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Mathematics Scholarship Opportunities

Actuarial Science Scholarship Fund


The Actuarial Science Scholarship was established in 2006 by alumni and friends of the College of Natural Science.

It is intended for students with a specialization or major in the Actuarial Program. The purpose of this scholarship is given in the following statement:

This award is intended to encourage undergraduate students interested in an actuarial profession. Recipients shall be deemed worthy on the basis of actuarial coursework, passage of at least one of the National Society of Actuaries Exams, a letter of recommendation from an actuarial instructor and the acquisition of a summer actuarial internship.

Paul Buben Actuary Science Scholarship


Paul Buben established this scholarship in recognition of the rigorous academic curriculum, personal talent and dedication required to earn a degree in Actuary Science from Michigan State University. This scholarship intends to recognize the outstanding academic achievement required to succeed in Actuary Science and help students achieve academic excellence at Michigan State University.

Paul Buben was born in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. He received his Masters in Actuary Science from the University of Michigan.

Paul and Wilma Dressel Endowed Scholarship


Dr. Paul Dressel’s career at Michigan State College spanned many years, beginning in 1934. Dr. Dressel taught in the Mathematics Department and was often tapped for special projects by President John Hannah during his tenure at Michigan State. Dr. Dressel was responsible for the establishment of both the Counseling Department and the Board of Examiners.

Mrs. Wilma Dressel was a mathematics major at Michigan State and established this scholarship for students in mathematics, knowing how difficult funding is for many young people.

The Paul and Wilma Dressel Endowed Scholarship is intended for students in Mathematics who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve personal and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. The purpose of the scholarship is given in the following statement:

Recipients shall be undergraduate or graduate students selected based on academic achievement, professional goals, student status and financial need. Recipients should be fluent in English.

Herbert T. Graham Scholarship


The Herbert T. Graham Scholarship is intended for students with a major in Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics and a demonstrated financial need. The purpose of this scholarship is given in the following statement:

The Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund was established to support high ability students majoring in Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics who are juniors or above with demonstrated financial need. Minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Kindle Mathematics Teacher Scholarship


Excellence in mathematics education requires igniting students’ pursuit in mathematics and opening pathways into the educational profession. The scholarship, funded through the Kindle Mathematics Endowment, seeks to help support students during their final year of teacher certification so that they can continue on the path of teaching mathematics, and positively influence the lives of many students.

Mathematics majors who are currently or will within the next academic year complete all of the requirements for secondary mathematics teaching certification are eligible for this award. Recipients are selected by mathematics and mathematics education faculty based upon the students’ academic achievement, professional plan or accomplishments during the internship.

McCartney Scholarship


The McCartney Scholarship was established by William A. and Sally L. McCartney, MSU alumni, who had interests in both Theater and Mathematics. They established funds in both departments, wishing to encourage undergraduate students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

Richard E. Phillips Memorial Scholarship


Dr. Richard E. Phillips joined the MSU faculty in 1969 and served as the Mathematics Department Chairperson from 1991 to 1994. He received a University Distinguished Faculty Award in 1989. Dr. Phillips was an inspirational teacher, researcher and leader, always generous with his time and energy in helping students and colleagues.

The Richard E. Phillips Scholarship is intended for students with an interest in and enthusiasm for Mathematics. The purpose of this scholarship is given in the following statement:

This award is intended to encourage undergraduate students who have the demonstrated capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

L.C. Plant Award Scholarship


The L.C. Plant Award Scholarship is intended for students with a major in Mathematics and a commitment to the Mathematics Department. The purpose of the scholarship is given in the following statement:

Recipients shall be Mathematics majors. Recipients shall be deemed worthy on the basis of scholarship, interest in Mathematics, and helpfulness to the Department of Mathematics.

Harold and Helen Tolles Scholarship


Harold Tolles was a native of St. Johns, Michigan and a 1952 MSU graduate in Electrical Engineering. His minor was in Mathematics, and he believed that the knowledge he gained minoring in Mathematics benefited him his entire life. He and his wife, Helen, were interested in providing student aid to help advance programs within the Department of Mathematics.



Application Forms


One way to be considered for these scholarships (as well as other departmental scholarships that become available) is to submit an application.

Graduate students who wish to be considered for a Dressel Scholarhsip, click here to apply.

Undergraduate students who wish to be considered for any of these awards, click here to apply.

  • First consideration will be given to students who have all application information, including letters of recommendation (and FAFSA results if claiming financial need - see below!), submitted by January 12, 2015.

Advanced Track Incoming Freshmen who wish to be considered for a scholarship, click here to apply.

  • Full consideration will be given to students who have all application information, including letters of recommendation (and FAFSA results if claiming financial need - see below!), submitted by February 28, 2015.

Undergraduate students and Advanced Track Incoming Freshman:

  • Some scholarships do not require financial need; some do. In order to qualify for scholarships that require financial need, you must submit a FAFSA form. It is best to allow 6 weeks to 2 months for your FAFSA form to be processed!

Click here to apply for FAFSA.