Scholarships

If you're like most students, scholarships will provide an important part of your financial aid package.

The CMU Department of Mathematics offers a number of scholarships – based on need, academic focus, career aspirations and other specific criteria.

In addition, click here to learn more about scholarships available for all CMU students.

Department Scholarships

Many of the CMU Department of Mathematics scholarships are renewable, but require submission of a new application each year.

Application. The online application for department scholarships is made available each year from January 1 through February 7. Submit only ONE scholarship application even if you are applying for more than one mathematics scholarship.

Selection process. The selection of a student to be awarded a scholarship will be made by a committee designated by the chairperson of the Department of Mathematics. The decision will be made on the basis of:

  • Two (2) CMU faculty references
  • Grades in university/college courses, especially mathematics
  • University/college mathematics courses completed
  • A paragraph written by the applicant
  • Other factors

Descriptions and qualifications for each of the Department of Mathematics scholarships are listed below.

Nikoline A. Bye Endowed Award

Eligibility: The recipient will be a student enrolled in the College of Science and Technology who is a second semester junior or senior and who has been admitted to the Teacher Education program. First preference will be given to a mathematics major on the elementary curriculum. If no one meets this criteria, this scholarship may then go to a mathematics major on the secondary curriculum. The recipient should have a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the mathematics major and have at least one year left before graduation.

About: This endowed award was established in 2012 from the estate of Nikoline A. Bye,  who graduated from Midland High School, received her undergraduate degree from CMU in 1932 and her M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1941. She was an associate professor in the CMU Department of Mathematics for 32 years, from 1942 until she retired in 1974.

Amount: The number, amount and recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by the Department of Mathematics in consultation with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Dr. Frederick C. and Lois M. Kabbe Scholarship

Eligibility: The recipient will be a sophomore, junior or senior student enrolled in the College of Science and Technology, who has declared a major in chemistry or mathematics and who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to a part- or full-time single parent or a student from a single parent household who graduated from an Isabella County or contiguous county high school.

About: Established in 2012 by Robert '78 and Connie Kabbe '97 and Jon and Alice Kabbe in memory of their parents, Dr. Frederick C. and Lois M. Kabbe, '61. Dr. Kabbe was an associate professor in CMU's Department of Chemistry and Mrs. Kabbe was a retired high school mathematics teacher.

Amount: The actual amount of the scholarships will be determined by the Department of Chemistry (for the odd academic year recipients: 2015-16; 2017-18; etc.) and by the Department of Mathematics (for the even academic year recipients: 2014-15; 2016-17; etc.) in consultation with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Renewal: Renewal is possible for up to two years of full-time continuous enrollment providing the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains a chemistry or mathematics major. Renewal awards may vary and are contingent upon the availability of funds. 

Miller Mathematics Scholarship

Eligibility: The recipient will be a student who has 80 or more credit hours, has completed at least two semesters at CMU and is a mathematics, statistics or actuarial science major. Recipients must demonstrate financial need. Preference shall be given to students who have graduated from Michigan high schools. The recipient should be a good mathematics student, however serious consideration will be given to "late bloomers," students who may not have been strong students when they began their university studies but have shown steady improvement and are now good mathematics students.

About: In honor of Professor William Miller and his wife, Delores Miller, this award was established in 2005. Professor Miller was a Department of Mathematics faculty member from 1968-2000. He is a Michigan native who specialized in mathematics education and has a keen interest in problem solving.

Amount: The number, amount and recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by the Department of Mathematics in consultation with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Richtmeyer Mathematics Scholarship

Eligibility: Underclass students will have completed or be enrolled in MTH 132 and will have accumulated less than 26 semester hours of university/college credit. Upperclass students will have completed or be enrolled in MTH 223 and MTH 133 and will have accumulated at least 30 semester hours of university/college credit.

About: Dr. Cleon C. Richtmeyer, former dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, former chair of the Department of Mathematics and a faculty member of CMU from 1924-1968, bequeathed a scholarship fund for students who major in mathematics. The fund will be used to award scholarships to students who are eligible in either one of the two categories, underclass or upperclass.

Amount: The actual amount of the scholarships will be determined by the available funds and the number of scholarships awarded.

Renewal: Renewal is possible for a student receiving an upperclass scholarship if the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA (3.5 in mathematics) and remains a mathematics major. This second year award will not be automatic; reapplication is necessary.

Jozefaciuk and Rutkowski Mathematics Scholarship

Eligibility: A recipient must be a junior or senior with a mathematics major, a Michigan resident and a U.S. citizen, have at least 56 semester hours of credit,and have a minimum GPA of 3.4 Engineering, computer science and statistics students are also eligible.

About: As a tribute to Frank and Rita Jozefaciuk, and Irene Rutkowski, their family created the Frank and Rita Jozefaciuk and Aunt Irene Rutkowski Endowed Award in 2005.

Amount: The number, amount and recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by the Department of Mathematics in consultation with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Lester H. and Jack D. Serier Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: A recipient will be a Michigan resident with at least 56 hours majoring in mathematics and who has a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference shall be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

About: In honor of Professor Lester H. Serier and his son, Jack D. Serier, the Lester H. and Jack D. Serier Endowed Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 2001. Professor Serier was a Department of Mathematics faculty member from 1939-1980. He served as department chairperson from 1958-1959 and again from 1961-1965.

Amount: The number, amount and recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by the Department of Mathematics in consultation with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

St. Andre Endowed Award

Eligibility: This non-renewable award is for a student who has sophomore standing at the time of application and who has a signed major in the Department of Mathematics. The recipient must be a Michigan resident and show good potential for being successful in their major.

About: The Richard and Karen St. Andre Endowed Award was established in 2004. Dr. Richard St. Andre was a Department of Mathematics faculty member from 1971 until his retirement in 2008. During that time, he spent several years in the Dean's Office as Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Dean for the College of Science and Technology, and Interim Dean for the College of Science and Technology. Professor St. Andre is a Michigan native with a specialty in mathematics education. Karen St. Andre was a local realtor for many years.

Amount: The number, amount and recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by the Department of Mathematics in consultation with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Whitmore Mathematics Scholarship

Eligibility: A recipient will be a second semester junior or higher with at least 86 semester hours of credit, who has been admitted to Teacher Education, has a declared mathematics major and has a GPA of 3.6 or above in the mathematics major. Student must have at least one year left before graduation.

About: To commemorate the lives of Edward H. Whitmore and Stephen H. Whitmore, the Edward H. Whitmore/Stephen H. Whitmore Mathematics Scholarship Endowment was established in 1993 by family and friends. Dr. Whitmore was a mathematics professor between 1965 and his retirement from CMU in December 1987. He served as department chairperson from 1965-1974 and from 1976-1982.

Amount: The amount and number of scholarships will be determined by available funds.

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