October 23, 2017


Mathematics is one of the most conventional of all the majors you can possibly take in college.  If you were to receive a BS in Mathematics, you might find that you have no less than quite a few opportunities available to you.  Of course, this degree is no walk in the park, and it may force you to take five years of classes instead of four.  But, overall, it is certainly a solid major for finding jobs, scholarships, and schools that accommodate both.


Mathematics: The Secret Weapon

Say, for instance, you have no idea what you wish to do for a major.  If you are in the same boat that most college students find themselves in, then you are probably well aware that it is no easy decision.  Then again, if you were pretty convinced at the general direction (which happens to be something to do with numbers) then Mathematics would be an excellent choice for a few reasons.

  • You will be able to find a broad spectrum of colleges that support a mathematics major.  If that college has an engineering department, science department, teaching department, or even an accounting department, they will have a math major program.  The reason for this is that any professor that is qualified to teach from any of the departments above, they will also be qualified to teach classes in the mathematics department.
  • Mathematics is perhaps one of the oldest of subjects (as compared to, say, Computer Programming).  Because of this fact, there is going to be no less that several thousand separate scholarship opportunities just waiting to be picked.  Now, you might need to migrate to certain colleges in order to take advantage of them, they still exist in readily identifiable places.


The Nature the BS in Mathematics

If you are taking Mathematics for a BS, you will be able to work in basically any field that involves numbers.  You provide for yourself a general spread of opportunities.  Also, since the math department is going to be quite common in most colleges, you will have no trouble finding a college that will be providing major-based scholarships to the excellent student.

Choosing mathematics could be an excellent choice that will serve you well in both scholarships, but also career options.  You will not feel limited in any way.

Here are a few opportunities that will help you pay for school.  Pay attention to how lucrative the college sponsored scholarships can offer the student that keeps a GPA higher than a 3.0


The Scholarship Opportunities

  • Washington University in St. Louis offers full-tuition and half-tuition scholarships through the Honorary Scholars Program. The Arthur Holly Compton Fellowship in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics is part of the Honorary Scholars program. Compton Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship in addition to a $1000 stipend.
  • The University of South Dakota has several scholarships available to math majors including the William E. Ekman Scholarship, the Gutzman Family Scholarship, and the Ralph Richardson Scholarship.
  • Kentucky State University offers scholarships for math majors between $400 and $1300 per semester.
  • These scholarships are just a few examples of the many sources of math scholarships available at colleges and universities nationwide.

Also, you will be able to find these general scholarships.  With this amount of options just to start, there is no reason you should have to shell out lots of money for your education.

  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security administers the DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program which offers full tuition plus a stipend to qualifying students in designated majors including mathematical sciences.
  • The National Science Foundation is one widely recognized source of scholarships for qualifying students. Through their Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM), talented students can qualify for up to $10,000 per academic year.
  • The Siemens Foundation hosts the annual Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Regional winners of this competition are awarded a $1000 scholarship, and national finalists can qualify for up to a $100,000 scholarship.
  • The Intel Science Talent Search is a math and science scholarship program in which students compete for a top prize of $100,000. Finalists also benefit in other ways by having a better chance at admission to certain colleges and universities. New York University has consistently offered four-year scholarships to finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search who otherwise meet their admission criteria.
  • MATHCOUNTS, a national math competition, is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Participants are eligible to compete for college scholarships.
  • Keep in mind that while the number of math scholarships available is limited, the number of students who major in math or other related disciplines is declining which reduces the competition pool to some extent.