25 Great Scholarships for Math Majors

Would-be scholars with strong inclinations toward figures and calculations have probably figured out that popular beliefs and frequent portrayals of their favorite pastime as a dull, dry, and pointless exercise are badly mistaken.

Indeed, all current and prospective college students in hot pursuit of a high-paying profession that really counts can learn a valuable lesson from an approach to picking career paths by the numbers. A quick glance at average salaries quickly gleans math as the common denominator of the most lucrative occupations. Unfortunately, another reality readily emerges: It takes lots of loot to acquire the education required to enter those upper echelons of earnings hierarchies.

Fortunately, aspiring number-crunchers unable to make bank account and college bursar bills balance have many scholarships available to help solve the Higher Education Costs Equation. Here we review 25 of the best.

1. Alexander & Lavonne Dragt Family Honors Scholarship


This scholarship fund makes annual awards of varying amounts to students at Calvin College who are majoring in Mathematics, Physical, and Biological Sciences, Nursing or Music.

Applicants must:

• Have a cumulative 3.4 GPA
• A composite ACT score of 24 or composite SAT score of 1090

Awards are renewable for up to five years, provided the recipient maintains a minimum 3.2 GPA and full-time enrollment in an eligible Calvin College program.


Alexander & Lavonne Dragt Family Honors Scholarship
Calvin College Financial Aid Office
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: (616) 526-6134 or (800) 688-0122
E-mail: finaid@calvin.edu

2. Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize

DEADLINE: September 15

Sponsored by the Association for Women in Mathematics (“AWM”), this program makes an annual award to an outstanding female scholar majoring in math at an undergraduate degree program. Established in 1990 to honor AWM’s then incumbent president and founding member whose name it bears, the scholarship is available only to candidates who are nominated by an educator or qualified colleague in the mathematics community.

Primary influential factors in selections are academic performance, demonstrated interest in a mathematics career, mathematical ability, and performance in math-related competitions. Nominations must include a copy of the nominee’s academic transcripts and be submitted to Math Programs.org as a single .pdf file.


Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize
AWM Office
11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: (703) 934-0163
E-mail: awm@awm-math.org

3. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: Consult sponsor website referenced below

Established by Congress in 1986 to honor a late and great legislative colleague whose name it bears, this scholarship is widely considered the highest form of pecuniary praise any undergrad can ever hope for in ten academic tenures.

Each year, about 300 sophomores and juniors at postsecondary academies across America are bestowed with this rare $7,500 blessing.

As competition is extremely intense, direct applications are not accepted. Instead, candidates are considered only by school nomination lists that cannot consist of more than four names.

All nominees must be/have:

• A U.S. citizen, natural, or legal alien
• A current or prospective college student majoring in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering at an accredited institution or program
Interested candidates may find the name of their school’s official Faculty Representative at http://www.act.org/goldwater/gfacrep.html.


Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program
Find out more about this much desired, highly coveted, extremely selective, and ultra-exclusive federal educational funding source at http://www.act.org/goldwater/index.html.

4. Bell Freshman Mathematics Scholarship Award – Washington State University (“WSU”)


Established by a pair of married WSU alumni with the same surname as the first word in its name, this scholarship makes annual awards of $1,000 to WSU’s brightest brand new math majors.

Applicants must have/be:

• Exhibit extraordinary mathematical aptitude
• Plan to pursue a graduate degree in math
• Demonstrate financial need

Direct applications are not accepted, as a Scholarship Committee makes all selections.


Bell Freshman Mathematics Scholarship Award – Washington State University
Department of Mathematics
K.A. Ariyawansa, Chair
103 Neill Hall
P.O. Box 643113
Pullman, WA 99164
Phone: (509) 335-4918

5. Blaine B. Kuist Memorial Scholarship

DEADLINE: Varies, contact administrator

This memorial scholarship was established and funded by friends and family of its nominee/honoree. Annual awards in varying amounts are available to high-achieving math or science majors at Minot State University in Minot, ND. No specific minimums are quantified for GPA, or other such factors, but financial need is taken into account.


Blaine B. Kuist Memorial Scholarship
Minot State University
Office of Student Financial Aid
Administration Building, 2nd floor
500 University Ave West
Minot, ND 58707
Phone: (701) 858-3375 or (800) 777-0750
E-mail: financialaid@minotstateu.edu

6. California State University – Edison International (“EI”) Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: Contact sponsor

Established in 2012 by EI, this program makes renewable annual awards averaging $3,000 to disadvantaged community college transfer STEM majors in the California State University (“CSU”) system.

