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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 of up to $5000 for college undergraduate students.

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 15, 2021.

Send written applications to:
Amy Schmaljohn, 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:

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 above-mentioned mailing or email address). This information should also be received on or before March 13. 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.


Announcement of Special Grant for Summer Programs for

Baltimore Youth

Distribution of Announcement on May 8, 2020

THE MILES WHITE BENEFICIAL SOCIETY OF BALTIMORE CITY (MWBS), a charitable organization affiliated with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is now accepting applications for one time per year grants of up to $5,000 from qualified non-profit 501C 3 organizations serving youth in Baltimore during summer 2020.

MWBS is seeking to support organizations that provide educational, work, community service, recreational, and/or conflict resolution programs to underserved Baltimore youth and that have a connection to Friends’ Meetings or their members.


Applicants must submit the following information to be considered:

  • Mission statement of the organization;
  • Connection to Friends (Quakers), if any;
  • Brief overview of current operations;
  • Funding request with a clear and concise description of the intended use for the funds, the youth who will benefit from the program, and the intended impact on the youth;
  • A safety plan related to COVID-19 requirements and the Governor’s directives (an attachment is fine);
  • Plan to describe, assess, or measure the effect of the funding on the participating youth in a report submitted to MWBS by October 9, 2020; and
  • A local contact person with address, e-mail, and phone number.

Send written applications to:
John McKusick, Trustee
Miles White Beneficial Society
603 Anneslie Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2012

Send electronic applications to:

N.B.: The MWBS Board understands that there is a great deal of uncertainty about the availability of summer programs for youth in 2020. Please do the best that you can to describe how you intend to provide a summer program for underserved children in Baltimore.

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