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Rhonda Ray Scholarship

Rhonda Ray was a dedicated economic development professional and MEDA member for over 20 years. Apply now for a scholarship honoring her dedication to mentorship, education, public policy, and economic development.


The MEDA Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the Rhonda Ray Scholarship. This Scholarship will be made to a MEDA student member or non-member* taking credit courses in public policy, economic development, or a related field. Students must attend a Maryland public or private community college or four-year university and be a resident of Maryland. One scholarship award of up to $500 will be made in the fall and spring semesters when funds are available. Scholarship funds are to be used towards credit courses in the required fields and will be distributed directly to the student’s higher education institution on their behalf.

*Non-members will receive a one-year complimentary membership to MEDA.




Rhonda Ray was a dedicated economic development professional and MEDA member for over 20 years. During her time in membership, she served on the MEDA Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Public Policy Awareness Committee. This scholarship honors her dedication to mentorship, education, public policy and economic development. Read more about Rhonda Ray and tributes from MEDA members on our Remembering Rhonda page.


Application Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in a Maryland community college or four-year university.

  • Courses covered by the scholarship must be in Public Policy, Economic Development, or a related field.

  • Must be a resident of Maryland.

  • Must submit a complete application by the noted deadlines.

  • A complete application includes:

    • Application Form (below)

    • Most recent high school or college transcript (PDF format)

    • Two letters of recommendation (PDF format). Letters are required to be on letterhead and include a signature of the writer.

    • Provide an essay of 250 to 300 words discussing the Public Policy, Economic Development, or related credit course you are considering and how this course aligns with overall educational goals. (PDF format)

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Apply by October 15th!

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