How to Find Math Scholarships?

Math scholarships are out there and offer very hefty awards. For those who major in math you can really take advantage of what’s out there.

Wait a minute…A math major? Well first of all Yawn right? What on earth will someone do with that? Well you’d actually be surprised what you can do with a degree in Math.

What Types of Jobs Can You Do With a Math Degree?

You’d be amazed at the types of jobs one can do with a degree in mathematics. Check out the list below:

  • High School Teacher
  • Engineering
  • Banking
  • Academia and research
  • Finance Clerk
  • Actuary
  • Statistician
  • Meteorology
  • Research Analyst
  • Investment Analyst

Why Would Pursing a Math Degree Make Sense?

Have you ever heard of the expression the riches are in the niches? I say this because this philosophy is something that’s applicable in many walks of life. For your degree choice and eventual job, it’s essential. Take it from me. I have two business degrees. Yes I learned a lot but let’s rewind to when I was graduating with my bachelors. I was one of many. Someone once told me if you were going to get a business degree then you should have just started a business in your late teens and early 20s and you would learned more…lol. Searching for jobs and going on job interviews was challenging because how am I supposed to stand out from my competition?

I have a good friend of mine that is a biochemist. Since I’ve known him he’s changed jobs about three times. Mostly due to his relocation. Nevertheless, when he was searching for the jobs he was not only able to find quite a few to apply to but once he applied, he was getting calls quickly. Why is this? Well it’s because it’s a very select skill set with not a lot of competition.

I say this because we may need to rethink the advice we give our children as parents or if you’re listening and are a student we may need to rethink our approach with our degree choice. I rather be big fish in a small pond as opposed to a small fish in a big pond.

Available Math Scholarships

Scholarships.com has some information on Math Scholarships.  Just as there were many weird and wacky scholarships available, there are several scholarships for Math. There are some massive awards from $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000. Many seem to be for those pursing the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) field. Again, lots of opportunity out there.

Now let’s take a look at Tuition Drop’s List of Top 12 Math Scholarships!!!

Alexander & Lavonne Dragt Family Honors Scholarship

Requirements: Must have at least a cumulative of 3.4 GPA. SAT score of 1090 or ACT score of 24. If awarded must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA and be enrolled full-time.

Amount: Varies

Affiliated College:  Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Contact

Calvin College Financial Aid Office

616-525-6134

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program

Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen, natural, or legal alien. Must currently or considering majoring in math, natural sciences, engineering. Institutions must be accredited.  

Amount: $7,500

Affiliated College:  N/A

Contact

Visit here to learn more: Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program

California State University – Edison International Scholarship Program

Requirements: Must be accepted full-time into a participating California State University school. A declared major in Math, physics, chemistry, geology, engineering, computer science, and will need to show financial need.  Also must demonstrate community service commitment, low income, and be a first generation college student. If selected then you will need to obtain a minimum 2.0 GPA and continual enrollment of a STEM program.

Amount: Averaging $3,000

Affiliated College:  Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Contact

University of California – Edison International Scholarship Program

657-278-3211

Computer Science, Engineering & Math Scholarship for Fort Lewis College

Requirements: Must be full-time at Fort Lewis College and major in any of its named program. Must also demonstrate financial need and academic potential.

Amount: $3,100

Affiliated College:  Fort Lewis College located in Durango, Colorado 

Contact

Fort Lewis College Office of Financial Aid

970-247-7142

Furman University Wylie Math Scholarship

Requirements: For freshman entering Furman University. Students will need to demonstrate aptitude in math and an interest in pursuing a math degree. A minimum SAT score of 1350 and a minimum ACT score of 31 will also be needed.  

Amount: $15,000

Affiliated College:  Furman University located in Greenville, South Carolina

Contact

Visit here to learn more: Furman University Wylie Math Scholarship

Mastin Scholarship – John Carroll University

Requirements: With three annual awards, students must major in math, biology, chemistry, or physics. Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and maintain full-time status.  

Amount: $10,000

Affiliated College:  John Carroll University located in University Heights, Ohio

Contact

Mastin Scholarship – John Carroll University

216-397-1886

Morehead State University Computer Science & Mathematics Scholarship

Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen, refugee alien, or permanent legal resident. Demonstrate financial need and have FAFSA estimated family contribution (EFC) determined. That number combined with other financial assistance must be lower than attendance cost. Must have a good high school GPA and provide recommendation letters. A minimum GPA of 2.75 will need to be maintained.

Amount: $3,125

Affiliated College:  Morehead State University located in Morehead, Kentucky 

Contact

Morehead State University Computer Science & Mathematics Scholarship

606-783-2930

Payzer Scholarship

Requirements: Must be pursuing a major in math, engineering, or science. Also applicants must be accepted for admission into an accredited post-secondary program with IR emphasis and be a current EAA number or recommended by a current EAA member.

Amount: $5,000

Affiliated College:  N/A 

Contact

Payzer Scholarship EAA Education Department

920-426-6823

Porter Presidential Scholarship – Skidmore

Requirements: Math or science major is not mandatory. However, those who receive it must complete at least one course in both subject each semester and conduct thorough research with a Skidmore math or science faculty member. 

