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MRA Educational Foundation

MRA’s Education Foundation was established in 1998 and is a nonprofit educational organization. Over the years, over 100 scholarships have been awarded to Maryland residents attending higher education in the state.  Every student’s path is different, which is why MRA believes in supporting and giving equal consideration to applicants from trade schools to universities. We work with community supporters and generous donors to raise funds throughout the year and at our annual softball tournament in Annapolis. It is the foundation’s goal to ensure those students who are motivated and able to go to college have the financial resources to do so. For the past three years Comptroller Peter Franchot has partnered with MRA in a social media contest coinciding with Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week. Two winners are chosen and receive scholarships to any Maryland university, college or trade school.

For 2020, we have turned the contest on its head as we all respond to the economic and social effects of COVID-19. This year, MRA is awarding students who have helped a local business Keep the Lights On during the pandemic. Examples might include building or redesigning a company website, creating unique social media content, helping to locate personal protective equipment, or working long hours to fulfill online orders. Share your story for a chance to win $1000 or $500 to the school of your choice in Maryland. The University System of Maryland, Stevenson University, Hood College, and the Maryland Institute College of Art have all generously matched the $1000 scholarship if one of their students is selected.

Entries may be submitted via email to or they can be posted on social media at Shop Maryland Tax Free on Facebook and by tagging @shopmdtaxfree or using the hashtag #ShopMDTaxFree on Twitter and Instagram. Business owners, parents, colleagues and friends are encouraged to submit a nomination, and students may also self-nominate.

There is no word count or essay requirement – share your story in whatever way works best for you!

2019’s Awards Winners


2018’s Award Winners

In addition to generous donations throughout the year, MRA holds its Annual Charity Softball Games where all proceeds go towards MRA’s Educational Foundation. This is a fun event for our members, elected officials, lobbyists, family and friends to come out and play ball for a great  cause.

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2017 Award Winners