Scholarship Program




"The First Thanksgiving" (1915), by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (American painter, 1863-1930).

In 2005, the Society of Mayflower Descendants in Michigan board established a scholarship program to assist junior members and general members under the age of 26 who are planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year higher education program or other post-high school program.

The objective of the program is to increase the interest and participation of the Society's Junior Members.  The amounts of the scholarships will be $3000, $2000, and $1000. The deadline for the applications will be May 1 of each year, with acceptance notice by June 15th.  The Program is open to Society of Mayflower Descendants in Michigan Junior Members, under the age of 26 years at the May 1 deadline and who have been accepted to a 2-4 year higher education program or other post-high school program.


Chairman: Kathleen Ripley Leo              Submission deadline:  May 1, 2021

For 2021, the applicant will write an original essay on the theme:

“My Mayflower Ancestor and What He/She Means to Me”

Write a personal essay of 750-1000 words that will include:

1.     Who is/are your ancestor(s) on the Mayflower?

2.    What personal characteristics or traits do you speculate your ancestor(s) had? Why? (If you have more than one ancestor you may focus on one, but feel free to catalog any and all.)

3.    As you see yourself going forward with your life and goals, how do (and will) those traits shine in you?


Suggested for research include but are not limited to: interviews with knowledgeable members of your family; online research such as or 

Also consider consulting: Of Plymouth Plantation, by William Bradford;  any of 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 4/21/21.   The Scholarship application is posted in fillable PDF. Click the underlined links to download the files.


Any questions from possible applicants, their families, teachers, or counselors can be directed to Kathleen Ripley Leo, the Mayflower Society Scholarship Chair, at her email: