Department of Mathematics
MATHEMATICS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN
Mathematics Alumni Scholarship
(Option A or B)
These are scholarships awarded to students through the generosity of alumni of the Department of Mathematics. They are given to new freshman mathematics majors, currently enrolled mathematics majors, and transfer students who have listed mathematics as their intended major. Each recipient must remain a math major for the period of the scholarship. Each academic year approximately ten scholarships are awarded. Amount of the award is $1,000 per year.
- Must be recommended by two high school teachers addressing the student’s interest in mathematics and potential to succeed in a career related to mathematics; and must remain a math major for the period of the scholarship.
- Incoming freshman must have an ACT math score of at least 23 or be in the upper 25% on an equivalent national assessment of mathematics ability and must be in the upper 20% of the student’s high school graduating class.
- Continuing students must have an overall college grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale (students with less than 30 semester hours must submit a copy of ACT or other standardized test scores) and must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average in mathematics courses that count in the major (the number of mathematics courses completed will be one consideration).
- Transfer students must be transferring with mathematics as the intended major; must have an overall college grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale (students with less than 30 semester hours must submit a copy of ACT or other standardized test scores) and must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average in mathematics courses that count in the major (the number of mathematics courses completed will be one consideration).
Elizabeth Glenadine Gibb Mathematics Scholarship
This is a four year scholarship given to a beginning freshman each year. The applicant must be a Mathematics-Teacher Education major (Option B). The applicant must have a superior academic record and have demonstrated high ability through a national testing program (the equivalent of an ACT composite and sub-score in mathematics of at least 27). If a committed Gibb scholarship becomes available for any reason, then it will be offered to another student of the same class rank. In order to maintain the scholarship or receive the scholarship as an alternate, students must have a 3.0 GPA in mathematics and overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of the freshman year and a 3.2 GPA in mathematics and overall at the end of the sophomore year thereafter. All applicants must have the teaching of mathematics as a career goal. The amount of the award is $1,000 per year.
- Must exemplify those personal traits which demonstrate potential for successful teaching. (The high school senior who is applying must have two letters of recommendation in support of these qualities. One should be from a teacher of mathematics at his/her high school and one from the principal or counselor of the high school.)
- Must meet one of the following:
- Have an ACT composite score of at least 27 or equivalent;
- Be in the upper ten percent of the high school class and have an ACT composite score of at least 22, or;
- Have a 3.2 or above grade point average for all course work at an accredited college or university.
- Have the teaching of mathematics as a career goal. (In applying for the scholarship, students will be asked to describe their goals including the personal reason(s) they see the teaching of mathematics as a career choice.)
- Continuing students must maintain full-time undergraduate student status as a mathematics major with the teaching of mathematics as a career goal and maintain an overall college grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale and at least a 3.0 in all mathematics courses taken in the first year. A 3.2 (overall and in mathematics) is required by the end of the second year and thereafter.
Fred Rattner Memorial Scholarship
(Option A or B)
This is a scholarship given to a beginning freshman (when available). The student must be enrolled full-time with a major in mathematics and must have an ACT score of 24 or higher (or the equivalent on a national assessment of mathematics ability) or be in the upper 10% of his or her class. The award is renewable. A student need not reapply for the award as long as he or she remains in good standing with the University and maintains a 3.0 or higher grade point average.
Consideration of applications will begin on April 15 and continue until all scholarships are awarded.
If you would like the scholarship application form to be sent to you, please contact:
Chair, Department of Mathematics
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1054