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Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship

Mary Jane Dockeray

We are pleased to announce the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship sponsored by the Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University. This is a named scholarship honoring the legacy of Mary Jane Dockeray (1927-2020), founding curator of the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids. Each year, the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarships are awarded to graduating from high school seniors from public or private schools in the Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa Intermediate School Districts with an interest in pursuing a career in science. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating seniors who plan to pursue a career in science.

The application process consists of submitting the completed application form, a personal essay, a high school transcript, and two recommendations in support of the applicant. Detailed information and application forms can be obtained by contacting high school counselors within the three counties listed above or by contacting the RMSC at (616) 331-2267.

If awarded, this scholarship may be used at any college or university of your choice.


  • Jack Bradley from Hudsonville High School 
  • Jalin L Halcome from Zeeland East High School  

Application 2023-2024

The recipients for this scholarship are selected on the basis of academic achievements and potential for succeeding in a career in science. Financial need is not a factor in the selection process. Recipients will be notified by phone and non-recipients will be notified by email in April.

Eligibility: Any graduating senior from a public or private high school within the Kent, Ottawa, or Muskegon Area Intermediate School Districts who are pursuing a career in science at any two or four-year college or university is eligible to apply. 

Application's may be submitted online or via mail:

Submit Online Application 

Download Application

Mail-in application's must be sent in by February 26, 2024. All online applications must be submitted by February 23, 2024

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

Recommendation Form 2023-2024

Required: The applicant must have two recommendations as required to complete their application. One recommender must be a current teacher/administrator from the applicant's school and one recommender cannot be connected with the applicant's high school.

NOTE: The applicant may not submit any of the recommendation forms on their own

Recommendation forms may be submitted online or via mail:

Submit Online Recommendation Form

Download Recommendation Form 

Mail-in recommendation forms must be completed by February 26, 2024. Recommendation forms submitted online must be completed by February 23, 2024.


Please visit the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship Winners page for a list of current and past winners. Please note that this is a partial listing; Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarships have been awarded since 1993!

Mail-in Applications to:

Grand Valley State University
MJD Scholarship 
MAK B-3-226
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship or have issues submitting your application or recommendation form online, please contact:

Olga L. Kryger: [email protected]
Phone: (616) 331-2267
Regional Math and Science Center: [email protected] 

Page last modified February 27, 2024