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 always have fun at our annual fundraising 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. The winners will be announced shortly.