Application for Year 2022 Now Open!

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. Recipients will be notified by phone and non-recipients will be notified by U.S. mail at the beginning to mid-April. 

Scholarship Amount: The scholarship of $2,500 is to be applied toward tuition, fees, or other educational costs. 

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 any two or four-year college or university is eligible to apply. 

How to Apply: Online or on paper

Please read carefully. 

Application must include:

  • *A personal essay.
  • An official high school transcript. 
  • Two recommendations submitted separately from your 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, educational, and career goals. However, do not merely list activities, honors, and awards. Instead, help the selection committee understand your uniqueness in an essay format. 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 science profession. Remember, the committee has to read many applications. Help the committee understand why they should choose you for the scholarship.

MJD Scholarship Application: 

Download Paper Application

Submit Online Application 

Online application, personal essay, and official high school transcript with cumulative GPA must be submitted by March 1, 2022. Paper application must be submitted by mail, fax, or email by February 18, 2022. Please see below for instructions on the recommendation forms and deadlines. 

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.


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. The information provided will be treated in a professional and confidential manner. Your recommendation will be used solely to assist the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship selected committee in the selection process for this scholarship.

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: Applicant may not submit any of the recommendation forms on their own.

Recommendations can be filled out either on paper or online:

Download Paper Recommendation Form 

Submit Online Recommendation Form 

Recommendation forms must be submitted via mail, fax, or email by February 18, 2022. Online recommendation forms must be submitted by March 1, 2022.


Scholarship Winners

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 Paper Applications to:

Grand Valley State University
MJD Scholarship 
Regional Math and Science Center
183 North C Living Center
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:

Regional Math and Science Center: gvsurmsc@gvsu.edu

or 

Olga L. Martinez-Capistran: martiolg@gvsu.edu