Applicants must:

• Be accepted for full-time enrollment by a participating CSU school
• Have declared a major in mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, engineering ecological biology, technology, materials science, or computer science/information systems
• Demonstrate financial need

Academic performance, demonstrated community service commitment, low income, and first-generation college attendance are the primary factors in selections decisions.
Chosen recipients must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, satisfactory academic progress, and enrollment in STEM degree program at CSU as conditions of renewal.


University of California-Edison International Scholarship Program
Coordinating Campus:
California State University – Fullerton
Phone: (657) 278-3211
E-mail: edsion.scholarship@fullerton.edu

7. Computer Science, Engineering & Math Scholarship – Fort Lewis College

DEADLINE: February 14

This scholarship pays an annual award of up to $3,100 for full-time students at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO majoring in any of its named programs. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and academic potential.


Fortlewis.edu Computer Science, Engineering & Math Scholarship
Elaine Redwine, Director of Financial Aid
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: (970) 247-7142

8. Frank Fong Memorial Scholarship


Established by the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc. (“SAWE”), this scholarship makes $1,000 annual awards to children or grandchildren of SAWE members who are full-time undergraduate students majoring in a technical subject. Funds are applicable to costs of attendance at any accredited four-year institution of the recipient’s choice.

Applicants must be:

  • • Age 25 or younger
  • • A child or grandchild of a living or deceased SAWE member of at least one year prior to application deadline
  • • High school seniors, graduates, or college students who plan or are already in full-time attendance at an accredited undergraduate program in engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, or other technical discipline


Frank Fong Memorial Scholarship
Society of Allied Weight Engineers Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-1682 or (800) 537-4180

9. Furman University Wylie Math Scholarship

DEADLINE: January 15

This scholarship makes renewable annual awards of up to $15,000 to entering Furman University freshmen with demonstrated mathematical aptitude and an interest in pursuing a mathematics degree. Applicants must have either:

• A minimum SAT composite score of 1350, or
• A minimum ACT composite score of 31


Furman University Wylie Math Scholarship
Wylie Scholarship Selection Committee
Department of Mathematics
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Hwy.
Riley Hall
Greenville, SC 29613
Website URL – http://math.furman.edu/resources/scholarships.html

10. HSF/Procter & Gamble Company Scholarship

DEADLINE: January 20

Jointly founded and funded by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (“HSF”) and the Procter & Gamble Company, this scholarship makes annual awards of up to $2,500 to help exceptional undergraduate Latino scholars pursue STEM, IT, and/or business degrees.

Applicants must:

• Be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents
• Have a cumulative grade point average (“GPA”) of 3.00 or higher
• Be majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (“STEM”) field or Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Graphic Arts/Design, Human Resources Management, Information Technology (IT/MIS), Management, Marketing, or Public Relations
• Plan to enroll as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited four-year educational institution in the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands during academic year of award
• Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”)


HSF/Procter & Gamble Company Scholarship
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
1411 W 190th Street, Suite 325
Gardena, CA 90248
Phone: (877) HSF-INFO

11. L.D. “Dusty” Rhoades and Josephine Wright Memorial Scholarship

DEADLINE: Contact administrator

Established with memorials and contributions from the Rhoades family, this scholarship makes $500 annual awards to science, math, and music majors at Valley City State University in Valley City, ND.


L.D. “Dusty” Rhoades and Josephine Wright Memorial Scholarship
Valley City State University
Financial Aid Office
101 College Street SW
Valley City, North Dakota 58072
Phone: (800) 532-8641
Applications may be submitted at https://secure.vcsu.edu/financialaid/vp.htm?p=1530

12. Leonard Howarth Scholarship

DEADLINE: Contact sponsor

This institutional scholarship makes annual awards of varying amounts to entering freshmen at Puget Sound University in Tacoma, WA. Applicants must major in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Math, Pre-Engineering, or Physics. Awards are renewable for up to eight (8) semesters of undergraduate study, provided the recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA. Funds are applicable only to costs of Puget Sound tuition.


Leonard Howarth Scholarship
Student Financial Services
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner St.
Campus Mailbox 1039
Tacoma, WA 98416
Phone: (253) 879-3214 or (800) 396-7192

13. Mastin Scholarship – John Carroll University (“JCU”)

DEADLINE: Contact sponsor

This institutional scholarship makes three annual awards of $10,000 to JCU students majoring in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Awards may be renewed for up to four academic years, provided the recipient maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and full-time enrollment in an eligible major at JCU.

Applicants must either:

• Be a National Merit Semi-Finalist
• Qualify as a National Merit Semi-Finalist
• Have a composite ACT score of 27 or higher

Selections are based primarily on application query responses.


Mastin Scholarship – John Carroll University
Financial Aid Office
20700 North Park Boulevard
University Heights, Ohio 44118-4581
Phone: (216) 397-1886

14. Morehead State University (“MSU”) Computer Science & Mathematics Scholarship

DEADLINE: Revolving

Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, this scholarship was established to increase the representation of MSU alumni in IT industries. To advance this agenda, the fund makes renewable annual awards of $3,125 to full-time entering freshmen, transfer, and current students majoring in Computer Science or Mathematics.

Applicants must be:

• U.S. citizens, nationals, refugee aliens, or permanent legal residents at time of application
• Demonstrate financial need pursuant to applicable U.S. Department of Education official regulations. Specifically, FAFSA-determined estimated family contribution combined with all other non-loan financial assistance must be lower than total MSU attendance cost
• Demonstrate outstanding scholarship, by virtue of high school GPA, recommendation letters, and/or ACT/SAT scores.

A minimum 2.75 GPA is preferred for current and transfer students. Applicants who do not meet those criteria may be interviewed and those from underrepresented groups may receive special consideration.


Morehead State University Computer Science & Mathematics Scholarship
Dr. Rodger Hammons
Phone: (606) 783-2930
E-mail: r.hammons@moreheadstate.edu

15. NCCTM Trust Fund Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 1 – fall term
October 1 – spring or summer term

This fund makes $600 annual awards to assist North Carolina teachers pursue graduate degrees or specialized certification in mathematics designed to enhance instructional skills.

Applicants must be:

• Currently employed as a pre-K -12 teacher in North Carolina;
• A current member of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (“NCCTM”) for at least one year as of application date
• Enrolled in an accredited North Carolina graduate degree or certification program in Mathematics
• Within six months of program completion at time of award disbursement


NCCTM Trust Fund Scholarship
NCCTM Trust Fund Chair Robert Joyner, Chair
1302 Oakview Drive
Phone: (252) 756-6803
Greenville, NC 27858
E-mail: rjoyner3@suddenlink.net

16. Payzer Scholarship

DEADLINE: Contact sponsor

Established and funded by the Experimental Aircraft Association (“EAA”), this scholarship makes an annual award of $5,000 to assist a deserving Mathematics, Engineering, or Science major reach the outer orbits of career success.

Applicants must be:

• Currently attending or accepted for admission into an accredited post-secondary program with an IT emphasis
• A current EAA member or recommended by a current EAA member


Payzer Scholarship
EAA Education Department
EAA Scholarship Department
P.O. 3086
Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086
Phone: (920) 426-6823
E-mail: scholarships@eaa.org
Apply online at https://secure.eaa.org/education/scholarships.html

17. Porter Presidential Scholarship –Skidmore

DEADLINE: Contact sponsor

Established in 1998 to honor David H. Porter, the fifth president of Skidmore College in Sarasota New York, this fund awards $60,000 to five Skidmore students who exhibit exceptional potential in math and science. Funds are equally divided among four academic years.

A math or science major is not mandatory. However, recipients must complete at least one course in both subjects each semester a substantial research or independent study project with a Skidmore math or science faculty member.


Porter Presidential Scholarship – Skidmore
Skidmore College
Financial Aid Office
Starbuck Center
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 580-5750
E-mail: admissions@skidmore.edu

18. Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Program

DEADLINE: Contact sponsor

Made possible by a 1942 $2.2 million bequest by Ripon College graduate Harry Knop, Jr., this program makes renewable full-tuition awards to math and natural science majors at Ripon College.

Applicants must:

• Be high school seniors
• Have a minimum 3.8 GPA
• Rank within the top five percent of graduating class
• Provide a teacher recommendation letter

Chosen recipients must participate in an annual Scholarship Day, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and satisfactory academic progress in a four-year degree program at Ricon College.


Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Program
Ripon College Office of Financial Aid
300 W. Seward St.
Ripon, WI
Phone: (877) 742-9532
E-mail: financialaid@ripon.ed

19. Robert A. Dannels Memorial Scholarship

DEADLINE: February 1

The American Nuclear Society (“ANS”) sponsors this scholarship makes an annual award of $3,500 to an outstanding full-time graduate scholar in an accredited computer or math program related to engineering and nuclear science. Applicants must also be an active ANS member and eligible candidates who are physically challenged are strongly encouraged to apply.


Robert A. Dannels Memorial Scholarship
555 North Kensington Avenue
American Nuclear Society
LaGrange Park, IL 60526
Phone: (800) 323-3044
E-mail: outreach@ans.org

20. SMART Scholarship for Service

DEADLINE: Contact sponsor

This scholarship is sponsored by Department of Defense (“DOD”) sub-agency Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (“SMART”) and aims to increase the number of civilian engineers and scientists employed by DOD labs.

Toward that end, DOD apparently spares no expense insofar as this program is concerned. Besides full tuition and all other education-related expenses, chosen SMART scholars receive a $1,200 health insurance allowance, paid summer internships, annual stipends of $25,000 to $38,000, and post-graduation job placement.

