Maryland Retired School Personnel Association

Scholarship Awards

MRSPA annually presents three scholarships to active employees of Maryland Public Schools. The 2019 winners were awarded $2,000 each to assist them with their goal of attaining Maryland State Department of Education Certification.  

April Powell

A digital learning assistant in the Central Office of Worcester County Public Schools, April graduated from Wor-Wic Community College in 2019 with an Associates of Teaching degree. She will attend University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the fall majoring in special education with a minor in Spanish. April is grateful to her family and co-workers who are supporting her through her educational journey.

Jane Yoder

After teaching high school English at Smithsburg High School in Washington County Public Schools for years, Jane is pursuing a Master’s in Library Media Science at McDaniel College. She hopes to encourage teachers to incorporate more technology into their classrooms to compliment their reading and writing strategies.

Kassie Blakelock

Currently, a Job Coach at Worcester County Technical High School, Kassie is ready to pursue her dream of becoming a special education teacher. She is working toward a Master of Teaching degree with initial license at Liberty University. Kassie is excited to move into the classroom as a teacher pursuing her passion of working with students with special needs.

Ann Marie Downey- President MRSPA, Gary Willow - Principal Smithsburg High, Jane Yode - Award Receipiant, Dr. April Bishop- Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Washington County

Beverly Dunham- VP WCRSPA, Mamie Saunders- Pres WCRSPA, Kassie Blacklock- Award Recipient, Member WCRSPA, Helen Schoffstall- Membership Chair, Ann Marie Downey- President MRSPA

Mamie Saunders- Pres WCRSPA, April Powell- Award Receipiant, Helen Schoffstall- Membership Chair, Ann Marie Downey- President MRSPA, Member WCRSPA, Member WCRSPA, Dr. John R. Quinn- Chief Academic Officer


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.  To date, a total of forty-three 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 15,000 members, with local affiliates in every county and Baltimore City.  MRSPA is affiliated at the national level with NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community.

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