Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM

Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS), the leading provider of products to develop, deploy and manage high-impact business applications, created and funds the Progress Software Mary Székely Scholarship for Women in STEM to commemorate Mary Székely (pronounced: “See-kay”), the company’s co-founder and lead technologist for its flagship product, OpenEdge, for more than 30 years. Mary had a profound impact on the success of our business and had a deep love for math and science. She 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 those who had the opportunity to work with her.

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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Complete applications are due Friday, March 5, 2021 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

  1. Prior to completing the application, please be sure you meet all eligibility requirements.
  2. The first step is to create an account. Keep a record of your username and password.
  3. Review Sample Application: Please review the sample application in advance to be sure you have access to all the information you will need to complete the application. A sample application is available below.
  4. Required Documents: Instructions on how to submit required attachments are included in the online application and include uploading electronic files, scanning and uploading, or using a fax-to-file feature.
  5. Recommendation: Make sure you give the person you are asking to submit a letter of recommendation ample time to complete their recommendation prior to the application deadline. Instructions are included in the application.

If you have questions, please email progress [at] tpi.org

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. Explain how you have made an impact on others through mentorship, community engagement and/or philanthropic efforts.
  3. High School Transcript
  4. Letter of Recommendation from a teacher attesting to the student’s passion and commitment to achieving their goals in STEM
  5. 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: