The application process for the 2nd annual Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM is now open -
Deadline is March 5, 2021.
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.
Scholarship recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Female or identify as female.
- Planning to major in computer science, computer information systems, software engineering, and/or IT
- High school senior or high school graduate who plans to enroll OR a student currently enrolled in an accredited university, college, community college or trade school.
- Cumulative high school unweighted GPA must be above 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) to qualify.
- Desire to make a meaningful contribution in the field of computer science, computer information systems, software engineering, and/or IT.
- Massachusetts resident.
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident eligible for federal financial aid.
- Personal attributes that exemplify Mary Székely’s qualities.
Deadline for application submission is
March 5, 2021 5PM EST
For program guidelines and a sample application, please see the documents below:
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.
“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 deadline to submit applications is March 5, 2021.
The Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM is administered
by The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI). Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org