What is the MATRA Scholarship Program? The Scholarship Program was created under the leadership of the MATRA President at the time, John Creedon or Creedon & Co. At our 2011 Annual Conference, the Board of Directors voted to start a Scholarship Program for our Members. 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.
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. The MATRA Scholarship Committee will continue to manage the program, and the MATRA Office will continue to manage the scholarship applications and scoring process.
This year, MATRA is soliciting Scholarship Applications for TWO $5,000 Scholarships to be awarded to current MATRA Members and/or their family* thanks to generous donations from our membership and a matching grant from Bill Pretsch, Mahaffey Tent, of up to $10,000.00 for pledges collected during The Tent Show 2018.
DCF will be accepting applications beginning December 1, 2018. Deadline to receive the 2019 MATRA Scholarship application and corresponding materials is Friday, March 15th, 2019 through the DCF website. delcf.academicworks.com/
For more information on our Scholarship Drive, feel free to contact the MATRA Office.
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. Start Here.
*Eligibility of a "member” company: 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 2018 (which will be considered "year 1”) and then they must pay their dues by March 1, 2019 (which will be considered "year 2”) in order to have one of their member employees/family member apply for the 2019 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.