Elizabeth Tilley Howland Scholarship 2021

To All Members with high-school graduating seniors in the family:

The Society of Mayflower Descendants of Pennsylvania (SMDPA) is proud to announce that four $1000 educational scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating high school/home school seniors who are members of, or are directly related to an active member of the SMDPA and who have been accepted by an accredited college, university, or trade program.

Two scholarships will be awarded for the best essays and two will be awarded for best videos.  The scholarship awards, which are to be used only for education-related needs, will be paid directly to the educational institution. SMDPA has the right to adjust the awards, depending on the number of applications and the number of essays or video presentations.

The application form can be found on the SMDPA website here.

To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must provide the following:

  1. A fully completed application form, providing the required documents
  2. A Transcript of the applicant's high school grades (must include grade point average)
  3. Verification of acceptance by an accredited college, university, or trade program

Essay Rules and Guidelines

  1. A minimum 750-word essay or minimum 2-minute video on the topic "As the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving approaches, compare the approach to interacting with Native Americans used by the Plymouth settlers to that of the Jamestown settlers and how the approach impacted the success of each settleme
  2. Essays must be postmarked by July 1, 2021. Essays will be judged on the following criteria: adherence to the topic, historical accuracy, reasoning, correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification.
  3. The essay of the winning applicant becomes the property of the SMDPA and may be published in the Society's newsletter. An applicant's entry with supporting documents must be mailed to the Education/Scholarship Chair at the address listed on the application.
  4. The decision of the judges is final.

Video Rules and Guidelines

  1. All entries must be a digital video.
  2. Each entry must focus on the topic "As the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving approaches, compare the approach to interacting with Native Americans used by the Plymouth settlers to that of the Jamestown settlers and how the approach impacted the success of each settleme
  3. The length of the video shall be at least 2 minutes in duration, including the 5 second title screen (see #4).
  4. All entries should begin with a 5 second full screen “title screen” that includes the following information:
    1. Student’s name
    2. Name and address of school you are graduating from (unless homeschooled)
    3. College/ Trade school you will be attending.
    4. Title of video
  5. All information presented in the video must be cited, giving credit to the original source. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification.
  6. Entries must be uploaded to You Tube and a link to the video sent to the Education Chairperson by July 1, 2021. If you have no You Tube capabilities, a Thumb Drive containing you video can be mailed to the Education Chairperson postmarked by July 1, 2021
  7. No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.
  8. No professional assistance is allowed. Adults may assist with production but are limited to verbal guidance only. Adults are allowed to be actors or cameramen but not content contributors.
  9. All portions of the online entry form must be completed when you upload your video for it to be eligible.
  10. Judging Criteria
    1. Impact– what you feel when you first view the Entry. Does the video evoke an emotion from the viewer? Does the video engage you from the onset or does it lose momentum?
    2. Creativity– how the Entrant was able to convey their idea, message or thought in an original and imaginative way through their lens, narrative, performance, etc.
    3. Style– Is the grammar correct? Did the Entrant showcase his or her personal originality and technique to influence how the video is presented and interpreted?
    4. Subject Matter– Did the narrative and performance adhere to the topic, is it historically accurate, is the reasoning logical?
  11. The video of the winning applicant becomes the property of the SMDPA and may be presented at one of the meetings of the SMDPA and/or shared via SMDPA's social media outlets (Facebook, YouTube, etc.).
  12. The decision of the judges is final.