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At the Nebraska Society’s Spring Meeting on Sunday, April 26, 2020, the Society will award the sixth Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants Burt & Becky Whedon Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,620 to a high school senior planning to attend an accredited 4-year college or university during the 2019-‘20 academic year.

An avid genealogist, Becky (Allen) Whedon joined the Nebraska Society in 1982, a descendant of Pilgrim Francis Cooke. She was also a descendant of Pilgrim Richard Warren. Becky served as state historian for 18 years, from 1989 to 2007, completing applications for 167 members. Burt joined the Nebraska Society in 1977, a descendant of John Howland. He was also a descendant of William Brewster. The Whedons also served the Society as Deputy Governor General and Assistant General for many years, traveling to Plymouth for Mayflower General Congress and to annual Board of Assistants meetings around the country. Becky died in Omaha on Jan. 16, 2011, age 84. Burt died in Omaha on April 27, 2011, age 88.

Scholarship applicants must be a resident of Nebraska and a U.S. citizen. Applicants will be evaluated by a written essay, GPA and class rank, ACT or SAT scores, honors received, school or volunteer activities, employment, demonstrated leadership and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. Mayflower ancestry is NOT a requirement.

This year’s essay topic focuses on the Mayflower Compact:

On Nov. 11, 1620, the Pilgrims composed and signed a document we now know as the Mayflower Compact. Ships visiting Plymouth Colony gave the Pilgrims the opportunity to write letters to their families in England and Holland. Compose an essay, between 750 and 1,00 words, in the form a letter to family describing the impact the Mayflower Compact had on the early life of Plymouth Colony. The essay must include references to document the facts in the letter. Essays will be evaluated for content, organization, style, grammar and creativity. Sources must be cited in appropriate bibliographic style.

Applications must be submitted ONE .pdf file no later than March 31, 2020 to Do not include multiple attachments. Application materials must be submitted in ONE .pdf.

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