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The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office: February 2021

Updated: Feb 25, 2021

Jim at the COVID testing site in Annapolis before the opening of the 2021 legislative session. All Senators are tested before each Senate session. (Jim tested negative.)

COVID Vaccinations for Beltsville Residents

As you know, COVID-19 vaccines are just becoming available, with the first ones going to healthcare workers and nursing home residents. As production ramps up, more and more people will get vaccines, but the timing remains unclear. The Maryland Health Department sets priorities as long as supply is limited. And we have asked them to keep us and the public up to date on access.

Prince George's County has now entered Phase 1b, meaning vaccines are becoming available for adults ages 75 and up, assisted living (including staff and residents of homeless shelters), and educators (teachers and support staff, child care workers). To learn more, visit or call 301.883.6627.

Reminder: Scholarships to College

Each Senator and Delegate is allocated funds for scholarships to students in our district who attend Maryland colleges. There are so many deserving students in Beltsville. With college tuition a struggle for many families, we need to do everything we can to help hardworking students get a good education. We can't help everyone with Senatorial Scholarships, but we can certainly help some.

To apply online for a 2020-2021 Senate scholarship, students should visit, and the deadline to apply is Friday, July 9. A separate Delegate scholarship application from Delegates Ben Barnes, Joseline Peña-Melnyk, and Mary Lehman is on that page as well. Information on other financial aid for Maryland college students can be found at

More Help Paying for College

Saving for college is a challenge for many families. That's why the State of Maryland and Maryland 529 want to help Maryland families through the Save4College State Contribution Program. The program is designed to help lower to middle-income families in Maryland save money for higher education. Individuals may receive a $250 or $500 contribution by the State who do the following: 1) open or have opened a new Maryland College Investment Plan (MCIP) after December 31, 2016, 2) file an application by 11:59 pm on May 31, 2019, and 3) make at least the minimum contribution ($25-$250 based on taxable income) to the account. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on May 31, 2021. Learn more at or call 888.4MD.GRAD (888.463.4723) and select option 1 or email

Contact Us

Please let us know if there are other issues you have questions or thoughts about. And, of course, feel free to be in touch if we can help you. Just email or call 301.858.3141.

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