General Society of Mayflower Descendants 2021 Scholarship
APPLICATION INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR 2021 GENERAL SOCIETY OF
MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS SCHOLARSHIPS
 
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
 
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) Scholarship Program is offering four scholarships in the amount of: $4,250, $3,750, $3,750, $3,250 and a $3,000 Mary Chilton Winslow Scholarship to graduating high school seniors who are Mayflower descendants and will be attending either a four-year college or university or two-year community college.
 
In the spirit of the Mayflower settlers seeking to better themselves by moving to a new and uncharted world, special consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to bettering themselves.
 
ANCESTRY REQUIREMENTS
 
For an applicant to be considered for a Mayflower Scholarship, the Application Form must include a valid active GSMD membership number for either the applicant, a parent, grandparent, or great grandparent of the applicant. (Must include General Society and State Society Numbers.)
 
If any documentation needs to be submitted to GSMD to obtain a current GSMD membership number, applicants should begin work as early as possible with the Mayflower Historian in their state of residence to complete this process.
 
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
 
Each Scholarship recipient must be a graduating high school senior; must provide the information requested in the application; and must enter a four-year college or university or two-year community college in the fall following graduation.

All applicants must take the SAT or ACT at a time that will allow the results to be submitted as a part of the scholarship application.
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE March 15, 2021
 
Each applicant must complete the application online and mail required documentation by the deadline. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.
 
Items to be mailed: Grades, SAT/ACT Scores and Recommendation forms and letters. Recommendations postmarked by March 15, 2021.
 
Failure to send appropriate forms will eliminate your application from consideration.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS
 
1. Fill out application form online.
 
These are the instructions for completing and submitting your application. You will refer to it often as you prepare and collect your application materials for submission. The application form must be filled out online (Do not print and mail the application form which includes the essay portion of the application, or your application will be rejected.) 
 
Located on the GSMD Scholarship web page are two forms: Academic Recommendation and a Character Reference. Follow the instructions on each of these forms. Direct your recommenders to fill out the forms and place in the sealed envelope which you will mail in one large envelope.

Each of the forms is a required part of the application. Forms must be postmarked by March 15, 2021 or the application will be disqualified.
 
Mail to: Mark Fulcomer
C/O GSMD Scholarship 2021
48 Trainor Circle
Bordentown, New Jersey 08505
 
2. Online Scholarship Application.
 
The Submission online form allows you to type in (or “copy and paste”) answers to questions.
 
Section 1 is the Scholarship Application; Section 2 is the form for your Mayflower Scholarship Essay.
 
3. Before proceeding further, read the guidelines for preparing your Mayflower Scholarship Essay below and be sure to carefully follow the instructions.
 
Application Check List:
1) Fill-out online form and submit by March 15, 2021.
2) Download PDFs for Academic and Character Recommendation Forms, instruct the recommenders to place forms in a sealed envelope with your name. You will mail sealed envelopes with your Academic Grades and ACT/SAT Scores in ONE Envelope by March 15, 2021 to:
Mark Fulcomer
C/O GSMD Scholarship 2021
48 Trainor Circle
Bordentown, New Jersey 08505
 
Online Application Form:
 
1) The electronic file contains your Scholarship Application and your Mayflower Scholarship Essay. This file must be submitted by March 15, 2021.
 
Mailed Files
 
1) A copy of your high school transcript, including the record of the first semester senior year (certified copy from your high school
 
2) A copy or printout of your official notification of ACT or SAT scores. NOTE: Your ACT or SAT score must include the national percentile information that is provided on your official notification, which is included on your notification. Handwritten scores added to the transcript are not acceptable.
 
3) A sealed envelope containing one completed Academic Recommendation form, along with a separate typed letter if one has been prepared.
 
4) A sealed enveloped containing one completed Character Reference form, along with a separate typed letter if one has been prepared.
 
The above documents are required to be mailed, and must be paper clipped together in the envelope. Refrain from using staples, presentation folders, binders, portfolios or sheet protectors. Do not submit any other supporting documents.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
 
Copies of documents to officially establish your direct lineage to the relative you named as an active member of the GSMD are NOT to be submitted as part of the application packet. However, scholarship winners must provide the necessary documentation to establish lineage when asked to do so.
 
DEADLINE: March 15, 2021. Materials must be postmarked by that date. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.
 
NOTIFICATION: Please do not contact us. After awards have been finalized, scholarship recipients will receive a formal notification letter on or about July 1, 2021.
 
At the same time, all other applicants will receive an email informing them they have not been
chosen for an award.
 
DISBURSEMENT: Scholarship recipients receive one-half of the funds for the first semester or quarter, the other half for the second semester or quarter.
 
Recipients are required to fill out a Scholarship Disbursement form for the first semester or quarter, and the second semester or quarter. Scholarship funds will be deposited in their tuition account or sent directly to them if there is a conflict with government grants. More detailed information will be provided in the formal notification.
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For an applicant to be considered for a Mayflower Scholarship, the Application Form must include a valid active GSMD membership number for either the applicant, a parent, grandparent, or great grandparent of the applicant. (Do not include State Society Numbers)
 
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Section 2: MAYFLOWER ESSAY
 
By far the most important portion of your application is the completion of a thoughtful, well-written essay exploring some aspect of the history of the Mayflower experience and its significance today. You are to write this essay in your own words. It is not intended to be a research essay, but rather a personal essay, exploring facets of your
Mayflower heritage. DO NOT incorporate text from any secondary sources in your essay. Essays that include text copied directly from suggested sources, or any other sources, will be disqualified.
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING YOUR ESSAY
 
2021 is the 400 Year Anniversary of the Mayflower Ancestors First Thanksgiving.  The focus of this essay will be on the Pilgrims and Native Amerian's First Thanksgiving.

You may not use Wikipedia as a resource. But, you may find resources on Wikipedia.  

The three parts of your essay should not exceed 1500 words total.

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