The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation, Inc. is an all volunteer, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007. Governed by a Board of Directors, the Foundation supports programs that provide a positive and comprehensive educational experience for all students. Our programs provide financial support for scholarships, programs and services that support students, staff and families of Paint Branch High School.
The Mini-grants for the 2013-2014 school year have been awarded and the scholarship information for 2014 is available on this website now. Deadline for applying has been extended to April 4, 2014.
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The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to seek applications for our scholarship program. Our vision is to support Paint Branch High School (PBHS); its students, staff and families. With this in mind, we will be funding up to seven one-time scholarships for $500.00 to $1000.00 this spring. Download this information ScholarshipApplication2014.pdf.
The Educational Foundation is very fortunate this year to offer up to seven scholarships administered by the Educational Foundation: five $500.00 scholarships from the PB Educational Foundation, one $500.00 scholarship from the Flexel Corporation, and one $1000.00 Jeanette Dixon scholarship from the Athletic Association (formerly Athletic Boosters). The requirements for each scholarship are listed below:
1. All applicants must be Paint Branch seniors planning to further their education; either at a 4 year college, 2 year college or trade school. Scholarship winners will have the checks made out to the school the student ultimately chooses to attend, NOT to the student.
2. All three types of scholarships require the 500 word essay below.
3. All three types of scholarships require an unofficial transcript to be emailed with the application.
Five $500.00 Educational Foundation Scholarships Requirements:
o All three of the above requirements need to be fulfilled.
o No other requirements are necessary to apply.
One $500.00 Flexel Corporation Scholarship Requirements:
o All three of the above requirements need to be fulfilled.
o Student must have a minimum un-weighted GPA of 3.5
o Student must be planning to major in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field. Please list your intended major in the heading of the essay.
AS AN ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY, for the student selected for the Flexel Scholarship:
The student selected for the Flexel scholarship will be interviewed for a six week paid summer internship at Flexel Corporation. The internship is separate from the scholarship. In other words, the student who wins this scholarship will have an opportunity beyond the scholarship to intern, but it is not a requirement for winning the scholarship.
One $1000.00 Jeanette Dixon Scholarship sponsored by the Paint Branch Athletic Association:
o All three of the above requirements need to be fulfilled.
o Student must have a minimum un-weighted GPA of 3.0
o Student must have earned a minimum of one varsity letter. Please list all varsity letters earned.
o Student must have a recommendation letter from a community member attesting to the students’ leadership skills or community involvement.
ESSAY (Required for ALL scholarships):
In honor of the life of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President from 1994-1999, and the first elected chief executive in a fully representative democratic election, our scholarship topic is inspired by his life and commitment to education.
Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” How is your education at Paint Branch the tool to help you change the world?
We are asking students to interpret the above quote, relate it to their time here at Paint Branch High School and to their educational future in an essay of 500 words or less.
All three types of scholarships are open to current seniors, who will be furthering their education in the fall at college, community college, or trade school. Payments will be made directly to the school of their choice.
Essays and unofficial transcripts must be submitted electronically to Brian Eichenlaub, Foundation President, at Brian_E_Eichenlaub@mcpsmd.org, no later than Monday, March 31, 2014 by midnight. For the Flexel Corporation Scholarship, the student needs to list what they will major in along with their essay and unofficial transcript. For the Jeanette Dixon Scholarship, the students need to list the varsity letter(s) earned and send the recommendation letter along with their essay and unofficial transcript.
The Foundation Board of Directors (BOD) will then select a shortlist of applicants to interview and discuss their essay orally with the BOD as the final part of the competition. The date for the interviews is May 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm.
The Board of Directors reserves the right to award fewer than seven scholarships if insufficient qualified submissions are received.
Please be sure to include the following information in the header of your essay:
Name, phone, address and email address AND scholarship you are applying for. You may apply for all three categories, just be sure to list that at the top of the essay and make sure you meet the requirements of each scholarship type.
If you have any questions, please contact Brian Eichenlaub at 301-929-2184, or Brian_E_Eichenlaub@mcpsmd.org.
Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $3,500.00 in Grants Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2013-2014
The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of eight mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff.
The eight winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:
1. Grant: New Television Set for the Morning Announcements – Leslie Greene, Television Production Teacher
The television production students are in need of a second set for the morning announcements. With this second set, lights are needed. The $500.00 grant would go to help offset the cost of the lights.
The second set will offer all students a forum to discuss current issues germane to all members of the Paint Branch community, but globally as well. It will help the television production students to gain more on the job training by performing a live round table discussion. The skills for this type of show are very different than the skills for a news show. Students will have a more enriched television production experience with this second set.
2. Grant: Mainstream – Publishing of color pages – Brian Woodward, Journalism Teacher
As printing costs – especially for color pages – continue to rise, the newspaper consistently struggles to keep up with these fees. Everyone wins with color printing! Really – since USA Today began as one of the first to publish each cover section of its newspaper in color over 20 years ago it has become the industry standard. In the tough economy, the newspaper’s ad sales have lagged behind past years and some of the other schools in the county due to fewer businesses who are willing to invest and advertise. This $500.00 grant will provide a partial make-up of the low ad revenue and continue to support the high quality publication that the Paint Branch community expects.
