In 2010, the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois created an annual scholarship of $2,500 to be awarded to a student entering college or currently attending college or graduate school. This is one of the largest scholarships awarded by any state Mayflower Society. To be eligible, the applicant must be nominated by a member of the Illinois Society. The scholarship will be awarded based upon academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, community service, and financial need. The young scholar receiving this year's award will be honored at the Society's spring luncheon. 

Scholarship Eligibility & Requirements:

  • The Scholarship awarded is $2500.
  • One Scholarship will be awarded each year.
  • The Applicant must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited college or university.
  • The Scholarship is to be used for Freshman year, any undergraduate year, or graduate education.
  • Applicants must be nominated by a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois.
  • Preference will be given in awarding scholarships to those applicants who are proven descendants of a Mayflower passenger.
  • The basis of the award is academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, community service and financial need.
  • A letter of recommendation will be required from a school official, teacher, academic advisor or counselor, which may be a separate letter or included as part of the application.
  • A short essay should be submitted summarizing the applicant's academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, community service, financial need, areas of interest and personal goals. This may be a separate essay or may be included as part of the application.
  • The supportive documentation required will be a  school transcript, GPA, ACT or SAT scores and the applicant's class ranking.

The Application in MS-Word format can be found here.

The Application in .pdf format can be found here.

Questions about requirements, requests for applications, completed applications and supporting documentation should be directed to:

Linda Wingstrom - Scholarship & Education Chair

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of IL 


The deadline for applications to be received is April 1st of each year, and the application must be post-marked or emailed before that date to be considered.


If you would like to make a donation to our Scholarship Fund, or to our Society in general, please contact:

John Schellinger - Treasurer

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of IL


phone: 847-475-6426

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) Scholarship Program also offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Mayflower descendants and will be attending 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.

Applications for the GSMD Scholarship are due on March 1st of each year.

More information can be found on the General Society of Mayflower Descendants' website:

Please address questions about the application process, including the electronic submission of materials for the application to: