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Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

Undergraduate mathematics and statistics majors may be able to apply for a scholarship from the Department of Mathematics. The amount varies from year to year and depends on academic performance, financial need, and availability of funds. Past awards have ranged from $100 to $4000. When scholarships are available, information about how and when to apply will be posted here.

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    • Academic Excellence Award

      Eligibility: Graduating Mathematics Majors

      In the process of selecting the Outstanding Senior, the Undergraduate Committee may choose to recognize one or more additional students for academic excellence

    • Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

      Eligibility: A graduating senior who has shown outstanding achievement in independent, undergraduate research
      Frequency: Annual

      During the spring semester, the Undergraduate Committee (UGC) selects a mathematics major (who will be graduating during that academic year) for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. The department's selection for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Mathematics is then forwarded to the College of Science for consideration for the College of Science Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. Candidates may be asked to submit supporting materials for consideration.

    • Math Major 4.0 GPA Award

      Eligibility: Graduating Math Majors who have maintained a 4.0 major GPA up to their final term

      Students are recognized with a certificate and sash suitable for wearing with cap and gown at graduation.  

    • Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

      Eligibility: A graduating senior who has maintained a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better, is involved in research/internship, and is also recognized as a leader within the campus or the larger community
      Frequency: Twice a year

      Two awards are made each year, one for December commencement (for students who graduated over the summer or in the fall semester) and the other for May commencement (for students graduating in the spring semester). Each semester, the department's selection for Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics is then forwarded to the College of Science for consideration for the College of Science Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Candidates may be asked to submit supporting materials for consideration.

    • The Emeritus Faculty Award for Academic Excellence

      Amount: $1,000

      In Fall 2013, the Department of Mathematics received an anonymous donation to help fund scholarships in mathematics.  This scholarship was instituted in Fall 2013 to make an award to a second outstanding candidate for the Toubassi prize.  The recipient is an outstanding graduating senior majoring in mathematics, and planning to attend graduate school in the mathematical sciences.

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    • College of Science Excellence in Research Award

      Eligibility: A graduating senior who has shown outstanding achievement in independent, undergraduate research
      Frequency: Annual

      During the spring semester, the Undergraduate Committee (UGC) selects a mathematics major (who will be graduating during that academic year) for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. The department's selection for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Mathematics is then forwarded to the College of Science for consideration for the College of Science Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. Candidates may be asked to submit supporting materials for consideration.

      In recognition of the fact that different disciplines have different academic and research cultures, departments are free to define their own criteria for selecting their nominees.  In general, the student’s work should be a significant contribution and show originality, creativity, and a level of independence appropriate to the discipline.

    • College of Science Galileo Circle Scholars - Undergraduate

      Frequency: Annual

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  each department in the College of Science may nominate from among their majors
      • Enrollment:  full-time
      • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
      • GPA:  3.2 minimum
      • Only one Galileo Circle Scholarship can be awarded per student per year
      • Each department may specify additional criteria

      Students selected by their department will be directed to submit an application in Scholarship Universe

       

    • College of Science Outstanding Senior Award

      Eligibility: A graduating senior who has maintained a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better, is involved in research/internship, and is also recognized as a leader within the campus or the larger community
      Frequency: Twice a year

      Two awards are made each year, one for December commencement (for students who graduated over the summer or in the fall semester) and the other for May commencement (for students graduating in the spring semester). Each semester, the department's selection for Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics is then forwarded to the College of Science for consideration for the College of Science Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Candidates may be asked to submit supporting materials for consideration.

    • Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award - other

      Many of our mathematics majors have an additional major in another subject.  When we learn that one of our majors has been selected as the Excellence in Research Award recipient by another major department, they are recognized here.

    • Outstanding Graduating Senior Award - other

      Frequency: Twice a year

      Many of our mathematics majors have an additional major in another subject.  When we learn that one of our majors has been selected as Outstanding Senior by another major department, they are recognized here.

