At the Nebraska Society’s Spring Meeting on Sunday, May 1st, the Society will award the eighth Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants Burt & Becky Whedon Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,620 to a high school senior planning to attend an accredited 4-year college or university during the coming academic year.
Scholarship applicants must be a resident of Nebraska and a U.S. citizen. Applicants will be evaluated by a written essay, GPA and class rank, ACT or SAT scores, honors received, school or volunteer activities, employment, demonstrated leadership and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. Mayflower ancestry is not a requirement.
This year’s essay topic focuses on the Mayflower Compact: On Nov. 11, 1620, the Pilgrims composed and signed a document we now know as the Mayflower Compact. Ships visiting Plymouth Colony gave the Pilgrims the opportunity to write letters to their families in England and Holland. Compose an essay, between 750 and 1,00 words, in the form a letter to family describing the impact the Mayflower Compact had on the early life of Plymouth Colony. The essay must include references to document the facts in the letter. Essays will be evaluated for content, organization, style, grammar and creativity. Sources must be cited in appropriate bibliographic style. Applications must be submitted one .pdf file no later than March 31st Do not include multiple attachments. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.