Applicants must be:

• U.S. citizens at time of application
• Age 18 or older on August 1 of award year
• Agree to work for DOD after graduation
• Full-time graduate or undergraduate students majoring in a STEM discipline at an accredited U.S. institution
• In good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA


SMART Scholarship for Service
1818 N St NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202)331-3544
E-mail: smart@asee.org

21. SWE Golden Gate Section Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 29

The Society of Women Engineers, Golden Gate Section (“SWE-GGS”) sponsors this scholarship that assists young women residing in the San Francisco, CA Bay Area pay for higher education in engineering and related disciplines.

Applicants must be:

• Female
• Living or attending school within SWE-GGS geographical boundaries; see http://swe-goldenwest.org/ggs/scholarship/section-a001-zip-codes.xls for a list of eligible zip codes
• A graduating high school senior planning to pursue a four-year degree in math, physical or computer science, or engineering

Although there are no specific required minimums, selections are based on GPA, recommendation letters, quality of application questionnaire responses, and extracurricular activities.


SWE Golden Gate Section Scholarship
Lisa Raber, Scholarship Chair
2625 Alcatraz Avenue PMB 356
Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: (314) 363-3347
E-mail: lisa.raber@swe.org

22. TEACH Grant

DEADLINE: Contact sponsor

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this program awards a grant of up to $4,000 per year to aspiring teachers who are currently or planning to pursue a teaching degree.

Applicants must:

• Complete a FAFSA
• Be eligible to receive federal student financial aid
• Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a participating post-secondary institution
• Have scored higher than the 75th percentile on at least one ACT/SAT/GRE component

As a condition of grant receipt, awardees must execute a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that contractually obligates them to teach in a high-need field such as mathematics at a secondary school located in a low-income area for at least two academic years within eight calendar years of award.


Federal Student Aid Information Center
Phone: (800) 433-3243
To apply or obtain more details, see http://teach-ats.ed.gov

23. Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: January 17

JP Morgan sponsors this scholarship as a sort of early recruitment device that serves as a “pipeline to entry-level, full-time employment” at the firm for 10 of the Big Apple’s best and brightest high graduates. Chosen recipients receive a full-tuition scholarship to one of a dozen post-secondary schools within the State of New York, paid internships at JPMorgan throughout their four-year college attendance, an annual allowance for books and supplies; career planning assistance, and professional networking opportunity access.

Applicants must:

• Be graduating seniors from New York City (“NYC”) high schools
• NYC residents
• Legally authorized to work in the U.S.
• Accepted for admission by a participating school
• Planning to major in a field other than fine arts or life science
• Have a minimum GPA of 90 percent
• Rank within the top 15 percent of graduating class
• Have a combined verbal and math SAT score of ≤1000
• Have completed a FAFSA


Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program
Phone: (866) 520-2976
E-mail: smart.start@jpmorgan.com

24. TKE Educational Foundation Francis J. Flynn Memorial Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 15

Established in 1968 to honor the late St. John’s University math professor and Tau Kappa Epsilon (“TKE”) frat it is named after, this scholarship makes an annual award of $700 to assist his fellow Tekes fund a college education.

Applicants must:

• Be an active TKE member
• Have a cumulative ≤ 2.75 GPA
• A history of outstanding leadership within their chapter
• Be a full-time undergraduate major in math or education


TKE Educational Foundation Francis J. Flynn Memorial Scholarship
Tau Kappa Epsilon
7439 Woodland Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Phone: (317) 872-6533
Email: tkeogc@tke.org

25. Winston Churchill Foundation of the USA Churchill Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: Contact sponsor

Every slot in this prestigious scholarship program is strictly reserved for the extra elite cream of the crop within the extreme top of academic apexes in math, science, and engineering. This is quite reasonable, however, considering the royal treatment those few fortunate receive.

Churchill Scholars get a bundle of benefits comprised of a $45,000 to $50,000 all-inclusive grand prize that covers all costs of a nine to twelve-month study abroad stint at eminent Cambridge University in England. Expenses encompassed in this comprehensive educational package include travel fares, UK visa fees, a monthly subsistence stipend, and a research grant.

Applicants must be/have:

• U.S. citizens
• A current student or recent graduate of a participating institution
• Between 19 and 26 years old
• A bachelor’s degree
• Non-Ph.D. conferees

Although no minimum applies, most recent Churchill Scholars reportedly have GPAs of 3.7 to 3.9 or higher.


Winston Churchill Foundation of the USA Churchill Scholarship Program
Peter C. Patrikis, Executive Director
600 Madison Avenue, Suite 1601
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 752-3200
E-mail: info@winstonchurchillfoundation.org