    • Richard A. Harvill Graduate Fellowship

      Eligibility: A current UA undergraduate, domestic or international, who will complete his or her UA bachelor's degree in May, Who will be admitted to a UA doctoral program for the following Fall, and Has a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher.
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $12,000 plus base tuition (2 awards given annually)
      Application Period: Spring

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    • Churchill Scholarship

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: covers full tuition and feed at Cambridge, plus travel & living allowances
      Application Period: Fall

      Eligibility:  

      • Major:  none specified
      • Class Standing:  Senior or recent graduate from a participating institution
      • Citizenship/Residency:  U.S. citizen

       

      The Churchill Scholarship is for one year of study at the University of Cambridge for one of two Master’s degrees: the MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or MASt (Master of Advanced Study).  See the scholarship website for a list of eligible programs.

    • Fulbright Fellowship

      Frequency: Annual
      Application Period: Fall

      Eligibility:  

      • Class Standing:   must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant
      • Citizenship/Residency:  citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of application.  Permanent residents are not eligible. 
      • Applicants must be in good health
      • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research

      Benefits:

      • round-trip transportation to the host country
      • funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
      • Accident & Sickness Health Benefits
      • additional benefits may apply, depending on host country

      The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs, completed in a foreign country.  

      During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

      https://us.fulbrightonline.org/

    • Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.
      Application Period: Fall

      Eligibility:

      • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
      • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
        • PhD (three year research-only degree)
        • MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)
        • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

      Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.  The aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

      https://www.gatescambridge.org/

       

    • Goldwater Scholarship

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: up to $7,500 per year
      Application Period: Fall

      Eligibility:

      • Note: the U of A selects several nominees.
      • Major:  see website for list of specific fields of study; applicants must intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering
      • Class Standing:  Sophomore or Junior
      • Enrollment:  full-time
      • Citizenship/Residency:  U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia; a U.S. national for those students nominated from Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; or a permanent resident
      • GPA:  3.00 minimum
      • Renewal:  Sophomores who apply to receive the scholarship in their Junior year may be eligible to renew for Senior year.  

       

      While research in medicine is not supported by the National Science Foundation, students interested in pursuing careers in medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship IF MEDICAL RESEARCH IS A CENTRAL PART OF THE STUDENT’S CAREER GOALS.

      The U of A Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (ONCS) selects our university's nominees for the scholarship each year.  To apply, contact ONCS:  https://www.honors.arizona.edu/office-nationally-competitive-scholarships

    • NSF Graduate Fellowship

      Eligibility: You can apply both before you begin your graduate studies and as an early graduate student.
      Frequency: Annual
      Application Period: Fall

      The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

      https://www.nsfgrfp.org/

    • SMART Scholarship

      Frequency: Annual
      Application Period: Due around December 1

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the scholarship website
      • Age:  18 years of age or older as of August 1
      • Citizenship/Residency:  a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application
      • GPA:  3.0 minimum
      • have a high school diploma/GED
      • able to participate in summer internships at a DoD facility
      • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD

       Benefits:

      • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
      • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
      • Summer research internships
      • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
      • Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance of $1,000 per academic year
      • Mentoring
      • Employment placement at a DoD facility after graduation

       

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    • McLean Mathematics Education Scholarship

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $1,000 minimum
      Application Period: Spring

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  Mathematics, Secondary Education emphasis only
      • Class Standing:  sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior
      • Enrollment:  full-time
      • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
      • Courses Complete:  MATH 122A/B (or equivalent) and MATH 205
      • Other:  Genuine commitment to teaching at the secondary level upon degree completion.

      As much as possible, all McLean fellows will be chosen with attention to their overall GPA, their mathematical aptitude, and emerging leadership within the community.  

      Mathematics Education Fellows receiving the award prior to their senior year, will remain fellows through their senior year, for a maximum period of three consecutive academic years, upon satisfactory progress in the mathematics major, mathematics education emphasis.  The award values are as follows:

      Sophomore year:  $1,000; Junior year: $2,000; Senior year: $3,000.

