NOTE: This application may be used by those who are CURRENTLY EMPLOYED with a State of Maryland Public School Board. DO NOT APPLY if you do not meet this criteria.
Please note, the 2021 application closed on January 31, 2021.
The Maryland Retired School Personnel Association Fund was established through a financial gift by Irl and Ella Beall. This gift has enabled MRSPA to offer scholarships to those engaged in education in the public schools of Maryland and who are enrolled in programs leading to teacher certification or to meet the requirements to become a school counselor, speech and language pathologist, a physical or occupational therapist, a school social worker, a media specialist, or a school psychologist. Teachers who have a current certification but are enrolled in a program and are pursuing certification in another education-related area are also eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must hold a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED certificate and must intend to work in Maryland.
The shortage of certified teachers and other school personnel in the public school systems of Maryland is of concern to all. One of the goals of MRSPA is to encourage and assist those currently employed by our school systems to become certified teachers and specialists. MRSPA, therefore, offers eligible individuals to apply for scholarship assistance through The MRSPA Fund.
Eligible applicants include:
- uncertified teachers,
- teacher assistants,
- teacher aides,
- substitute teachers,
- certified teachers enrolled in programs to become school counselors, speech and language pathologists, physical or occupational therapists, school social workers, media specialists, or school psychologists,
- other State of Maryland public school system employees.
Teachers who are currently certified are not eligible for this scholarship unless they are working toward a certification in one of the specialties above or are pursuing certification in a different teaching area (content or grade level).
Applicants must already be enrolled in an accredited program leading to certification in teaching or a specialty area at the time of application. You will be required to name the school district where you are employed, your position/title, your supervisor's name and telephone number to gain access to the application.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions document before starting your application.