Financial Scholarships

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics awards the following merit-based and need-based scholarships. Students please apply directly to Scholarships 4Kats.


Merit Based Scholarships

The Rich Scholarship - Following his death in 1990, the family of former mathematics faculty member Dr. Franklin D. Rich (1968 - 1990), established a mathematics scholarship in his memory. In harmony with Dr. Rich's field of special interest, applicants are expected to present a background and interest in statistics. Recipients are selected by the Honors Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Sam Houston State University.

Cecil R. Hallum Scholarship – In 2017, a $1,000 scholarship was established to honor Dr. Cecil R. Hallum. This scholarship was established by colleagues, friends and former students of Dr. Hallum to honor his contribution to the University and the profession and to assist aspiring new statisticians to earn a graduate degree from SHSU. A recipient must (a) be a full-time graduate student in good standing and enrolled at Sam Houston State University; (b) major in statistics; (c) be accepted into or currently enrolled in the statistics graduate program; and (d) have and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 each semester. 

Steed A. Smith Memorial Scholarship – $1,000 scholarship, dispersed half in the fall and the remaining half in the spring semester. A recipient must (a) be a full-time junior or senior student in good standing and enrolled at SHSU; (b) major or minor in math and have Teaching Certificate on their degree plan; (c) maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; (d) demonstrate a strong desire to teach math at the middle or secondary school level; and (e) be a native Texan. Financial need is not a consideration. Not to be awarded to someone who will graduate at the end of the fall semester. If an applicant has two or more semesters remaining, then they may apply for the scholarship to a semester in which they are interning or student teaching.

The Reeves Scholarship - A scholarship in mathematics was established in 1996 by an anonymous former student to honor retired Professor Daniel H. Reeves who was a member of the mathematics faculty of Sam Houston State University from 1958 to 1989. Recipients are selected by the Honors Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Sam Houston State University, with special consideration given to students preparing to teach school mathematics.

Bettye Hill Knox Scholarship - In 2013, a scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to full-time students enrolled at Sam Houston State University, majoring in mathematics. A recipient (a) must be a full-time undergraduate student or an incoming freshman in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University; (b) major in Mathematics; and (c) have and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.00. If no freshman students qualify, the scholarship may be awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior student who has a minimum of two long semesters remaining. Financial need will be a consideration, but not a determining factor.

The Von Neumann Scholarship - A scholarship for students in the mathematical and physical sciences was established in 1985 by an anonymous donor. Nominations are accepted from the chairs of the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics and Statistics. Selections are made by the Honors Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Sam Houston State University.

 Avila Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) – The AURA scholarship was established in memory of Eric Avila, by his friends in the mathematics department. A recipient must be currently engaged in undergraduate research in mathematics with a Sam Houston faculty member or have been recently engaged in an undergraduate research project at Sam Houston State University.

 


Need Based Scholarships

The Brewton Scholarships - In 1980 Sam Houston State University received a substantial gift from the estate of Harry and Mabel Brewton, a couple who devoted their lives to teaching in the public schools of East Texas. In honor of the contribution made by Mrs. Brewton as a high school mathematics teacher, it was stipulated that the earnings from this fund be used to provide scholarships for mathematics students, on the basis of need, with special consideration to be given to students preparing to teach school mathematics in Texas. Currently, awards are given for students in one of three academic programs: (a) Mathematics majors who are enrolled in a pre-service teacher certification program for secondary school mathematics; (b) Mathematics majors or minors who are enrolled in a pre-service teacher certification program for elementary or middle school mathematics; (c) In-service Texas school teachers who are enrolled in one or more mathematics courses at Sam Houston State University during a summer session.

Glenda J. St. Andrie Scholarship - In 2007, this endowed scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to full-time students enrolled at Sam Houston State University, majoring in mathematics or statistics. Its objective is to ease the financial strain for high-achieving students in the mathematical sciences, thereby allowing the student to focus on their academic endeavors. Applicants must fill out an application, provide a letter of recommendation, and complete a one-page essay that addresses financial need. GPA of 3.00 is required.

Ram Lal Seekri Scholarship – In 2018, a $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of Ram Lal Seekri, by his son Raj K. Seekri, to provide financial assistance to selected students. Dr. Seekri seeks to share the belief that, as stated by G. K. Chesterton, “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” A recipient must (a) be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate, taking a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester, in good standing and enrolled at Sam Houston State University; (b) be majoring in mathematics; (c) have and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0, and (d) demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is a one-year award. A recipient may receive this scholarship in subsequent years, but must reapply each year and be selected as the best candidate.

David Martinez and Dr. Ruth Lane Memorial Scholarship – In 2019, this scholarship was established in memory of David Martinez and Dr. Ruth Lane, who spent decades serving the city of Huntsville as an assistant fire chief and instructor of mathematics at Sam Houston State University, respectively. A recipient must (a) be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student, in good standing and enrolled at Sam Houston State University, (b) major in mathematics, (c) have and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.50, and (d) demonstrate financial need, especially those facing unexpected and extenuating circumstances that, without financial assistance, will not be able to continue their studies.