Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM

Progress Software Corporation, provider of application development and digital experience technologies, created and funds the Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM to commemorate Mary Székely (pronounced "See-kay"), the company’s “fourth founder” and its first employee. Mary led development efforts at Progress for its core product platform for more than 30 years, from 1982 until 2013. Mary passed away in June 2019 but left an indelible mark on those who had the opportunity to work with her. She had a love for math and science and was a trailblazer for women in tech at a time when women pursuing careers in the STEM fields were rare. 

Progress Software will award one four-year renewable scholarship of up to $10,000 annually to a female student from Massachusetts who is planning to major in computer information systems, software engineering, IT and/or computer science in college and who exemplifies Mary Székely’s qualities.

For the purpose of this scholarship, STEM is defined as computer information systems, software engineering, IT and/or computer science.

ELIGIBILITY

Requirements

Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM scholarship recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Female or identify as female.
  • Planning to major in computer information systems, software engineering, IT and/or computer science.
  • 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 information systems, software engineering, IT and/or computer science.
  • Massachusetts resident.
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Personal attributes that exemplify Mary Székely’s qualities.

Exclusions

Please note that Progress Software employees, board members, and their family members are not eligible. Students in graduate school are not eligible.

INSTRUCTIONS

Complete applications are due Friday, March 20, 2020 by 5pm. Please follow instructions carefully.

To access the application, click here: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=tpischolarship

Once you create an account and log in, there should be an opportunity to enter an Access Code at the top of the page. Please enter: Mary

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

The following materials are required. Only complete applications submitted online will be considered.

  1. Complete Application Submitted Online
  2. Essays – Two essays are required (one long and one short)
    1. Long essay (500 words) prompts. Please select one to write about:
      1. Share your passion for STEM and what you hope to achieve in the field.
      2. Describe an achievement or series of achievements related to computer information systems, software engineering, IT and/or computer science that you are most proud of.
    2. Short essay (300 words) prompts. Please select one to write about: 
      1. Provide insight about how you have paved the way for others or provided opportunities for others that may not have previously existed.
      2. Describe your educational and career goals and why this scholarship would enable you to achieve them in a way that might not be possible otherwise.
      3. Explain how you have made an impact on others through mentorship, community engagement and/or philanthropic efforts.
  3. High School Transcript
  4. Standardized Test Scores
  5. Letter of Recommendation from a teacher attesting to the student’s passion and commitment to achieving their goals in STEM
  6. Resume

If you have any questions, please contact progress [at] tpi.orgprogress [at] tpi.org (.)

For program guidelines and a sample application, please see the documents below: