In 2005, the
Society of Mayflower Descendants in
established a scholarship program to assist junior members and general
members under the age of 26 who have been accepted into an accredited two or
four year higher education program or other post-high school certificate
those members who have been sponsored by a blood relative before age 18; and
cease to be juniors after having attained the age of 25. Juniors can apply
for regular membership at any age. Between age 25 and before age 26, a
Mayflower descendant applying for this scholarship must be a regular member
of the Michigan Society.
amounts of the scholarships are $3000, $2000, and $1000, paid to the
financial office of the post-secondary college/university or certificate
are by email only, in pdf or Word. Email your submission to
Contact your Scholarship Program Chair Kathleen Ripley Leo at
for further clarification, as needed.
deadline for applications this year is May 1, 2022,
acceptance notice by at least June 15th for funds for the
semester/quarter/certificate conferring program commencing after May 1.
Applicant needs to either be approved for attendance, or on waiting list as
happens at some college/universities. Funds are not for debt incurred in
past or current semesters or certificate; funds are generally released in
August to the financial aid office of school, or may depend on when the
certificate conferring program begins. Funds are to be used for tuition,
fees, books, labs, and to other university/college/trade school related
post-secondary education schools are universities, colleges, and many
certificate-conferring programs. These can be programs for nursing
assistant, respiratory therapist, dental assistant, etc.; or accredited
trade schools like automotive technology, fashion design, welding, computers
and electronics careers. Consult with the Scholarship Program Chair to see
if your program qualifies. Many of these programs train individuals to
perform job-specific duties, and confer an end-degree certificate.
Contact your Scholarship Program Chair for further clarification. She is
committed to be of service to you.
firstname.lastname@example.org Submission deadline: May 1, 2022
the essay, and
two letters from educators/tutors submitted along with the essay: at
least one is an accredited English teacher at your school or as your
tutor, stating they have read the essay and have given their critique of
For 2022, the applicant will apply with the application; and then write an
original 750-1000 word essay on the theme:
Mayflower Ancestor and What He/She Means to Me”
is/are your ancestor(s) on the Mayflower?
characteristics do you speculate drove your Mayflower ancestor to travel on
the Mayflower to the new world?
drives you personally or professionally to enter the world of academics or
the working world that requires a certificate?
for research include but are not limited to: interviews with knowledgeable
members of your family; online research such as http://mayflowerhistory.com/ or https://pilgrimhall.org
Also consider consulting: Of
by William Bradford; any of the Mayflower "Silver" books; Mourt’s
Relation; Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims' First Year in America; Here
Shall I Die Ashore: Stephen Hopkins: Bermuda Castaway, Jamestown Survivor,
and Mayflower Pilgrim; Making Haste from Babylon.
Scholarship information is
posted in PDF -updated
(16 Jan 2022). The Scholarship application is
posted in fillable
Click the underlined links to download the files.
questions from possible applicants, their families, teachers, or counselors
can be directed to Kathleen Ripley Leo, the Mayflower Society Scholarship
Chair, at her email: email@example.com