Committee Chair:                  

  • Matilda (Tillie) Barckley, Anne Arundel County

Committee Charge:          

  • To raise funds for the MRSPA Endowment Fund

  • To plan for the distribution of the allotted portion of the annual
    investment return for purposes approved by 
    the Board of


Committee Responsibilities:     

  • To plan and execute a fund raising program

  • To review and revise the Scholarship Application form

  • To establish timelines for the application, evaluation and notification process

  • To  notify Maryland Boards of Education of the scholarship, application process and timelines

  • To select awardees

  • To notify awardees by phone and letters

  • To update the Scholarship Newsletter

Scholarship Committee


The Maryland Retired School Personnel Association Fund provides scholarship monies for currently employed educational personnel in the public schools of Maryland to become fully certified and qualified teachers.  The MRSPA Fund was established in 1999 with a generous donation to the Association by the late Irl and Ella Beall, longtime MRSPA members.  In the past years, contributions from MRSPA members and friends of the Association have helped this fund grow.

The Association is committed to use only interest and dividends from the fund to award annual scholarships.  Selection of the scholarship recipients is a joint process between the MRSPA Scholarship Committee and the Community Foundation of Frederick County.  With the approval of the MRSPA Board of Directors and the Community Foundation of Frederick County Board of Trustees, the fund can be used to support programs having community benefit, which are sponsored by the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association.  

As of May 2019, forty-seven scholarships have been awarded.  Each year, the MRSPA Scholarship Committee strives to increase the number of scholarships awarded, as well as, increasing the amount given.

MRSPA members and friends of the Association are urged and encouraged to make yearly contributions to this fund.  Donations are accepted at any time from anyone.  They may be made to honor someone on special occasions, or in memory of a colleague or friend who has passed away.  Donations are fully tax-deductible.  To make an online donation, or to download a printable form, please visit our Scholarship Donations page, which contains detailed instructions, downloadable brochures and forms, and a link to the Community Foundation of Frederick County online donation page. 

Click to view the 2019 MRSPA Scholarship Newsletter

Maryland Retired School Personnel Association Scholarship Winners

MRSPA's Scholarship Committee Chair, Matilda "Tillie" Barckley, presented three scholarships at the Annual Business Meeting May 8, 2019 at the Comfort Inn in Bowie, Maryland.  The winners were awarded $2,000 each to assist them with their goal of attaining Maryland State Department of Education Certification.

Jane Yoder - Washington County

Jane Yoder is a high school English teacher in Washington County Public Schools and is working to complete a master ‘s degree in Library Media Science at McDaniel College. 

April Powell - Worcester County

April Powell is a Digital Learning Assistant in Worcester County Public Schools and is working to complete a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.   

Kassie Blakelock - Worcester County

Kassie Blakelock is a Job Coach in Worcester County Public Schools and is working to complete a master’s in teaching degree in Special Education at Liberty University.  

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