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ISU Undergraduate Scholarships:

Robert D. Girse Memorial Math Scholarship

David and Stacey Jeppesen Mathematics Scholarship

Richard D. Hill Mathematics Scholarship

(See individual scholarship links for eligibility requirements)

For the 2024-2025 academic year, the open period to apply for these scholarships is March 15 - April 15, 2024. 

Possessing other scholarships may restrict the size of the award that an applicant is eligible to receive. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Completing the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) to demonstrate financial need is required for the 'Jeppesen' and 'Hill' scholarships but not for the 'Girse' scholarship. Those not eligible to complete a FAFSA would not be considered for the 'Jeppesen' or 'Hill' scholarship due to the restrictions.

TO APPLY for these scholarships or to see other scholarships available to students majoring in Mathematics, please visit the ISU Scholarship website.  For instructions, click Math Scholarships.

Award recipients for scholarships offered through the ISU Scholarships Office will be determined by the Scholarships office.


Barry Goldwater Scholarship:

Students interested in a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering are invited to apply to the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Established by Congress in 1986, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation operates an educational scholarship program designed to provide opportunities for outstanding U.S. students with excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in, and potential for, research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

The scholarship award covers eligible expenses up to $7,500 per academic year for up to two years for students, who will be Juniors or seniors in the following academic year, who have excellent academic records and have a demonstrated interest in and potential for research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • be a full-time student
  • have a minimum of 1 semester but no more than 2 years of undergraduate study remaining at the beginning of the applicable Fall semester
  • have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • be a U.S. or permanent citizen
  • have demonstrated interest in a research career

Each spring, the Foundation will award up to four scholarships to eligible students. In order to be considered for an award, student must be nominated by ISU after creating an online pre-application. The pre-application submission deadline in January 6th, by 5:00 pm.

Interest students should contact: Dr. Josh Pak at pakjosh@isu.edu or (208) 282-2612 for additional information on ISU's internal procedure.

To Apply:

Create an account at on the Barry Goldwater Scholarship website, and complete the pre-application no later than January 6th. Pre-application materials include:

  • online questionnaire
  • research essay
  • letters of recommendation


Scholarships for New Incoming Resident Freshmen (all majors)

If you are a new college student who has never attended college before and are an Idaho resident, check out what scholarships may be available to you by clicking on the heading, above.


Other Internship, Scholarship, and Research Opportunities:

AMS (American Mathematical Society)
For both undergraduate and graduate students, this page has information on internship opportunities, research experience, scholarships, fellowships, grants, math camps, and math circles.

SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics)

INL / DOE (Idaho National Laboratory / Department of Energy)
As a Department of Energy facility, INL offers a diverse number of paid internship positions to high school, undergraduate and graduate level students. These internship opportunities enable students to collaborate with experienced scientists and engineers in order to develop innovative solutions to challenging, real-world projects. This page also provides information on other Federal internships, undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.

NSA (National Security Agency)
Internship opportunities, scholarships, a co-op program and other programs for students in high school up through doctoral candidates. 

NSF (National Science Foundation)
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU  Sites program.  (students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents)

ASA (American Statistical Association)