There are a multitude of great scholarships available for students of mathematics, from competition-based awards to grants that encourage developing math teachers. Here is where to find mathematics scholarships.
For the young and talented, the MathCounts competition is held at both a state and national level for middle school mathematicians, up until eighth grade. The national winner receives a laptop, TI-nspire and an $8,000 scholarship. But the rewards do not stop there. Doing well in this competition garners young geniuses a lot of attention. MathPath is just one organization that grants scholarships and financial aid to MathCounts students. Register with MathCounts via their website for preparation guides and the big competition.
High school students can check out colleges of their choice for university-based scholarships and awards for mathematics. Start your search early, preferably at least your junior year, because applying for these highly competitive scholarships begins early senior year. Be sure to cast a wide net, both locally and out-of-state because more and more universities are creating scholarships for local students that are in addition to their usual scholarships. Apply for both your favorite college and also a less popular college to increase your chances. Sometimes being a big fish in a small pond can result in sponsored tuition. While getting a full ride is rare, there are a lot of different types of award-based and need-based scholarships, fellowships and grants you are likely eligible for.
America needs more math teachers. As a result, there are teaching grants and fellowships to help encourage college students to pursue a life of teaching math. The Newton Fellowship Program is behind Math for America, a grant-awarding institution to help promote skilled math teaching. The MfA fellowship includes full-tuition scholarship to earn a master’s degree or teacher credentialing program in Mathematics Education, as well as $100,000 in stipends. If you are finishing up your Bachelor’s degree and are looking for financial aid to become a math teacher, you may be eligible for this fellowship. With this fellowship comes the commitment to teach math. Some tuition awards are location-specific. For instance, there is a Math for America New York Fellowship that funds the education of a math teacher who is expected to educate in New York upon completion.
When searching for mathematics scholarships, do not limit yourself to only those awards with “math” in the title. There are science and technology grants, fellowships and scholarships that also appeal to mathematics aficionados. The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium is eligible to students majoring in science, math, computer science and engineering.
While a majority of these scholarships are for United States citizens, there are a few foreign fellowships and grants available as well. For instance, the ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa Scholars Program fully funds students who have Bachelor’s degrees to continue their education to a Masters or PhD level. This scholarship is awarded twice a year, and applications are open year-round. Check out their information on Scholarships.com to see if you are a citizen of a qualifying country.