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

Alicia Benton

She is from Somerset County Public Schools.

"I am obliged to have been selected to receive the 2021-2022 Maryland Retired School Personnel scholarship award. The scholarship will help me achieve my educational goals in education by furthering my leadership skills and positively impacting my community. I will gain knowledge, skills and experience to help me both in my career and in life. This award has given me the confidence and support to obtain my graduate degree throughout life’s challenges. Thank you for supporting my future endeavors." 

Brad Distad

He is from Washington County Public Schools.

"This scholarship will help me to complete my Accelerated Certification in Teaching and Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching through NDMU.  If all goes according to plan, I will be certified to teach Social Studies, Theater, and Math by May 2021, and complete my Masters Degree by December 2021.  I would not be able to achieve my educational goals without the generosity of scholarship donors like the MRSPA!"

Melissa Martinez

She is from Montgomery County Public Schools.

"Receiving this scholarship will assist with achieving my educational goals in several ways. First it relieves me from stress/worry of having to pay for a semester, and allows me to focus on my studies, also giving me more time to save for the upcoming semester. Second, I can show my children that they have to go after what they want in life, not to worry about the how but the why. Most importantly I will have a chance at becoming an Esol teacher, not only will I be a positive role model to my own children, but I will now have the opportunity to be a positive role model to all of my students. Thank You."