Maryland Retired School Personnel Association Scholarship Awards

MRSPA annually presents three scholarships to active employees of Maryland Public Schools.  This scholarship will assist them with their goal of attaining Maryland State Department of Education Certification.  


The first MRSPA scholarships were awarded in 2000 after Irl and Ella Beall, Howard County retired educators, made a bequest of $50,000 to the Association.  As of 2021 a total of 55 scholarships have been awarded.  The MRSPA Scholarship Fund is administered by The Community Foundation of Frederick County. 

The Maryland Retired School Personnel Association is the only organization in the state that works exclusively for retired school system personnel.  It has approximately 13,000 members, with local affiliates in every county and Baltimore City.  MRSPA is affiliated at the national level with NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community.

The three 2021 winners were awarded $2,000 each.  Congratulations to all.

Alicia Benton

She is from Somerset County Public Schools. 

Brad Distad

He is from Washington County Public Schools

Melissa Martinez

She is from Montgomery County Public Schools.