Grants and Scholarships for Mathematics Teachers

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    Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

    • Only college or university students can receive Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarships. Scholarships are sponsored by the American Society of Engineering Education. High school students are not allowed to apply for the scholarships. When students who plan to teach math apply for scholarships, they must submit college or university transcripts and college entrance examination scores to the American Society of Engineering Education. Students must also have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and agree to work at a job with the Department of Defense.

    Academic Competiveness Grant

    • The Department of Education started distributing Academic Competiveness Grants in 2006. Students receive $750 the first year that they get the grant and $1,300 the second year. To receive the grants, math majors must apply for a Pell grant; the combined financial assistance students receive from the two grants cannot exceed college or university tuition. Additionally, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA. They can attend accredited postsecondary school part time or full time.

    Siemens Math, Science and Technology Scholarships

    • Siemens Math, Science and Technology regional scholarships ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 as of May 2011. National scholarships ranged from $10,000 to $100,000. Students create and submit research projects to compete for the scholarships. The scholarships are open to high school and college students who plan to teach or work in math, science and technology. The numbers of scholarships awarded each year varies.

    Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

    • Congress created the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship in 1986 to honor the former senator. Math majors are nominated for the award by college instructors and administrators. An essay and college or university transcripts are required with completed scholarship applications. Permanent residents must also submit two copies of their permanent residency cards. The number of scholarships and the award amounts vary annually.

    Prospective Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships

    • Students who major in math at accredited colleges and universities can apply for Prospective Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships. Scholarship applicants must submit official college or university transcripts and a proposal that lists the remaining coursework they must complete to get their certification. Additionally, one letter of recommendation from a college instructor and another letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or community leader are required. As of May 2011, scholarships were awarded in the amount of $10,000; the number of scholarships awarded each year varies.

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