What is the MATRA Scholarship Program?
The Scholarship Program was created under the leadership of former MATRA President, John Creedon of Creedon & Co. At our 2011 Annual Conference, the Board of Directors voted to start a Scholarship Program as a benefit to our Members, their employees and their families. In 2012 we began to solicit funds and build our Scholarship Program. The goal for 2012 was $7,500 and we surpassed that goal three fold. MATRA was able to raise over $21,000 for our first year.
This year, MATRA is soliciting Scholarship Applications for TWO $5,000 Scholarships to be awarded to current MATRA Members, their employees, and their family members--thanks to generous donations from our "MATRA Moves" event held at the Tuesday Welcome Reception during The Tent Show 2019.
In 2017, the Board elected to move our Scholarship Funds over to a philanthropic and charitable fund program, the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) who would manage the funds for MATRA. Through this 501 (c)(3) foundation, donations and disbursement will be managed by DCF. DCF's team of qualified professors manage the scholarship applications and scoring process without bias. They determine the two MATRA Scholarship award recipients and advise the MATRA Scholarship Committee.
DCF is accepting applications beginning December 1, 2019. Deadline to receive the 2020 MATRA Scholarship application and corresponding materials is March 15th, 2020 through the DCF website. Once you are on the DCF website, you can scroll down to find the MATRA Scholarship and corresponding application. In order to complete the application process, you must create your "Sign In" profile in the upper right hand corner prior to obtaining any application information. Once your have created your "Sign In" profile, you can go into your application at any time, prior to the deadline, while you are completing the application information. Click HERE to access the DCF Scholarship website page.
Making a Donation
Want to Donate to the MATRA Scholarship Fund? Use this link where you will be directed to the DCF Fund Page for the MATRA Scholarship Program. Here, you may pay by credit card any donation amount, or obtain information to pay by check by electing the off-line donation button. Start Here.
For more information on our Scholarship Drive, feel free to contact the MATRA office.
The "member” company must be a current member, with dues paid in full, for a consecutive two-year period. That member may pay by the conference 2019 (which will be considered "year 1”) and then they must pay their dues by March 1, 2020 (which will be considered "year 2”) in order to have one of their member employees/family member apply for the 2020 scholarship. Applicants must be associated with a MATRA member company as one of the following: 1) a current full-time employee with the member company, 2) immediate family of a current employee of a member company or 3) a current part-time or seasonal employee of a member company who is nominated by the company.