Applications are now closed for year 2021

DEADLINE: April 15, 2021

Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship

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.

Mary Jane Dockeray

Applicant Information

Applicants must be graduating seniors who plan to pursue a career in science from public or private schools within the Kent, Ottawa, or Muskegon Intermediate School Districts. The recipients 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. In April, recipients will be notified by phone and non-recipients will be notified by U.S. mail. 

Scholarship Amount: The scholarship of $2,500 is to be applied toward tuition, fees, or other educational costs at a two or four-year college or university.

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

How to Apply: Please read carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Submit this application with:

  • a personal essay;
  • an official high school transcript (with ACT or SAT scores and cumulative GPA);
  • two recommendation forms submitted in support of the application. (see Recommender Information below) 
    • Note: One recommendation must be from a teacher or administrator from your school and one from someone not connected with your high school. 

Personal Essay Information: Your personal essay should include personal information about yourself and your educational and career goals. However, do not merely list activities, honors, and awards. Instead, help the selection committee understand your uniqueness. To accomplish this, it would be a good idea to write in the first person (use "I"). Try to make yourself come to life as an individual, a student, and a future member of your chosen profession. Remember, the committee has to read many applications. You must make the committee understand why it should choose you for the scholarship rather than someone else whose record might appear almost identical to yours. Your essay weighs heavily in the committee's decision. 

Applications can be filled out either on paper or electronically: 

Paper Application

Online Application

Your application, personal essay, official ACT or SAT score, official high school transcript with cumulative GPA, and two recommendation forms must be received electronically by April 15, 2021 and through mail, fax, or email by March 30, 2021

Recommender Information

Your applicant is applying for the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship for students pursuing a career in science. The award for $2,500 is applicable to any two or four-year college or university. Your honest and candid completion of this form is requested. Note: The information will be treated in a professional and confidential manner and will be used solely to assist the Regional Math and Science Center in the selection process for this scholarship.

Two recommendations are required to complete the application; one from a current teacher/administrator from the applicant's school, and one from someone not connected with the applicant's high school. 

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Recommendations can be filled out either on paper or electronically:

Paper Recommendation Form

Online Recommendation Form

All recommendation forms must be received by mail, fax, email, or electronically. 

Scholarship Winners

Please visit the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship Winners page for a list of current and past winners. Please note: This is a partial listing. We have been awarding scholarships since 1993!

List of Winners


MJD Scholarship
Regional Math and Science Center
183 North C Living Center
Grand Valley State University
183 Residence Court
Allendale, MI 49401


(616) 331-3412