General Scholarship Information

The General Society of Mayflower Decendants offers a scholarship opportunity.  Information about GSMD scholarship can be found here.  Application must be in by April 1st 2020.

2020 SMDPA Scholarship Application Now Available at! Our total scholarship fund is $4,000 which will be divided among up to three seniors.  Scholarships will granted to graduating high school seniors in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who are members of, or directly related to an active member of, the Pennsylvania Society of Mayflower Descendants and who has been accepted by an accredited college or university. The scholarship award, which is to be used only for college-related needs, will be paid to the college or university for the student. 

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

  1. The applicant must completely fill out the application form and provide the required documents. The application can be downloaded from the website (here).
  2. Transcript of high school grades to include grade point average
  3. Verification of acceptance by an accredited college or university.
  4. A 750 word essay on the topic "What does the 400th Anniversary of the Landing of our Pilgrim ancestors mean to you and your family and friends" to include interviews with family and friends. 
  5. Essays must be post marked by July 1, 2020

Essays will be judged on the following criteria: Adherence to the topic, Organization, Historical Accuracy, Reasoning, Appropriate Word Choice, Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

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.

2019 SMDPA Winner - Bradley Goss