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BEST Success Stories

By supporting B.E.S.T., Arbor Dog Foundation is making a valuable investment in Baltimore’s future by helping some of this city’s best and brightest, lower-income African American students as they seek to gain access to an independent school education. Once students are enrolled, B.E.S.T. positions them for success through academic preparation, character and leadership development and support programs.

Current Student Success Stories


Boys' Latin School of Maryland, Class of 2027

Jerry is a thriving member of the Boys’ Latin community who has taken advantage of opportunities that have allowed him to explore and pursue his varied interests. In the classroom, he soars academically, consistently achieving academic honors. On the athletic field, Jerry enjoys playing baseball and volleyball. He also enjoys performing arts and was excited to perform as the Genie in the school production of Aladdin.

Being a part of the B.E.S.T. community helped us navigate that process, kept us up to date, provided us with what we needed and even brainstorm ways to help afford it. Through B.E.S.T., you build a support network of other families, so you don’t feel alone. – Jerry’s Parents


Bryn Mawr School, Class of 2026

Rhyan is an innovative leader and active member of the Bryn Mawr community. She is a member of The John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), National Society of High School Scholars, and holds leadership roles in the Student Government association and Black Student Union.

Seeing a need for more in-person support for students throughout the pandemic, she began tutoring friends, family, and classmates. She continued to build upon the success of her tutoring program and founded “Girls Who Tutor” – a peer-to-peer tutoring program that now serves the entire Bryn Mawr community.

Rhyan’s passion for knowledge is vast and she seeks out opportunities to get first-hand learning experience through summer internships. She has served as a Court Intern within the Baltimore City Circuit Court alongside current sitting Judge, the Honorable Cynthia H. Jones, and participated in an observership program, shadowing General Surgeon Dr. Elizabeth King at Johns Hopkins Medicine within the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center.

The entire Bryn Mawr Community has been supportive in all aspects and consistently highlights Rhyan’s contributions to the community. They’ve played a major role in her development into a self-sufficient, strong, intelligent young woman and I am thankful for that. - Rhyan’s Father

Alums Going Strong


McDonogh School, Class of 2002

“The opportunities that I was afforded by going to an independent school laid down a strong foundation for a lifetime. The most impactful thing for me was the elevated expectations of both effort and character that built upon itself throughout my education. This base has served me well through college, my career, and has been instrumental for driving me to be a lifelong learner. Each of the seemingly small lessons where knowledge of the world and the self is gleaned add up to a sum total of personal development. I am very grateful for being nurtured and pushed in the environment that made me who I am today.”

Joshua graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Operations Research and Financial Engineering. He also received certificates in Finance and Engineering & Management Systems at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business in 2012. Joshua earned his Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Analytic Finance, Economics, and Strategic Management at the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2020 (summa cum laude).

Joshua is currently a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Brown Advisory in Baltimore.


Roland Park Country School, Class of 2002

“I loved Roland Park for providing a well-rounded education that not only prepared me to excel in college, but in life beyond RPCS. I received an excellent academic education, but also learned invaluable social skills. I was exposed to different experiences like attending plays and operas, camping, and rock-climbing, that I may not have had at another school. I had several great teachers and mentors at RPCS that fostered a nurturing environment, which allowed me to become the strong and fearless woman I am today.”

Ashlee graduated from George Washington University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance with a Criminal Justice Minor. She earned her Master of Business Administration, Management at Loyola University Maryland, in 2010.

Ashlee is a Contract Specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The organization leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.

Today Arbor Dog Foundation delivered a check in the amount of $8,000 to BEST. If good education for all is important to you, consider making a donation to Arbor Dog. We’ll make sure that your money reaches the right hands.

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