At Ball State, 80 percent of our students qualify for financial aid such as grants, loans, and other options. Plus, our department offers scholarships for both incoming students and current students, including the Edwards Memorial Scholarship and many others.

Incoming Students

Every year, we award up to six new Edwards Memorial Scholarships of $3,000 per year that are renewable for up to three additional years. This scholarship program honors the memory of P.D. Edwards, chair of the department from 1951 to 1962.

Criteria

To be considered for the Edwards Scholarship, you will need to have applied for admission to the university, declared a major within our department, and completed the following application procedures by March 1 of your senior year in high school.

  • Have completed MATH 165 (Calculus I) before leaving high school.
  • Have high school mathematics grades of B or above (with a majority of the grades being A’s) and have an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5.
  • Complete the application form (PDF).
  • Have letters of recommendation from two current or former high school math teachers and your guidance counselor sent directly to the department.

To maintain your Edwards scholarship award, you’ll need to enroll in MATHS 165 or a higher-level course during your first semester, participate in university- and department-sponsored activities, make normal progress as a full-time student within our department, and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 for mathematics courses and at least 3.0 overall.

Our scholarships and awards committee determines eligibility for renewal of scholarships within our department.

There are other scholarships for incoming students and these scholarships do not require a department application. Students who have been accepted for admission to the university and declared a major as shown below are eligible. These scholarships are renewable for up to three years if the student continues with the listed major.

  • The AEGON Actuarial Science Scholarship
  • The Ramon L. and Vivian E. Avila Scholarship (for a mathematics education major)
  • The Otto W. Beebe Memorial Scholarship (for a mathematics, mathematics education, or actuarial science major)
  • The John A. and Jane K. Beekman Actuarial Science Scholarship
  • The Meyers Actuarial Science Scholarship in honor of John A. and Jane K. Beekman
  • The Towers Watson Actuarial Science Scholarship in honor of John A. and Jane K. Beekman
  • The Levi Shively Memorial Scholarship (for a mathematics, mathematics education, or actuarial science major)
  • The Emma Whitlock Garnett Scholarship (for a mathematics education major)

There are several scholarships available for current undergraduate students.

The student must be pursuing a major in the department of mathematical sciences and have demonstrated financial need. The department’s Scholarships & Awards Committee determines who receives the award.

If you’re a mathematics education major and have at least a 3.0 grade point average, you might qualify for a $500 Hallett Memorial Scholarship.

The department’s teacher education committee determines who receives this scholarship; no application is required.

If you are majoring in mathematics education and pursuing the option in secondary education and you will be completing your student teaching during the next academic year, you can apply for the Higgins/Nelson/Robold/Kappes Mathematical Science Scholarship.

You must show strong potential for success as a teacher and demonstrate financial need through forms submitted to the university’s financial aid office.

Applications are available in the mathematics department office, RB 465, and you’ll need to submit your application materials in March.

If you think you have the qualities of a leader, apply for our Student Leadership Award. The award is for students who have displayed they are a leader in and out of the classroom.

To apply, you must be a full-time student in our department. You must also demonstrate strong leadership skills, which should be documented in a brief resume. If you have been involved in any of the math clubs, participated in math competitions, attended presentations at professional conferences and colloquia, we want to know about it. You can also display your leadership abilities through tutoring and related assistant functions or other activities on and off campus. Also, if you’ve been published in any publications, you should note that as well.

Applications will be made available in late spring and can be picked up in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, room 465. We also encourage faculty to nominate students.

If you’re a current student in our actuarial science program and have passed exam P or FM of the Society of Actuaries examinations, and you have at least an overall grade point average of 3.2, you might qualify for an undergraduate actuarial science award between $300 and $600.

If you think you meet the criteria, contact an actuarial science faculty member. (This scholarship applies only for the first actuarial exam that a student passes.)

If you are entering your senior year and are an actuarial science major with a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.4 in actuarial science courses and an overall GPA of at least 3.0, you can request an application for the D.W. Simpson scholarship from the Department of Mathematical Sciences office, available in spring semester. D.W. Simpson & Co. offers one $1,000 scholarship each year. To qualify, you’ll also need credit for at least one actuarial exam, and you’ll need to be eligible to work in the United States.

The actuarial science major must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with preference given to students who have shown a commitment to taking actuarial exams. Six $500 scholarships will be awarded each year. The department’s Scholarships & Awards Committee determines who receives the awards with input from the actuarial science faculty.

The actuarial science major must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale and must have attempted at least one actuarial exam. Three $500 scholarships will be awarded each year. The department’s Scholarships & Awards Committee determines who receives the awards with input from the actuarial science faculty.

If you’re currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior actuarial science major, you could qualify for a $500 or $1,000 scholarship from Swiss Re, a diversified global reinsurer. Obtain an application from the Department of Mathematical Sciences office, RB 465, in the spring semester.

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