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Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City

The Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City was founded and incorporated in 1874 to administer a trust established under the will of Miles White, a member of the Eutaw Street Meeting, the predecessor of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Homewood. Upon the consolidation of Baltimore Yearly Meeting in 1968, oversight of this trust passed to the Yearly Meeting. The Articles of Incorporation state: "The objects of this Corporation shall be to promote piety and Christianity (especially by the dissemination of books and tracts); to extend aid to the young in their religious, moral, and intellectual training and education; and to relieve the deserving poor."

The trust is administered by the trustees of the Society who "shall annually make a written statement of its operations, and of the disposition and condition of its finances for the preceding year, and submit the same to the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends." There are eight to ten trustees, nominated by the Nominating Committee and appointed by the Yearly Meeting during its Annual Session to serve a three-year term which commences after the Miles White Beneficial Society's annual meeting in October. Appointees serve no more than two consecutive terms. Trustees meet monthly, as needed.

One of the goals of the Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City is to share its mission and work with members of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. The Society has a video presentation that shares a brief history of the organization, the life and times of its founder Miles White, and a summary of recent philanthropic work of its board. Click here to view the video.


Scholarships for College Undergraduate Students

The Miles White Beneficial Society, a charitable organization affiliated with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is accepting applications for scholarships for college undergraduate students up to $5,000.00.

Preference for awarding scholarships shall be given to applications from the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area and to those with connections to Friends Meetings or their members within the Baltimore Yearly Meeting.

The application deadline is March 13, 2020.

Send written applications to:
William O. Miles, Secretary,
Miles White Beneficial Society
c/o Baltimore Monthly Meeting of Friends, Stony Run
5116 North Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21210

Send electronic applications to: mileswhite@stonyrunfriends.org

Applications should include full responses to the questions below; applications should be signed and dated.

  1. Name, date of birth, permanent address, telephone number, and email address.
  2. Current school and address.
  3. Your religious affiliation? Where is your membership? List some of your recent related activities.
  4. Request one or two members of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends (other than your parents) who know you well, to write on your behalf, addressing their comments to The Secretary (and sent to the abovementioned mailing or email address). This information should also be received on or before March 15. Include in your application the names and contact information of the Friends you asked to write for you.
  5. Provide recommendations from your high-school principal or advisor and/or your college advisor.
  6. Submit transcripts of your high school and/or college reports.
  7. What are your educational plans? What studies do you wish to pursue/Where will you study? Has an acceptance date been fixed?
  8. What are your projected expenses for the coming year?
  9. What are your resources? (employment, savings, other scholarships, parental support, etc.)
  10. What is your family’s gross annual income? Savings? Investments? What special circumstances or comments do you wish to add?
  11. What indebtedness do you have, current or anticipated?
  12. If you have received a scholarship in a previous year and are applying for another, a new completed application must accompany your transcripts to bring your file up to date.
  13. Please provide a current snapshot (optional).
  14. Sign and date your application.

Please note: most colleges consider the value of a Miles White scholarship in calculating their own grant-in-aid. It is possible that recipients of a Miles White scholarship may be listed in published reports of our work.

Grants for Educational Organizations

The Miles White Beneficial Society, a charitable organization affiliated with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is accepting applications for grants up to $5,000.00 to non-profit 501(c)3 educational organizations in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area.

Preference for awarding grants will be given to those organizations that are associated with the Society of Friends and that are providing educational opportunities, including books and instructional materials, for young people.

The application deadline is March 13, 2020.

Send written applications to:
William O. Miles, Secretary,
Miles White Beneficial Society
c/o Baltimore Monthly Meeting of Friends, Stony Run
5116 North Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21210

Send electronic applications to: mileswhite@stonyrunfriends.org

Letters of application should provide the following information:

  1. Name of the organization and its mission.
  2. Relationship to the Society of Friends, if any.
  3. Size of the organization--staff and students as applicable.
  4. Overview of current operations.
  5. A clearly defined grant request and a plan for how the group will use the funds.
  6. Name and telephone number of the contact person.

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