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Maryland Retired School Personnel Association Scholarship Awards

MRSPA annually presents 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 four 2022 winners were awarded $2,000 each.  Congratulations to all.

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Nathan Hooper

He is from Wicomico County Public Schools.

"This scholarship is allowing me to pursue the advanced certification in teaching. Being a CTE teacher, I did not have a teaching background prior to this position. Obtaining my certification allows me to learn the principles of teaching as well as how to improve to be the best teacher I can be. Since starting my certification, I have adapted how I teach and it truly has made my students be more successful. Again thank you for this opportunity; it is greatly appreciated." 

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Ionie A. Martin

She is from Frederick County Public Schools.

"This scholarship will help me achieve my personal goal as I pursue a degree in Elementary Education/Special Education.  As a parent of a special needs child, I want to find a way to help others like my daughter. This scholarship will ensure a semester free of financial stress."

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Emily J. Mullins

She is from Harford County Public Schools.

"With my deepest gratitude, I thank you for choosing me as a recipient for the MRSPA scholarship. The funding you have provided will help me to pursue my lifetime goal of becoming an Early Childhood Educator. This scholarship will help me improve my teaching skills so that I can give my students the best that I have to offer and more. Thank you with all my heart!" 

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Carmen L. Zapata

She is from Montgomery County Public Schools.

"I am currently a HS Spanish and ESOL

teacher. Receiving this scholarship will help me reach my goal to become a School counselor. As a school counselor I will be able to better support and help my student’s reach their educational, career, social and emotional goals. 

Thank You." 

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