Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund

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Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund 2020

This multi-year scholarship is open to all DC Public School seniors who are going on to college. It is offered through the Friends Meeting of Washington, Langley Hill Friends Meeting, and Bethesda Friends Meeting (Quakers). 

How to apply: Submit the Application Form below, with a Personal Statement, a Resume, a DC Public Schools transcript and senior mid-year report card, verification of SAT and/or ACT scores, two letters of recommendation including at least one from a teacher (letters from two teachers are encouraged), and page 1 of the 2018 or 2019 IRS Federal Tax Form 1040 or 1040A that lists parents’ Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) - or if parents did not file, include the 2019-20 FAFSA form, showing parents’ income. This documentation of family income is required for the application to be considered. 

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 the community. Typically, scholarships have gone to students with a household income well under $50,000. 

Deadline for applications: Full applications need to be received by email no later than April 24, 2020. If mailing a paper application is absolutely necessary, it needs to be postmarked no later than April 24. 

Interviews: Candidates are invited for interviews in June. Interview date is June 20, 2020.

Notification of Winners: Decisions about scholarship winners will be made by the end of June. 

Number of scholarships to be awarded this year: at least 5 

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

Applicants are encouraged to apply without regard to race, gender identity, nationality, immigration status, or religion. 

Application Instructions:  

Please send the application by email if at all possible. College/Senior counselors’ offices are asked to assist applicants to scan their forms into one PDF file. To apply electronically: Attach all documentation to the application form in a pdf format, so that your application is in one electronic file and email to 

In the Subject Line, Include your name and “MJS Scholarship Application”.  

If absolutely necessary, we will accept a hard copy mailed to the following address: 

   Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund 
   c/o Friends Meeting of Washington 
   2111 Florida Avenue Northwest 
   Washington, DC 20008-1912

Click here to download the Application Form (in Word).

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