIE Alum to be featured in our ‘Where Are They Now’ series.

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“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

  • Where Are They Now? Featuring Michael Bell

    As a young student at Cardinal Shehan School over ten years ago, Michael Bell was awarded his first PIE Scholarship.  The scholarship covered less than 20% of the tuition cost at the time, but it was certainly a difference-making amount.  In a PIE video produced four years ago, Michael spoke briefly about the moment he became a PIE Scholar. “At a time when my family could not fully afford my Catholic education, amazing people like you invested their hard-earned money into me so I could continue my education in a Catholic environment,” he shared. Knowing that he had the support...
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  • Where Are They Now? Featuring Walter Oliver

    In the early years of the Partners in Excellence (PIE) Scholarship Program, donors and friends always loved visiting Father Charles Hall Elementary School in Sandtown-Winchester.  Principal Kathleen Filippelli and her dedicated staff did a wonderful job in creating a home-like atmosphere for the students, and visitors picked up on this warmth right away.  A big part of the experience at Father Charles Hall was the student-led tours.  The one student that Ms. Filippelli seemed to trust the most for tours was Walter Oliver. Smart, talented, and precocious, Walter had a way of engaging with visitors, sharing fun facts and stories...
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  • 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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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 for nearly 30 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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