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Maryland college students can win up to $5,000 during Tax-Free Week

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 11:11:22-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Yes, you read that correctly! Students attending a Maryland college or trade school can enter to win scholarship money during Tax-Free Week.

Student can win a whopping $5,000 of free money by simply posting their shopping experience on social media through August 17.

Eligible students need to:

• Take a fun photo or video while shopping.
• Write a catchy caption. (Be creative to catch the eye of the judges!)
• Post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #shopmdtaxfree.

After tax-free week, the MRA will select the two entries that best reflect the spirit of the contest and announce the winners with a scholarship presentation.

“The University System of Maryland is pleased to support this year’s Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, which is an important and effective way that Maryland students and families can stretch their back-to-school dollars,” said USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret. “We also appreciate the Maryland Retailers Association leveraging this annual activity by sponsoring the #shopmdtaxfree scholarship contest. To add to the excitement, I am happy to report that the USM Foundation will match the MRA’s $2,500 college scholarship if the eventual winner is enrolled at one of the USM’s 12 institutions or three regional centers—that’s a potential $5,000 scholarship to a lucky USM student! Again, we’re happy to do our part to support this important effort by Comptroller Peter Franchot and the MRA—good luck to all!”

And there's more! USM institutions may individually choose to add on to the $5,000 with their own matching scholarship, meaning the prize could go even higher.

This is the third year that the Maryland Retailers Association have provided scholarship money for Maryland college or trade school students.