Many students look to obtain scholarships to help ease the burden of college tuition. Nowadays, with room and board a typical college education can cost upwards of $50,000 a year. That is a tremendous amount of money that most people, especially students, cannot afford. Fortunately there are many scholarships that pay out significant funds that can help with these payments. Scholarships are available for almost any major discipline, especially the major ones such as business, English, writing, and of course math. If you are a math major looking for some additional funding to support your education there are many scholarships available for you. There are scholarships available for all sorts of math careers including teaching, research, or even for post-graduate programs. Here are a few of the better scholarships offered.
The Siemens Competition is one of the more sought after mathematics scholarships available. The program is offered in combination with the College Board which you may recall is the SAT administrating company. The competition is based upon promoting and encouraging skilled high school students to undertake individual or group research projects. These projects vary in discipline but include math, science, engineering and technology. Through this competition the students whose work is found to be most stimulating are rewarded with national recognition and monetary scholarship of varying degrees. This scholarship was established in 1999 and has grown to be one of the leading research scholarships available. It grants its reward to those with the highest academic standards and authentic research analysis.
The Image Cup is another of the more prominent scholarship offers available to mathematics students. If you feel that you are a creative minded person with ideas on how to better the world through innovation and technology, then this is the scholarship for you. The Image Cup takes the brightest minded and determined high school students and challenges them with the task of creating new innovations. This is a highly competitive program as more than 100,000 students apply each year from over 100 countries around the world. The competition spans 3 categories including technology solutions, skills challenge, and digital arts. Each category has 3 scholarships offered and those finalists are rewarded with an all-expense paid trip to Seoul, Korea. Additionally these students receive financial scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $25,000. These high earnings and intense competition make this one of the more popular scholarship opportunities available.
The Barry M. Goldwater scholarship is a fund that was established by the United States Congress in recognition of former US Senator Barry Goldwater and has been in place since 1986. This scholarship rewards current college juniors and seniors who excel in mathematics and science and who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Each participating universe across the United States nominates 4 students a year for this scholarship. These students then write essays, submit their field research as well as their letters of recommendation to the board. The scholarship boards then goes over each candidate’s application reviewing the field of study, career objectives, and commitment and contributions the student has made to his/her study. The top 300 candidates are each rewarded with a scholarship of up to $7,500 for each remaining academic year. This is the most valuable and sought after scholarship for current undergraduate students.
Unlike the other scholarships on this list which are all merit based, the Ford Motor Company Scholarship is completely financial need based. Every year Ford will award several scholarships worth up to $5,000 to students who are in financial need and who also are of Native American, Alaskan, or Hawaiian descent. In order to be considered for this fund you also need to be at least a sophomore at an accredited university with a declared major in mathematics, science, engineering, business, teacher training, or environmental science. You also must have a standing GPA of at least 3.0 and must fill out your Federal Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.
This scholarship is one that is offered through the combination of Procter & Gamble and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, or HSF. It is only available to those students who are of Hispanic heritage and who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. In order to be considered for this scholarship you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and you must be a legal US Citizen. Any Hispanic students studying in the US on a student visa are unfortunately not allowed to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must reside in the states of Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, or cities of Chicago, IL, Dallas, McAllen or San Antonio, TX, or Los Angeles, CA.