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
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:
Mayflower Ancestor and What He/She Means to Me”
personal essay of 750-1000 words that will include:
your ancestor(s) on the Mayflower?
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.)
As you see
yourself going forward with your life and goals, how do (and will) those
traits shine in you?
for research include but are not limited to: interviews
with knowledgeable members of your family; online research such as
Also consider consulting:
by William Bradford; any of Mayflower "Silver" books; Mourt’s Relation; ; ;
Making Haste from Babylon.
Scholarship information is posted in PDF
The Scholarship application is posted in
fillable PDF. 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