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Mathematics Department Scholarships

Application for Current Academic Year

Deadline: February 28, 2025 at 11:55 PM

Who can Apply: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Award Ceremony: May 2025

Application Link: Available in September 2024

Past Awards


For Accepted Incoming Students

Each year, the Department will offer a limited number of $500 scholarships to select students admitted to our majors. You can apply for one fo these scholarships by filling out an application form. On this form, you will be asked to submit an essay about your academic achievement and your career goals. Please contact us at for more information.

Sharon Keutzer Scholarship

(awarded at the ISU department level)

Each year one $1,500 award is made to an incoming student who has outstanding academic achievements or potential and is majoring in one of the Mathematics Department's majors. Students applying for this scholarship:

  1. must be an undergraduate student majoring in either mathematics, mathematics teacher education, actuarial science, or statistics.
  2. must be starting at ISU within the next six months.
  3. must have strong academic achievement.

Mathematics Scholar Awards

(awarded at the ISU department level)

Each year several $500 awards are made to incoming students who have outstanding academic achievements.


Mathematics Department Scholarships (any sequence)

Phyllis A. (Fehlhaber) Bair Scholarship in Math

Phyllis Anne (Fehlhaber) Bair was a 1958 graduate of ISU. Her husband, Wesley D. Bair, established the scholarship in her memory because of her appreciation of her education in mathematics. Candidates who are awarded this scholarship their junior year will automatically receive the scholarship again during their senior year provided they remain in good standing and in compliance with the guidelines.

Diane Brewer Scholarship

(awarded at the ISU department level)

This award is intended to recognize an outstanding student majoring in an undergraduate major in the Mathematics Department and who has sophomore standing at ISU at the time of the award.

Mathematics Faculty Scholarship for Undergraduate Research:

This scholarship was established by Drs. Saad El-Zanati and John Dossey, with contributions from many others made to honor past and present Mathematics Faculty. This scholarship provides support for undergraduate mathematics majors involved in undergraduate research in mathematics.


Mathematics Scholarships

Douglas & Dorothy Bey Scholarship

(awarded at the ISU department level)

This scholarship is intended for a mathematics major, typically completing his or her junior year, with both the potential and the intent of pursuing graduate study in the mathematical sciences and typically one $2,000 award is made each year.


Actuarial Scholarships

For more information about scholarships for actuarial students please go to their website.


Mathematics Education Scholarships

Several scholarship opportunities are available to students in mathematics education. For some scholarships, student applications are required. Other scholarships require that students be nominated by faculty (or others).

Dr. Edna F. Bazik Endowed Mathematics Teaching Scholarship

(awarded through the College of Education) Established in 2011 by Dr. Edna F. Bazik, a 43-year veteran mathematics educator, consultant, author, mathematics education program coordinator, and associate professor of mathematics education at National Louis University. One award of $1,000 is made each year. Applications can be submitted through the College of Education Scholarship page.

Frances R. & Helen T. Brown Scholarship

(awarded at the ISU department level) Dr. Francis Brown was an active member of the ISU Mathematics Department from 1949 until his retirement in 1977. In addition to his teaching and advising in the Mathematics Department, Dr. Brown served as Director of Illinois State University's Division of University Extension and Field Services from 1958 to 1977, providing leadership to the University's outreach and service to the schools of Illinois.

This scholarship is intended for promising students (typically in their junior year) enrolled in the Mathematics Teacher Education major in the ISU Mathematics Department and typically one $1,500 award is made each year.

Illinois Council of Teacher of Mathematics Scholarships

(awarded at the state level) Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded to junior or senior Mathematics Education students in Illinois. See the ICTM Scholarship Page for details.

Dr. Graham A and Marion Jones Scholarship

(awarded at the ISU department level) This award was established by Dr. Graham Jones. Dr. Graham Jones taught in the ISU Mathematics Department until he retired in 2002. His primary interest was in supporting Middle Level Education majors who are specializing in mathematics.

This award is intended to help ISU students involved in the Middle School Mathematics program with educational expenses while attending ISU.

Bonnie Litwiller Scholarship

(awarded at the ISU department level) This award was established by Dr. Bonnie H. Litwiller,who earned her bachelor's degree from ISU in 1959 and her masters in 1960, then earned her Ed.D. from Indiana University in 1968. As a professor at Northern Iowa University, Dr. Litwiller had a distinguished career as a mathematics educator, co-authoring over 900 journal articles and editing 26 books for NCTM.

Dr. Litwiller's devotion and dedication to improving mathematics teaching is perpetuated through this scholarship to benefit students with at least 60 credit hours pursuing an undergraduate degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. This scholarship is to be used for educational expenses. This award is typically made at the $2,000 level.

Edith Robinson Scholarship

(awarded at the ISU department level) This award was established by Dr. G. Edith Robinson, a 1945 graduate of Illinois State University, to recognize outstanding students attending ISU and to motivate prospective mathematics teachers excel in the area of mathematics. After Dr. Robinson graduated from ISU, she received her Masters and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin. She then taught high school mathematics in Central Illinois and subsequently became the first female professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Georgia.

This award, typically at the $2,000 level, is intended to recognize and to motivate prospective mathematics teachers in their junior or senior year attending ISU to excel in the area of mathematics.

Kay B. Wilson Scholarship

(awarded at the ISU department level) Kay Byers Wilson is a 1963 graduate of Illinois State University who completed a masters degree in Mathematics Education at the University of Illinois. After teaching mathematics for several years in the Bloomington/Normal area, Kay Wilson worked for 22 years at State Farm in the systems processing area. She has also done much volunteer work helping low income women and encouraging girls to consider challenging careers, particularly in mathematics-related fields.

This award is intended to encourage women in mathematics-related education careers and is typically awarded at the junior or senior level with a $1,500 award.


University Scholarships

Robert G. Bone Scholarships

(awarded at the university level) Each year the Mathematics Department nominates one or two majors for the Robert G. Bone Scholarship, the highest honor bestowed upon an undergraduate student by Illinois State University.


Putnam Mathematical Competition at ISU

What is the Putnam Competition?

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is a challenging annual mathematics contest for undergraduate students administered by the Mathematical Association of America. Scholarships and cash prizes ranging from $250 to $2,500 for the top students and $5,000 to $25,000 for the top schools are given by the Putnam committee each year. For more information visit the Putman Exam website.