Financial Scholarships

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


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. This scholarship is intended for a full-time undergraduate student or an incoming freshman in good standing enrolled at SHSU. 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.

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.

Cecil R. Hallum Scholarship – In 2017, a 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.

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 demonstrate financial need, especially those facing unexpected and extenuating circumstances that, without financial assistance, will not be able to continue their studies.

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

Marie Bruner Vick '35 Mathematics Endowed Scholarship - In 2022, a scholarship was endowed to honor mathematics teacher Marie Bruner Vick, by her daughter Anne Marie Vick. Recipients are undergraduate mathematics majors from a group that is generally underrepresented in mathematics.

Ram Lal Seekri Scholarship – In 2018, a 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.” 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.

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. Special consideration is given to students preparing to teach school mathematics.

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. 

Steed A. Smith Memorial Scholarship –  A scholarship, dispersed half in the fall and the remaining half in the spring semester. 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.