    • Noyce Scholarship

      Frequency: Semi Annual
      Amount: $10,000/year
      Application Deadline: December 1, 2018

      Eligibility:  

      • Major:  Mathematics, Secondary Education emphasis only
      • Class Standing:  Junior or Senior (students may apply at the end of the Sophomore year for support in the Junior year)
      • Renewal:  Students supported in their Junior year who continue to meet eligibility criteria may request renewal for their Senior year.
      • Other:  The Noyce Scholars must commit to teaching for 2 years in a high-needs school district for each year of scholarship support.

       

      Noyce Scholarships for $10,000 are provided for undergraduates in the Secondary Mathematics Education Program in the junior and senior years. The AZ Noyce MaTh program focuses on the recruitment, development and support of mathematics majors in order to address the critical need for highly effective teachers in high-needs schools. The Noyce Scholars must commit to teaching for 2 years in a high-needs school district for each year of scholarship support. This application requires a personal statement and two letters of recommendation. 

      Persons writing the letters of recommendation must send the letters directly to TeachMath@math.arizona.edu.

      More information is available on the SMEP website:  https://smep.math.arizona.edu/content/az-noyce-math-program

    • The Elias Toubassi Scholarship Endowment in Undergraduate Mathematics - Education

      Eligibility: Rising Senior Mathematics Education Majors; minimum math GPA: 3.0.
      Frequency: Once a year, in Spring
      Amount: $1,200 (as of 2016-17)
      Application Period: No application required

      Selected by the Undergraduate Committee (UGC).  Recipients are excellent rising Seniors in the Mathematics Education emphasis planning to complete student teaching the following year.

      As of 2018, funding for this award is no longer available.

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    • Dr. Thomas M. Grogan and Candace C. Grogan Endowment Scholarship

      Amount: $4000

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  any undergraduate major within the Department of Mathematics
      • Enrollment:  full-time
      • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
      • Need:  recipients will be selected primarily based on financial need.  Applicants who have not filed a FAFSA will need to explain their need in the application.
      • Renewal:  may be renewed, provided satisfactory academic progress toward degree is made.  Students must apply for renewal.

       

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

    • Harry W. and Janet Sine Lusk Awards in the Mathematical Sciences - Travel Scholarship

      Frequency: Varies
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Ongoing

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  Mathematical Sciences
      • Citizenship/Residency:  U.S. citizen or permanent resident

      Beginning in 2016, the award funds are to be used to help fund travel to conferences for undergraduates with majors in the Department of Mathematics.

      Application: http://goo.gl/forms/JdmKtGg6i4Nl97q93

    • James R. Bunch Scholarship Endowment

      Frequency: Varies
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Varies

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  Mathematics
      • Class Standing:  Junior or Senior
      • Enrollment:  Full-time
      • Citizenship/Residency:  must be eligible to apply for financial aid via FAFSA
      • Need:  must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA
      • Renewal:  may be renewed once, provided recipient maintains eligibility.  Students must apply for renewal.

       

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

    • McLean First-Generation College Fellows

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $2000 minimum
      Application Period: Spring

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  Mathematics
      • Enrollment:  full-time
      • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
      • Courses Complete:  
      • Completion of at least one course from:  MATH 223, 313, 254/355; this course must be completed at the University of Arizona (transfer credit does not apply).  If applicant has completed only one course from among 223, 313, 254/355, then at least one more must be in progress and expected to be completed by the end of the current spring semester.
      • First-generation college student (A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a bachelor's degree; OR A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a bachelor's degree; OR An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent.) 

      As much as possible, all McLean fellows will be chosen with attention to their overall GPA, their mathematical aptitude, and emerging leadership within the community.  

      To apply for consideration, students need to submit the following documentation:

      1.  Completed application form (link available only during application period)

      2.  A current resume (honors & awards, research, teaching, and/or work experiences, service, publications, memberships, and extra-curricular activities), submitted via email to the Math Center:  mcenter@math.arizona.edu.  

    • McLean Transfer Scholarship

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $2,000
      Application Period: Fall

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
      • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
      • Courses Complete:  must have completed at least 3 units of mathematics coursework beyond pre-calculus at the University of Arizona (transfer work does not apply) prior to the award semester 
      • Transferred to the University of Arizona from a 2-year community college in the state of Arizona

      As much as possible, all McLean fellows will be chosen with attention to their overall GPA, their mathematical aptitude, and emerging leadership within the community.  

