Math Scholarships

While the first impulse of your friends and family may be to ask, “A math major? What on earth are you going to do with that?,” a mathematics degree is actually highly useful and versatile. You can literally be anything from a high school teacher to an actuary to a CIA cryptographer with a degree in math. These are only some of the wide range of lucrative and interesting career opportunities that await college math majors.

Even if you’re planning on a career in business, technology, or another high-paying field, paying for your mathematics degree is still a concern. Beyond paying for your undergraduate degree, you may also be thinking about grad school. Since math majors tend to score above average on standardized tests for graduate admission, such as the LSAT and the GMAT, if you’re interested in graduate school, it may be less a question of whether you can get in than whether you can pay to go.

Luckily, in addition to federal aid and the state and university math scholarships you may win (after all, math majors are a pretty smart bunch overall), there are a number of other math scholarship opportunities out there for majors. High school students planning to pursue a career in mathematics or a related field can take advantage of a number of math, science and technology scholarships. National scholarships are offered by the NAACP and the National Science Foundation while schools including the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of California at San Diego offer university-based awards. Some even carry top prizes of $50,000 to $100,000! Students who are interested in teaching mathematics also have a number of math scholarship opportunities — math is one of several areas of teacher shortage, so a variety of math scholarship and grant awards, as well as loan forgiveness programs, have been created to encourage students to pursue teaching careers in math. If you’re planning to teach math, be sure to check out our article on education scholarships for more information on these programs.

Below are a few of the math scholarships available. To see more math scholarships, as well as awards based on your other unique characteristics, conduct a free scholarship search on

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists. From grant writing to interaction with their community, these skills will benefit a student's career path and increase public understanding of science and technology.

The Fellowship places senior undergraduate and graduate science, engineering and mathematics students at media [...] More

AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards have been established by the AIAA Evolution of Flight Campaign and the AIAA Foundation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight. The Awards recognize the Wright brother’s aeronautical achievements and contributions to the evolution of flight.

The AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards provide [...] More

AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The AIAA Foundation undergraduate scholarship program awards 30 scholarships of $2,000 to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year. All participants can apply to renew $2,000 scholarships annually until graduation.

The objective of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics. The Institute [...] More

Alaska Space Grant Program Fellowships
Application Deadlines: September 12, Annually
The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP), a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, invites applications from U. S. citizens for undergraduate student scholarships. These stipends are offered to students majoring in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) fields. Stipends available under this announcement are limited to students attending Alaska [...] More

Applied Science STEM Stars NSF S-STEM Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
These scholarships will be awarded to 5 current or articulating Applied Science students. Recipients will be awarded a maximum of $5,000 or their FAFSA estimated “financial need”, whichever is less. This scholarship is not renewable. Applicants who demonstrate academic promise and a commitment to Applied Science will be invited to the Applied Science NSF S-STEM [...] More

Bache Renshaw Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 14, Annually
The ISI Bache Renshaw Fellowship awards each recipient $12,000 toward doctoral study in education that will influence the discipline with the ideas, values, and institutions that are fundamental to America’s Western tradition.

Successful candidates will intend to pursue doctoral study so that they may teach future teachers, shape and influence curricula, and contribute to the larger dialogue [...] More

Boston University Robert Noyce Scholarship Programs
Application Deadlines: February 05, Annually
Boston University is excited to announce the Noyce Scholarship Program in Mathematics, a new initiative to prepare middle school and high school mathematics teachers. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the School of Education and in collaboration with six local school districts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Noyce Program will train up to 13 graduate students [...] More

CMC N1 SS Secondary Education Scholarships
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
For over 35 years, the California Mathematics Council-South has held an Annual Scholarship and Inservice Grant Program to promote interest in mathematics and excellence in the teaching of mathematics for students and teachers in the CMC–S region.

One of the ways with which we hope to accomplish these goals is our scholarship and grant program. We have four categories of scholarships and [...] More

College of Saint Rose Academic Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The College of Saint Rose is committed to enrolling students with superior ability and proven achievement. To support our commitment, the College offers a generous array of academic scholarships. These scholarships are not based on financial need, but on the merits of students' academic achievement.

The College of Saint Rose scholarships are awarded upon acceptance to Saint Rose and are [...] More

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
CBYX for Young Professionals is a yearlong fellowship, funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State. The program annually gives 75 American young professionals the opportunity to study, work, and live with a host in Germany. The CBYX program consists of three phases: two months of German language school; four months of classes in your career field at a [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 19, Annually
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception. [...] More

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 27, Annually
The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) is a program funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration. The DOE CSGF trains scientists to meet the nation’s workforce needs and helps to create a nationwide interdisciplinary community. The fellowship provides support and guidance to some of the nation’s best [...] More

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
Application Deadlines: November 12, Annually
NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although [...] More

Edward C. Bryant Scholarship in Survey Statistics
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Each year, an outstanding graduate student in Survey Statistics is awarded the Edward C. Bryant Scholarship to help support the student's graduate education.

