2nd Annual Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM


“Mary was an inspiration for me and everyone she worked with, engineers, customers, salespeople and janitors. She respected everyone and their contribution to keeping our company running. Her positive attitude and dedication were contagious.”

Shelley Chase, Software Fellow at Progress

The application process for the 2nd annual Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM is now closed – Stay tuned for details about our 2021 recipient.

Established in 2019 to honor Progress founder Mary Székely (pronounced: “See-kay”), the Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM is a $10,000 four-year renewable scholarship for women or those who identify as women, living in Massachusetts that are planning to major in computer science, computer information systems, software engineering, and/or IT.

Mary led Progress’ product development efforts for 30 years and had a profound impact on the success of our business. She was a true visionary with a deep love for math and science and was influential in our industry at a time when women pursuing careers in STEM were rare. Mary passed away in June 2019 but left an indelible mark on everybody who knew her.

Our 2020 Recipient

Kaya Dorogi graduated from Bancroft School in Worcester, Massachusetts, as a member of the Cum Laude Society. An impressive student and contributing member of society, Kaya earned top marks across all classes, captained the varsity math team, joined the Social Justice and Equity Force, and was co-founder and president of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter, in which she served on the State Leadership Board as vice president of programs for Massachusetts.

Kaya Dorogi, winner of the Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM

“I’m so grateful for this scholarship, and especially to carry on Mary’s legacy,” Kaya says. “She sounded like such an incredible woman, and I’m just so honored to have this scholarship in her name.”

Kaya is studying computer science at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University. She’s also a founder of The Women in Academia Project. She has stayed engaged with Progress, most recently publishing a blog post celebrating International Day of the Girl.

The Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM is administered by The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI). Please direct any questions to progress@tpi.org