Math majors are in high demand in New York, particularly those interested in a career in education. Students who enjoy math and decide to pursue a career in teaching may apply for substantial scholarships, including those that cover tuition and provide a stipend while in school. Most math scholarships require an agreement to teach in New York after graduation.
The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation offers the NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarships. Students who wish to pursue a degree to teach secondary mathematics may qualify for the scholarships. Students must be enrolled full-time in a New York state college or university and will receive a scholarship for full resident tuition. Recipients of the scholarship must maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to continue to receive the scholarship. A service contract must also be signed which requires scholarship recipients to teach in a New York secondary school for at least five years after graduation.
Math for America offers fellowships as a way of bringing quality educators into New York City schools. The program recruits recent college graduates with a math-related degree or individuals currently working in a math-related career who wish to change careers. Recipients of the fellowship receive a scholarship to cover full tuition to obtain a Master’s degree through a teacher preparation program and a $30,000 stipend for the first year. Students must then agree to teach for at least for years in a New York City secondary school where they will receive a $70,000 stipend over the course of the four years while earning a teaching salary. During the program, teachers also receive support from mentors and participate in professional development opportunities.
For students interested in mathematics and science who do not have an interest in teaching, the New York City Science and Engineering Fair offers students from New York City the opportunity to compete for scholarships and other prizes. Students compete as individuals or teams to conduct scientific research and enter their research into the competition. The top 250 students compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The competition is open to high school students.
Students who major in mathematics or a related field at the City College of New York are eligible for multiple scholarships. The Rich Scholarship and Bernard Sohmer Mathematics Scholarship provide $5,000 scholarships to students who have shown excellence in the field of mathematics. The Rich Scholarship also considers financial need when determining the recipient of the scholarship. Multiple other scholarships, awards and medals are given to students based on professor nominations and high scores on final exams in certain mathematics courses. Also open to students at the City College of New York are internship opportunities which provide funds to help cover living expenses and tuition costs. Juniors, seniors and Master's level students may apply for a Rich Summer Institute which provides $5,000 and the opportunity to conduct mathematics-based research with faculty supervision. The college also works with students to obtain paid internships through the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation.