Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund 2021

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This four-year college scholarship is open to all DC Public and Public Charter School seniors.  It is made possible by three Quaker Meetings: Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW), Langley Hill Friends Meeting, and Bethesda Friends Meeting. The scholarship was established in 1981, and in 1993 it 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 contributions to community.  Recipients are chosen by a committee of the three sponsoring Meetings.

*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:

  • Monday, February 15, 2021 Opening Date for On-line Application Submission
  • Friday, April 30, 2021 Final Deadline for Submission of Complete Application
  • Saturday, June 19, 2021, Selected candidates are interviewed, very likely via Zoom.
  • By 30 June 2021, Notification of Awardees

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 current 2021 application cycle, the scholarship is moving to an on-line submission platform.  To access the on-line application form, go to

Questions:  Questions about the scholarship, criteria, requirements or for those experiencing technical issues with the online platform, or students unable to access the internet, please email