      Students apply through Scholarship Universe.  Log in and update your profile to be matched to the scholarship.

    • The David Lomen Excellence in Mathematics Award Endowment

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $1,500 (minimum)
      Application Period: Spring

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  Mathematics
      • Class Standing:  Sophomore or Junior
      • Enrollment:  Full-time
      • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
      • GPA:  competitive applicants will have a minimum 3.5 GPA
      • Courses complete:  must have successfully completed vector calculus (Math 223) and differential equations (Math 355 or Math 254 - may be in-progress at time of application).  Both courses must be taken at the University of Arizona to qualify.
      • Renewal:  non-renewable; each student may receive the Lomen award only once.

       

      Award recipients will be chosen based on their overall GPA, mathematical aptitude, character, and emerging leadership within the UA campus or larger community.  For example, a recipient may be involved in research, outreach, teaching, or may have participated in internships in their field of study.

      Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by faculty, and must submit an application package including:

      1. A letter of nomination, addressing the candidate's mathematical aptitude, character, and emerging leadership within the UA campus or larger community. Emerging leadership may be addressed by describing a candidate's involvement in research, outreach, teaching, or internships in their field of study, for example.
      2. A current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
      3. A completed application form (a green Apply button will appear to the right when available)

       

      Recipients' names are added to a plaque in the lobby of the Mathematics Building.

      For questions on applying for the Lomen Award, candidates may contact the Math Center:  mcenter@math.arizona.edu.

       

    • The Elias Toubassi Scholarship Endowment in Undergraduate Mathematics

      Frequency: Once a year, in Fall
      Amount: $1,200 (as of 2016-17)
      Application Period: Fall

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  Mathematics or Mathematics Education and continuing on to a graduate program in the Mathematical Sciences
      • Class Standing:  Seniors, typically graduating the following Spring (non-renewable)
      • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
      • GPA:  minimum 3.0 in major

       

      Selected by the Undergraduate Committee (UGC).  Recipients are excellent graduating students applying to graduate programs in the mathematical sciences.  The recipients' graduate programs are listed.

    • The Marianne Cooke Johnsen Endowment in Mathematics

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: $500 (minimum)
      Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

      Eligibility:  

      • Major:  Mathematics or Mathematics Education
      • Class Standing:  entering Junior year (submission of application should occur in Spring of the Sophomore year) - non-renewable
      • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
      • Gender:  Female
      • GPA:  minimum 3.0 required.

       

      In addition, applicants are asked to submit an essay along with their application. The essay, of 500 words or less, should address:

      1. Why I chose to be a Mathematics or Mathematics Education Major
      2. How I will use my degree upon graduation from the University of Arizona

      The essay, which should focus on how the applicant wants to positively impact society, will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Committee or by a Scholarship Committee designated by the Department Head. They will also be included in the annual Johnsen Family newsletter and will be distributed to donors and friends of the Marianne Cooke Johnsen Endowment in Mathematics.

      For Spring 2019, the award amount has increased to $600.

    • The Richard Pierce Memorial Scholarship Endowment

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  Mathematics
      • Class Standing:  must not graduate before fall semester (fall enrollment required)
      • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified

       

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

    • The Rick Peet Memorial Scholarship Endowment

      Eligibility: Outstanding students majoring in Mathematics
      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

       

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

    • The Robert Gordon Scholarship Endowment in Mathematics

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

      Eligibility:  

      • Major:  Mathematics
      • Class Standing:  must not graduate before fall semester (fall enrollment required)
      • Citizenship/Residency:  none specified
      • Renewal:  satisfactory academic progress must be demonstrated for continued support.  Students must apply for renewal.

       

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

    • The Roy Graesser Foundation Scholarship Endowment

      Frequency: Annual
      Amount: Varies
      Application Period: Deadline: First Friday in April

      Eligibility:

      • Major:  Mathematics
      • Citizenship/Residency:  AZ Resident

       

      A single application is used for the Bunch, Gordon, Graesser, Grogan, Peet, and Pierce scholarships.  

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