3. Grant: 9th Grade Homework Center – Elizabeth Maione, French Teacher, Connie Yeh, Science Teacher, Samantha Millman, English Teacher and Kimberly Feher, Math Teacher
The 9th Grade Homework Center’s mission is to ensure that freshman start out their high school career academically eligible. The transition from middle school to high school can be rough, and a big part of that is extra homework. The homework center provides students with a safe place to work on homework and receive individualized tutoring, as well as tips on organization, study skills, and time management.
The $300.00 mini-grant will provide healthy snacks for students who attend the Homework Center. The snacks provide them with energy, which they need at the end of a long day and help them focus on their studies. They also provide an incentive for students to attend the Homework Center and motivate students to stay after school and receive the help they need.
4. Grant: Educating and Beautifying Simultaneously – Karen Sondak, Environmental Science Teacher
Paint Branch High School grounds lack biological diversity that can be assessed by the student body. Little by little it is the intent of the Horticulture teacher to add more areas of interest around the school by diversifying the plantings.
One area that has been targeted for a face lift is the small area outside the cafeteria. Currently this small area has only grass planted on it. Once the horticulture students are taught how to do a garden design there will be a competition for the best herb garden design, the winning design will get planted in this grassy area. The $500.00 min-grant will help buy the plants, planting materials and sun dial. Most of the herbs will be perennials that will live on from year to year. The center of the plot can have some of the more common annual herbs like basil and dill.
The center of the herb garden would have a sun dial that the Astronomy students could use as well as being a focal point for the herb garden. The Culinary Arts and Food Trends instructors could utilize the garden for their requirement of fresh herbs in their cooking. We can grow a wide array of herb varieties, including savory culinary classics as well as mint and other herbs. Plants will be the unifying theme around the various disciplines taught at Paint Branch High School.
5. Grant: Performance and Competition Trip to the Atlanta Festival – Christine Mitchell, Choral Teacher
This $500.00 mini-grant will help provide support to the Music Department. The Band and Chorus are traveling to Atlanta in April 2014 to perform and compete in the Atlanta festival. This grant will help fund part of the costs associated with the trip.
An opportunity to perform in such a venue is rare but for these students, well deserved. Students will remember this opportunity always. Their hard work continues to keep music alive and respected here at Paint Branch.
6. Grant: Reading for Bread and Roses – Arjunia Oakley, Academic Support Teacher
Students on the Academic Reading and College Preparatory Literacy classes are required to spend part of each class independently reading books from the classroom library. The program recommends that teachers provide a comfortable, separate reading area in the classroom for this reading time.
The $200.00 mini-grant would be used to purchase the specialty headphones required for accessing the Read 180 program. The headphones are in use daily and are beginning to wear out. These funds would be very helpful in replacing the worn out headphones currently in use.
7. Grant: The Physics Video Studio – David Zaleski, Physics Teacher
Students need frequent opportunities to investigate real physical phenomena (e.g. the acceleration of a car rolling down a hill) in an engaging setting with meaningful learning. Observing, measuring, and analyzing real phenomena is very different than solving word problems from a textbook. The goal of the Physics Video Studio is to provide a way for students to have many experiences like this in and around the classroom.
The $500.00 mini-grant will be used to support the creation of a Physics Video Studio at Paint Branch. Specifically, items will be bought and built to observe and measure real physical phenomena such as rolling balls, hanging weights, cars on hills, descending elevators, and the like. The Physics Video Studio takes advantage of readily available video technology. A typical video will be taken in the classroom using a smartphone, then emailed to the teacher, and then displayed on the Promethean Board using a player that allows slow motion, frame-by-frame analysis. All the funds will be used for items that will make the videos better with an emphasis on easy measurement of times and distances, not video equipment.
8. Grant: Healthy Eating: A Guide to Good Nutrition – Sandra Levine, Culinary Arts and Food Trends Teacher
This $500.00 mini-grant will fund the purchase of a set of five DVDs. These eye-catching, teen-friendly videos will be used to compliment the Food Trends curriculum. They are: Basic Nutrition, Nutrition and Weight Management, Nutrition for Sports, Nutrition and Eating Disorders, and Food Safety and Disease.
These videos focusing on healthy eating and fitness will stimulate meaningful dialogue in the classroom and empower students to make informed and wise choices about their personal nutrition.
Help the Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation raise money for senior scholarships and teacher mini-grants by purchasing a raffle ticket for dinner with the new Principal, Dr. Myriam Rogers.
The winner will enjoy dinner for 3 people plus Dr. Rogers and the second place winner will receive a $25 gift card to Outback Steakhouse. Tickets are $10 or you can purchase three (3) chances for $25.
The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation, Inc. is a public charity with an all volunteer Board of Directors that provides financial support for scholarships, programs and services that support students, staff and families of Paint Branch High School.
Get your tickets online or at the following events:
9/6 Ribbon cutting for athletic fields
9/12 Varsity football game tailgate party
9/26 Back to School Night
There are three ways to get tickets:
1) In person at the three events listed above – cash and checks accepted.
2) Send in a check made out to Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation with your student to the main office in an envelope marked “Raffle tickets – PB Educational Foundation,” or you can mail your order form to Paint Branch Educational Foundation, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866. View the order form.
3) Tickets can also be purchased online via credit card at https://pbhsef.eventbrite.com