Westat, Inc., established the Edward C. Bryant Scholarship Trust Fund in 1995 to honor its co-founder and long time leader. Under Dr. Bryant's leadership, Westat, an employee-owned statistical firm established in 1961, grew into what is [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 30, Annually
The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or [...] More

ExCEL Computing Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Awards are $5,000 per year (and for graduate students also nine credits of tuition remission, valued at over $7,000). Note that this award can be combined with other financial aid granted by Loyola, which is typically substantial at the undergraduate level.

Eligible degree programs are: B.S. in bioinformatics, communications networks and security, computer science, computer science and [...] More

Ford Motor Company Tribal Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
Ford Motor Company will award up to $3,000 annually, based on financial need. The scholarship is for students studying math; science; engineering; business; teacher training; or environmental science.

To be eligible for the Ford/American Indian College Fund Corporate Scholars Program student must:

- Have at least a 3.0 grade point average;
- Be a full-time student with a declared a major [...] More

Furman University Wylie Math Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 20, Annually
The Wylie Scholarships in Mathematics are awarded to incoming freshmen that have demonstrated outstanding mathematical ability and an interest in pursuing the study of mathematics in college. These scholarships, which are worth up to $15,000 per year, are renewable based on completion of specific academic requirements and on participation in Furman's mathematics program. To be eligible for a [...] More

Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship in Statistics for Women
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The American Statistical Association Committee on Women in Statistics and the Caucus for Women in Statistics sponsor the Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship, which was established in 1989 to encourage more women to enter statistically-oriented professions.

Application is limited to women who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada, and who are admitted to full-time study in [...] More

JSU Alabama Bush Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The JSU Alabama Bush Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Newbern Bush, a retired faculty member who taught Mathematics.

The Scholarship is to be awarded to a full-time native-born Alabama student who has attained Junior status and is majoring in Mathematics.

For more information about this award, please visit our [...] More

L.D. "Dusty" Rhoades and Josephine Wright Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Memorials and contributions from the Rhoades family established this endowed scholarship fund. One $500 scholarship shall be awarded annually to a student who had declared a math/science or music major or minor. Additional criteria include cumulative GPA and financial need.

For more information, please visit Valley City State University's [...] More

Maine State Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 11, Annually
The Maine State Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program recognizes three Maine students planning to pursue education at a two- or four-year degree-granting college. Preference may be given to a student attending a Maine college and seeking a degree in a business- or education-related field. One scholarship is for a high school student pursuing an associate degree in a technical program, one [...] More

Microsoft Imagine Cup
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The world’s toughest problems will be addressed one solution at a time. But who will lead the change? Compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup student technology competition and you’ll join thousands of students from around the world who are stepping up to the challenge of global change. It all starts with you.

For Imagine Cup, you can choose from three team competitions — Software Design, Game [...] More

Minnesota Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadlines:
The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium scholarship program is available to U.S. Citizens who are full-time students registered at MnSGC Affiliate Member Institutions (listed below).

Students majoring in science, mathematics, computer science, and engineering are eligible (Pre-Med is discouraged, but some Biology Majors may apply). Students may download forms from the website, but need to [...] More

Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Scholarships and Fellowships
Application Deadlines:
Scholarships are for U.S. citizens who are enrolled full-time at one of the Affiliate Member MnSGC schools. Applicants must be majoring in science, math, or engineering fields with an interest in working for NASA.

A GPA of 3.5 is standard, but may vary with each school. Applicants must contact faculty representatives at their school for more information.

The MnSGC is part of the [...] More

NASA Idaho Space Grant Scholarship
Application Deadlines:
The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium Scholarship is available to students pursuing a baccalaureate degree at one of the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium member institutions located in the great state of Idaho (list available on website). The student must either be entering or enrolled as a full-time science, math, engineering, or science/math education major. Applicants must have a current [...] More

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Application Deadlines: December 18, Annually
As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2015, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude [...] More

National GEM Consortium Fellowships
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
GEM offers MS and Ph.D. level students an outstanding opportunity and access to dozens of the top Engineering and Science firms and Universities in the nation. The GEM Fellowship was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. GEM also [...] More

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Center
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The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and [...] More

Navmar's Chester High School Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 03, Annually
Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation is pleased to announce a call for all interested high school students to apply for our $1,000.00 College Scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are selected based on the following:
- United States Citizen
- Resident of Delaware County Pennsylvania
- Student of The Chester school district
- High school senior
- Acceptance to and attendance at an [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:
- Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment
- Be a United States citizen
- Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis

Application forms are only available through the high schools in the counties [...] More

North Dakota Space Grant Consortium Scholarships
Application Deadlines:
Each year NDSCG provides funds for scholarships at each of the two year public and tribal colleges in the state.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at a tribal or public two or four year institution of higher education in North Dakota. The degree program should be in the areas of science, mathematics or [...] More

