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Awards and Scholarships

Math Department Awards and Scholarships

  • In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must be an applied mathematics major with sophomore standing (i.e., at least 30 semester hours earned) and a 3.0 GPA or higher at Kent State University. Preference to student studying statistics and probability. The amount of the award is variable.
  • Kenneth B. Cummins Mathematics Award 
  • In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a mathematics major or applied mathematics major with junior standing (i.e., at least 60 semester hours earned) or a mathematics education major with junior standing at Kent State University. The amount of this award is variable.
  • 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.
  • Kathleen Wolf Award
  • Each spring the Department of Mathematical Sciences names one outstanding developmental mathematics student as recipient of the Kathleen Wolf Award in honor of the late Mrs. Kathleen Wolf, a longtime developmental mathematics instructor and coordinator. The recognition includes a plaque and cash award. Consideration for the award is based on academic performance, class attendance, attitude, and likelihood of success in subsequent courses.
  • 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 KSU Math Department for more information.
  • Honorary Mathematics Scholarship
  • This scholarship is offered jointly with the Honors College and is awarded to a talented freshman who has demonstrated truly unusual or exceptional proficiency in mathematical skills (for example: achieving a high ranking on the AHSME).  Amount of award is $3500.
  • 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 is available through KSU Career Services Center. The career services center also helps students find off campus employment.

The Kent State University student financial aid site 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 join 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, the College Aid Sources for Higher Education which is a free financial aid service offered by Sallie Mae.

Additional information on financial aid is available through your local library, the KSU library, your high school guidance counselor and the KSU Financial Aid Office 330-672-2972. You can also contact the Kent State University department of mathematical sciences directly at:

Phone: 330-672-2430
Fax:  330-672-2209
Chair:  Andrew Tonge
Undergraduate Coordinator:  Dmitry Ryabogin
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44240-0001
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