To Apply:

  • Complete the Math Major/IT Minor Scholarship Application Form .
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at the ISU Office of Financial Aid .
  • Submit an unofficial transcript (DARS printout is OK). If you are an incoming freshman, please submit a copy of your high school transcripts.
  • Incoming Freshmen & Incoming Transfers: Submit two letters of recommendation from your instructors. At least one of the letters should be from an instructor familiar with your mathematical potential.
  • Currently Enrolled ISU Students: Submit two names of instructors who can act as references for you. At least one of your references must be from the Department of Mathematics.

Send your completed application (preferably by February 11 , 2011) to:

Math Major/IT Minor Scholarships

c/o Professor Saad EL-Zanati

Department of Mathematics

Illinois State University Normal, IL 61790

Note: If you need to fax some of the information, please fax it to: (309) 438-5866


In March 2010, a team of faculty from the School of Information Technology, the Department of Mathematics, and the Center for Math, Science & Technology at Illinois State University received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for scholarships for academically-talented students who also demonstrate financial need. These scholarships, specifically available to students majoring in Information Technology or in mathematics (with an information technology minor) at Illinois State University, will have a value of up to $5,000 annually—depending on the level of financial need. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years (a maximum of eight (8) semesters of undergraduate study at the University), subject to continued funding.


To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a US Citizen, US National, US Permanent Resident, or Admitted Refugee.
  • Pursue an undergraduate degree in mathematics [any sequence] with a minor in computer science on a full-time basis at ISU.
  • Have demonstrated academic ability or potential.
  • Have demonstrated financial need (must complete a FAFSA form).

Obligations Under the Award:

Should you be awarded a Math Major/IT Minor Scholarship, you will be obligated to:

  • Maintain your status as a full time student (12 credits hours per semester) in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science.
  • Maintain a 3.00 GPA (both in-major & overall).
  • Meet with your designated scholarship advisor on a monthly basis.
  • Attend certain seminars and workshops that are designed to help you develop academically and professionally.

Receiving a Math Major/IT Minor Scholarship does not preclude you from obtaining other scholarships from Illinois State University or the Mathematics Department (although the total amount of grants and scholarships you receive cannot exceed the Cost of Attendance).