There are several sources of scholarships and awards available to mathematics students. While it is unfortunately true that we do not have money to award scholarships to all deserving students, we do recognize many of our strongest students within the Department, and encourage them to apply for funding from outside as well.
Your primary resource for scholarship information at NIU is the website Scholarship Office. There is a list of university-wide awards for which mathematics students are typically strong contenders.
In addition, you will find in the same website various scholarships and awards offered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences to our majors.
The scholarships given by the Department to incoming freshmen, incoming transfer students, and first year students are
Mathematics Incoming Freshman Scholarship. ($4,000) This scholarship is for incoming freshmen indicating a major in the mathematics. Awards are based upon high school class rank, ACT score, advanced placement test score, and prior mathematical accomplishment.
Clarence Ethel Hardgrove Mathematics Scholarship. ($1,000) A preferred recipient must be a full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate student in the first year of study at Northern Illinois University, majoring in mathematics. A first year student may be an incoming freshman or transfer student. The recipient must be in good academic standing with the University and have an excellent prior record in the study of mathematics. The scholarship may be renewed for the subsequent year provided the student is a freshman and maintains an excellent record.
Joseph C. and Marion E. Huber Memorial Scholarship. ($500-1,000) A candidate shall be an undergraduate student entering Northern Illinois University as a full-time, degree seeking student with a stated interest in majoring in mathematics. The candidate may be entering NIU as either a freshmen or a transfer student. The candidate shall come from a rural community or a city of less than or equal to 100,000 in population with a preference given to those with an agriculture background. The candidate shall demonstrate academic merit and accomplishment. The scholarship may be renewed for the subsequent year provided the student is a freshman and maintains an excellent record.
The scholarships and awards given by the Department to continuing or graduating students are
Gail Masters Gallagher Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) Awarded to an outstanding full-time undergraduate student majoring in Mathematical Sciences who will have junior class rank during the next academic year. Based on academic achievement.
Tatsuji and Mami Kambayashi Memorial Scholarship. ($500-1,000) Awarded to outstanding full-time undergraduate students majoring in Mathematical Sciences. Junior class rank during the next academic year is preferred. Based on academic achievement.
Chaitan and Sarita Gupta Scholarship. ($500-1,000) Awarded to full or part-time undergraduate students seeking a degree in Mathematical Sciences. Must have good academic standing with a GPA at least 3.5. Financial need may be a consideration.
The Dale Jungst Award. ($1,000) Students must have completed at least one semester at Northern Illinois University with a GPA at least 3.2 and must be majoring in Mathematics Education.
Dorothy and Glenn Erickson Mathematics Scholarship. ($500) Awarded to an undergraduate student in Mathematics Education in good standing who is at least a sophomore.
Eugene W. Hellmich Mathematics Prize. ($12,000) Limited to graduating seniors in the Department of Mathematical Sciences who are continuing for graduate work, and have made a commitment to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Requires a high scholastic GPA, demonstrated ability, and excellent character. More information is available about this generous award.
For mathematics education majors, the following scholarships are also available
Paul and Elizabeth Kling Scholarship. ($3,000) The preferred candidate is a full-time, degree seeking junior or senior in secodary education in CLAS; has accumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, must demonstrate financial need. Two scholarships will be given, with one awarded to a student studying to teach mathematics and one awarded to a student studying to teach science.
Alice H. Hicks Teacher's Education Fund. (varied amount) To provide scholarship support to a nontraditional student (over age 25) who is committed to teaching after graduation. Mathematics education majors who meet this criterion may apply.
Future Educators Scholarship Program. (varied amount) An award to recruit and retain outstanding students who exhibit a commitment to the teaching profession, as well as to demonstrate the partnership between NIU and the Golden Apple Foundation. Mathematics education majors may apply.
The university deadline for completing schlarship applications is set at the beginning of the Spring semester, for example, the deadline for the academic year 2017-2018 was January 31, 2017. Make sure you submit applications by the deadline.
A number of generous bequests have enabled the Department to make financial awards to some students each year. The following awards are primarily prizes, not scholarships: no application form is usually needed, and the award is typically made at the end of the school year (possibly upon graduation) to reward accomplishment. Recipients are recognized at the Department's annual Award Ceremony held in April. A list of recent recipients can be found on our main web pages.
Students in the mathematical sciences are also invited to apply for certain other scholarships. Naturally, these students -- who tend to be very bright and hard-working! -- are good candidates for any scholarship open to students from many majors. But we mention here a scholarship that specifically solicits applicants from our department:
In addition to these recognitions open to undergraduates, the Department awards a Certificate of Teaching Excellence to exceptional doctoral students, based on sustained excellence as graduate teaching assistants as well as academic achievement.