Paint Branch Educational Foundation

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.



Mini-grant applications for the 2016-2017 school year are in the process of being evaluated. Scholarships applications for 2017 will be available in around January or February. Watch this space.



Your donations are tax-deductible and make a difference in the local community. Visit our Donate page.



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PBHS Educational Foundation: What is it and will it continue to exist?

The PBHS Educational Foundation was founded in 2007 and exists to provide financial support to staff and students of Paint Branch High School. Your Foundation spends almost 100% of all funds raised in two ways.

1) By providing mini-grants to staff each fall that provide financial support for educational activities that are not in the MCPS budget. Examples include:

    Bio-diversity projects for 120 students
    Chorus and Band performances at the Atlanta Festival
    Grow Light system for use by 400 biology students
    Funds to build a second TV production set and zoom lenses for photojournalist students
    Measurement equipment for a Physics Video Studio

2) By providing scholarships to graduating seniors that can be used for higher education costs including college, technical and trade schools.

Over the past 8 years the Foundation has invested:
    $27,000 in scholarships to seniors, and,
    over $19,000 in mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff

Almost all of the current members of the Board of Directors have been serving for the nine years since its inception. We have remained on the Board even though our children have long graduated from the school, we have retired from working at the school, we work at another school, or no longer work in the community, because we feel the work we do makes a difference to our staff and students. However, it has become increasingly hard to raise funds and find new people willing to serve on our Board. After much debate, we have reached the difficult decision that unless we can find some new Board members to carry our Foundation forward, we will be forced to cease operation in the summer of 2018.

As you consider a charitable contribution this year that will directly impact the entire school community, think of the PBHS Educational Foundation. All of your donations are completely tax-deductible. Make your gift today by visiting our website and read more about how your contributions are used.

If you feel that the work of the Educational Foundation is important and want to see it continue beyond 2018, then please consider volunteering to become a part of the Board of Directors. Our Board meetings are always open to any interested community members, and we are happy to explain our work and typical meeting calendar.

Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $4,500 in Scholarships to Seniors

The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation awarded eight scholarships to Paint Branch Seniors totaling $4,500.00 to be applied to the college or technical school of their choice.

The Educational Foundation awarded six $500 Educational Foundation Scholarships. One $500 Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship was also awarded and sponsored by the Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship Fund. Also awarded was the third Jeanette E. Dixon Scholarship for $1000.00 sponsored by the Paint Branch Athletic Association. This scholarship was offered this year in honor of former principal, Jeanette Dixon, who retired in 2013. The winning student-athlete earned at least one varsity letter, was academically successful in the classroom and demonstrated leadership skills at school or in the community.

The seniors who won the scholarships are:

Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation Scholarships:

  • Brett Jones, American University
  • Calvin Sempebwa, Morehouse College
  • Melanie D. Doan, Florida Atlantic University
  • Jessika A. Agyepong, Spelman College
  • Aaron Kassman, Syracuse University
  • Ifechukwude Nwando Arah, University of Maryland, College Park

Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship:

  • Caitlin McBride, Johns Hopkins University

Jeanette Dixon Scholarship:

  • Jared Belke, University of Maryland, College Park

All students were asked to write a 500 word essay interpreting and reacting to a quote from American essayist, poet and leader of the Transcendentalist movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote resonated with the Educational Foundation Board Members because it contrasts our inner selves against the things we do in life. Students were asked to interpret the above quote and relate it to their time here at Paint Branch High School as well as to their educational future.

From the initial group of applications, the Board of Directors selected the top thirteen applicants to interview. Interviews were then held and the eight scholarship winners were selected. The scholarships were presented to the students at the Academic Awards night held at Paint Branch High School in May 2016.

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop Fundraiser – May 25, 2016, 6-8 pm

It’s always a good night to eat out, especially during the week when things are crazy! And, if your dining also helps a charitable group that works for our school, all the better, right?

Please join us at the

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
12273 Tech Road, Silver Spring, 20904

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

from 6-8 pm and Potbelly will donate 25% of the sales to the Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation!

Thanks for your support!

Potbelly Fundraiser Flyer