2018 MAYFLOWER SCHOLARSHIP
SPONSORED BY THE SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
Scholarship Mission Statement: Mayflower Scholarships are awarded annually to New Jersey high school graduates by The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New Jersey. The mission of this program has been to recognize deserving young people who have demonstrated an active interest in pursuing a higher education related to United States History, which will heighten their awareness of self‐governance and enable them to become better prepared for life and citizenship.
History of the Scholarship: First awarded in 1990, the Mayflower Scholarship program complements the Society's other educational efforts and reflects our commitment to the education of New Jersey's youth in the importance of self‐governance. Funded through gifts from our members, we are currently able to provide up to three such awards each year, using a competitive process to select winners and alternates from among those students meeting eligibility requirements. Each high school in New
Jersey may select and nominate no more than one student each year. Financial need is not a factor.
[list=] Each applicant must be a resident of New Jersey and follow the application procedures.
Currently in the upper fourth of the school’s class (or have SAT or ACT total scores at or above the 75th percentile).
Enter a four‐year college or university or a two‐year community college (as part of a four‐year academic plan).[/list]
Award: The $1,620 scholarship amount is payable to an awardee’s tuition account.
Selection Process: The Scholarship Committee of The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New Jersey makes the final selections of those to receive the scholarships from among all nominees with complete application packets.
Application Information: Our website (http://www.njmayflower.org) provides a downloadable PDF file of the application packet on its “Resources” page. In addition to an application form, the packets used in adjudicating the submissions must include a typed document with responses to seven items listed on bottom of the form as well as found in a separate WORD file of instructions that can also be downloaded from our website. The seven items include: High School Awards and Honors; High School Activities, exclusive of Community Service; Community Service, exclusive of High School Activities; Employment History, with most recent first; Colleges to which a nominee is applying; a Short Essay describing the nominee’s major selection, the motivation in the selection, what is expected to learn, the skills, talents and interests that the nominee feels they have for this major and what they see themselves contributing to the field (not to exceed 500 words); and a Short Essay on what differentiates success and failure for immigrant and refugee experiences (not to exceed 500 words). Along with an Academic Recommendation Form and a Character Reference Form, the application process also requires a copy of the nominee’s official transcript and a Xerox copy of the nominee’s official notification of SAT or ACT scores. A completed application packet must be clearly postmarked no later than March 14, 2018.
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