Amount: $60,000 (divided among four academic years)

Affiliated College:  Skidmore College located in Saratoga Springs, New York

Contact

Porter Presidential Scholarship – Skidmore

518-580-5750

Robert A. Dannels Memorial Scholarship

Requirements: Must be pursing an accredited computer or math program that is related to engineering and nuclear science. Also applicants must be an active ANS (American Nuclear Society) member. 

Amount: $3,500

Affiliated College:  N/A

Contact

Robert A. Dannels Memorial Scholarship

800-323-3044

TEACH Grant

Requirements: Applicants must complete a FAFSA, be eligible to receive federal student financial aid, and be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a post-secondary institution. You must also have scored higher than the 75th percentile on at least one of the ACT/SAT components.

Amount: $4,000

Affiliated College:  N/A

Contact

TEACH Grant Federal Student Aid Information Center

800-433-3243

Winston Churchill Foundation of the USA Churchill Scholarship Program

Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen and be a current student or recent graduate or a participating institution. You must also be between the ages of 19-26, have a bachelor’s degree, and have non-Ph.D. conferees. Most scholars have a GPA of 3.7-3.9. This also covers the cost of nine to twelve-month student abroad at Cambridge University in England. The award package includes travel, via fees, monthly stipend, and research grant.

Amount: Bundle of benefits comprising of amounts ranging between $45,000 – $50,000.

Affiliated College:  N/A

Contact

Robert A. Dannels Memorial Scholarship

800-323-3044

More Math Scholarships

The site bestvalueschools.com states that’s Math education scholarships are increasing in numbers. STEM (and STEAM) is quickly rising to the top of field that students are wanting to pursue. 20 of the best scholarships are then covered which again goes to show you that this stuff is out there, you just need to find it and take action.

In the End…Why Math?

The demand for mathematics experts has grown significantly in the amount of careers and the amount of interest. Mostly because of the recent rise in popularity of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) fields. Many of the career paths are among the most promising right now based on the income, growth outlook, and low-stress work environments.

Professional who pursue the fields are very well compensated with salaries range from the low end of $79,990 (Statisticians) to $108,360 (Computer and Information Research Scientists).

What is it like being a Math Major?

The University of Houston has an interesting page for of questions and answers for those who want to pursue a Math Degree.

This question stood out the most to me (This is verbatim taken from the University of Houston website).

Question: What is it like being a Math Major?

Answer: As a field of study, mathematics is like nothing else. Mathematics is often referred to as “The Queen of the Sciences”, and uses a great deal of logic and quantitative reasoning. As a result, mathematics has applications in numerous other subjects. In fact, many other subjects rely so heavily on mathematics that their most important questions are, fundamentally, math problems. 

Mathematicians seek out patterns and use mathematical structures as models. Mathematicians often want to prove that certain statements about mathematical structures are true, and if the models are good approximations of the real world, mathematical reasoning can provide insight about nature and make predictions about the world around us. Mathematics involves a great deal of logic, abstraction, problem-solving, counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of shapes and motion. Many math majors and students of advanced mathematics tend to use words such as “beautiful”, “powerful”, and “useful” when describing how they feel about the mathematics they learn. 

The mathematics that you see in Calculus is only a small slice of the mathematics that exists and that you can study in college. As a UH mathematics major, you will have the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses. After completing a set of core classes, you can develop breadth by sampling from different classes representing the main areas of mathematics, and you can develop depth by taking 4000-level sequences that help you specialize in an advanced aspect of mathematics. Also, if you progress quickly enough through the courses, it is even possible to take graduate math courses as an undergraduate. This can give you a wonderful jump start for graduate school, or make you more qualified and more employable for future jobs. 

Will you be the next great mathematician that receives a math scholarship?

Just look who you would be in company with:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Isaac Newton
  • Archimedes
  • Carl Gauss
  • Leonhard Fuller
  • Thales
  • Pythagoras
  • Rene Descartes
  • John Forbes Nash, Jr.
  • Euclid
  • John von Neumann
  • John Napier
  • Sophie Germain
  • Emmy Noether
  • Edward Witten
  • Georg Cantor
  • George Boole
  • Evariste Galois
  • Andrew Wiles
  • David Hilbert
  • Omar Khayyam
  • Benjamin Banneker
  • Srinvasa Ramanujan

I mentioned these people as motivation for your aspiring mathematicians out there. If you truly want this and want to make something special then this is the track for you. STEAM and STEM is the future and based on all my research these fields will create sustainable and fulfilling careers. The opportunities for math scholarships are there and you can see how much they can offer to help your path. Yes, some are specific and are competitive but if you can take the time to apply for them and are eligible for an award then you have set yourself up for some future.

I give everyone credit who pursues this path as it takes a special type of person. It’s something I personally couldn’t do. Consider yourself to have a gift to approach this career with confidence. I cannot wait to see everyone’s success who pursues these path.

That is all for now. Be well everyone.

Tuition Drop Podcast

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