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Awards and Scholarships

Department of Mathematical Sciences Awards and Scholarships

Kenneth B. Cummins Mathematics Award

In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a mathematics major, applied mathematics major or an integrated mathematics major with junior standing (i.e., at least 60 semester hours earned) at Kent State University. The amount of this award is variable.


Kathleen Wolf Award

Any Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior Kent State University student who has completed one or more of the following courses during the current academic year (Summer 2017 – Spring 2018) OR is currently enrolled in any one of the following courses may apply:


MATH 00020   Pre-Algebra

MATH 00021   Basic Algebra I

MATH 00022   Basic Algebra 2

MATH 00024   Basic Algebra 4

MATH 00023   Basic Algebra 3

MATH 10771   Basic Math Concepts 1 Plus

MATH 10772   Modeling Algebra Plus

MATH 10773   Algebra for Calculus Stretch 1


Bill and Linda Gainer Scholarship in Mathematics

Recipient must be a first generation undergraduate college student who is at least a Sophomore, majoring in Mathematics with a 3.0 or higher GPA who is Pell Grant eligible.


Harshbarger Scholarship

In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a mathematics or applied mathematics major at Kent State University. The applicant must have also completed Math 12003 (Calculus II), Math 21001 (Linear Algebra), and either Math 22005 (Calculus III) or an upper-division mathematics course. The amount of this award is variable.


Choose Ohio First Scholarship

Choose Ohio First Scholarships will annually provide about 20 undergraduate tuition scholarships, varying in size between $1,500 and $4,700 a year.  The scholarships are awarded to promising, incoming, STEM freshmen who intend to pursue at least a minor in mathematics. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from Ohio Board of Regents.


Pi Mu Epsilon Award

Awarded to an outstanding upper-class student in mathematics.  Amount of award is $100 and a book.  Contact the Department of Mathematical Sciences for more information.

High School Math Competition

Each Fall the Department of Mathematical Sciences holds a High School Math Scholarship competition.  Annual awards generally range from $500 to $1,000 and scholarships can be accumulated over the years.  Incoming freshman have the possibility of accumulating between $500 and $4,000 by participating in these competitions.  All high school students are eligible to participate.  For more information contact  Dr. Laura Smithies.

Student Financial Aid and Employment

There are also university wide resources. More than 5,000 students are employed annually at Kent State University. A free listing of employment opportunities, on and off campus, is available through Career Exploration and Development.

The Student Financial Aid describes many options for financial aid. Some notable options for Math majors are:

KSU Founders Scholarships. 

Based on a scholarship competition.

Honors College Scholarships

Requires student to be a member of the Honors College.

Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio Scholarship

Based on GPA and financial need.

Special Financial Aid Awards

For members of certain groups such as women, minorities, certain high schools, children of employees, etc.  Examples of this type of award are:  Akron Urban League, Filmco Scholarship,  Idabelle Hoose Memorial Scholarship, Carol Shoults Memorial Scholarship, Spinneweber-Sheats Memorial Scholarship, Seven Seventeen Credit Union Scholarship.

There are also many sources of financial aid based outside Kent State University. These include which is a site containing more than 600,000 private sector and institutional awards. The site has a database of more than 270,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans.  The College Board's database for financial aid is located at We also recommend the site to search for scholarships.