Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund 2021

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This multi-year scholarship is open to all DC Public School seniors who are going on to college.  It is made possible by Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW), Langley Hill Friends Meeting, and Bethesda Friends Meeting (Quakers).  The scholarship was established in 1981 and in 1993 was named for Mary Jane Simpson, an FMW member who had been a social worker in the DC public schools.  It is supported entirely through donations by individuals.

Selection Criteria:  Students with demonstrated drive and determination to succeed in college, solid academic achievement, strong financial need,* success in overcoming past obstacles, strong values and contribution to community.

*The committee focuses its awards on students whose families cannot contribute to their college education, which typically means families with household incomes of $50,000 or less.The committee uses the Federal FAFSA form to determine eligibility.

Important Dates:

Opening Date for On-line Application Submission - Monday, February 15, 2021

Final Deadline for Application Submission - Friday, April 30, 2021

Interviews:  Selected candidates are invited for interviews that will take place on Saturday, June 19, 2021.  Although the interviews are generally held in-person at Friends Meeting of Washington, it is very likely that the 2021 interviews will be held remotely over Zoom.

Notification of Awardees:  Decisions will be made and recipients notified by the end of June.

Number of Scholarships to be Awarded this Year: at least 5

Amount Awarded per Student:  At least $6,000, disbursed $1,500 per year for years one through four of college.

Application Criteria and Instructions:  With the 2021 application cycle, the scholarship is moving to an on-line submission platform.  To access the on-line application form, go to

Check Back: Applications will be accepted starting Feb. 15, 2021.

Questions:  Questions about the scholarship, criteria, requirements or for those experiencing technical issues with the online platform, please email