Northrop Grumman HENAAC Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Since its inception ten years ago, the HENAAC Scholars Program has experienced tremendous growth. In 2008, through the generous support of our program sponsors, we passed the one million dollar amount in scholarship dollars awarded. In 2010, for the first time we awarded scholarships to more than 100 STEM students. HENAAC scholarship honorees continue to pave the way for future generations of [...] More

Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Program
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
The Knop Science Scholarship is a prestigious four-year, full tuition scholarship based on the next academic year's tuition figures. The Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Board convenes each year at the beginning of the second semester. The mission of the board is to identify high-achieving students who show the potential to contribute greatly to the science and mathematics departments at Ripon [...] More

SAPA Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The SAPA Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA) in 1999. Over the past years, SAPA has become a major pharmaceutical professional organization with 4,000 members and three chapters in the Northeast and West Coast.

The Foundation is supported by the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals [...] More

SEG Foundation General Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Through the generosity of our donors, there are approximately 75 different scholarships. Half are unrestricted scholarships; the rest have specific donor intentions that include consideration for major/minor, university, career intention, involvement in student activities, year of study, or particular research field.

Interested students complete one application which provides the committee [...] More

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
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The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas [...] More

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science SOARS Program
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
SOARS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [...] More

SMART Scholarship for Service
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service is a scholarship for service program that provides students with a stipend (starting between $22,500 and $38,000 per year), full tuition, health coverage, book allowance of $1,000, and other education expenses.

SMART has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support the education, [...] More

Society of Actuaries Hickman Scholar Program
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The Society of Actuaries James C. Hickman Scholar program was established to increase the number of academic actuaries who hold a PhD and an actuarial designation, and who intend to pursue academic careers in the United States or Canada. The program is designed to provide stipends to doctoral students who will, through their studies, address research and education needs of the profession, [...] More

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
SHPE members who demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Merit and need-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded based on specific eligibility criteria listed in the application.

Please note: We have transitioned to a 100% paperless application process via STARS Online. You will be [...] More

SWE Golden Gate Section Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 28, Annually
The Golden Gate Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is pleased to announce its High School Scholarship Program. Each year our Section awards scholarships to graduating local high school seniors who are pursuing a degree in engineering, computer science, physical science, or mathematics.

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a SWE-GGS scholarship. [...] More

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The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program will provide grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, the student must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of [...] More

Teacher Education Scholarship Program of the Alabama Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadlines: March 04, Annually
The ASGC provides a competitive Teacher Education Scholarship for Alabama’s Space Grant colleges with the goals of encouraging students to pursue degrees leading to becoming teachers of the sciences and mathematics, especially earth, space and environmental science; recognizing high academic achievement and promise; increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and disabled [...] More

Texas Space Grant Consortium Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Texas Space Grant Consortium and the Aviation and Space Foundation of Texas in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have established this scholarship program in memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. These seven men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice to expand the exploration of space and our knowledge of the world that we live in.

These [...] More

The Siemens Competition
Application Deadlines: September 22, Annually
The Siemens Foundation (the "Foundation") established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology ("Siemens Competition" or "Competition") in 1999. The Siemens Competition seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study and informs [...] More

Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 17, Annually
Each year, 10 high school graduating seniors across New York City become part of the Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program. Since 1992 the Scholarship program has had an impact on over 450 students throughout the five boroughs of New York City by providing education, work-related and financial benefits.

Scholarship recipients receive a full-tuition scholarship (less financial [...] More

TKE Educational Foundation Francis J. Flynn Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
Frank J. Flynn was initiated a Teke at Theta-Sigma Chapter at St. John\'s University in 1968, where he was a professor of mathematics. He served as Faculty Advisor, Chapter Advisor, and as the first District President (now Grand Province Advisor) for the Liberty District. He was a Grand Prytanis Key Leader Award recipient in 1975. Frater Flynn entered the Chapter Eternal in 1987, while in his [...] More

University of Rochester FIRST Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The University of Rochester, in partnership with "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology", will commit five $40,000 ($10,000 annual) awards to students enrolling as first-year students at the University of Rochester.

Students who wish to qualify for the FIRST Robotics Scholarship must have competed on a FIRST team, and must submit a letter from their FIRST team coordinator. [...] More

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission HBCU Student Research
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission HBCU Student Research Participation Program provides opportunities to participate in ongoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission research and development.

Discipline(s): computer science, engineering, earth or geosciences, health physics, materials science, mathematics, molecular/radiation biology, performance and risk assessments, physical sciences, [...] More

WHOI Summer Student Fellowship Program
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Summer Student Fellowships at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are awarded to undergraduate students who have completed their junior or senior year at colleges or universities and are studying in any of the fields of science or engineering including but not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, oceanography, and [...] More

Winston Churchill Foundation of the USA Churchill Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: November 10, Annually
Applicants for a Churchill Scholarship must be citizens of the United States and must be a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program competition or a student who has recently graduated from one of those institutions. Upon taking up a scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must be between the ages of 19 and 26, hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, [...] More

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