Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Mathematics Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Consideration of applications begins on April 15 and continues until all scholarships are awarded.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Download Freshmen Scholarship Application Form (use this form to apply for all freshmen scholarships)

or fill out Freshmen Scholarship Application Google Form

Department of Mathematics and Philosophy
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-1054
Email: mathphil@wiu.edu

Mathematics Alumni Scholarship

(All Options)

These are scholarships awarded to students through the generosity of Mathematics alumni of the Department of Mathematics and Philosophy. They are given to new freshman mathematics majors, currently enrolled mathematics majors, and transfer students who have listed mathematics as their intended major. Each recipient must remain a math major for the period of the scholarship. Each academic year approximately ten scholarships are awarded.

Amount of the award is $2,000 per year.

Criteria for freshmen

  • Freshmen must be recommended or nominated by a high school teacher addressing the student's interest in mathematics and potential to succeed in a career related to mathematics; and the students must remain a math major for the period of the scholarship.
  • Incoming freshmen must have an ACT math score of at least 23 (or TA 540) and a high school GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale).
  • Preference is given to freshmen and transfer students, as other scholarships exist for continuing students.

Download Scholarship Nomination Form (use this form if applying for Alumni only) or fill out Scholarship Nomination Google form.

Dorothy Allen Scholarship

(All Options)

This scholarship was established with funds from the Dorothy Allen Trust. Dorothy received her Bachelor of Education in 1932 and MS-ED in 1957. She worked in education for over 40 years.

Amount of the award is determined by the annual interest earnings on the endowment.

Criteria for freshmen

  • Mathematics major
  • Leadership, extracurricular activities, and community service are considered
  • Preference given to a student from McDonough County

Criteria for renewal: as above, the student may reapply and enter the applicant pool each academic year.

Elizabeth Glenadine Gibb Mathematics Scholarship

(Option B)

The Elizabeth Glenadine Gibb Mathematics Scholarship was established in 1987-88 as the result of a generous gift from the estate of the late Elizabeth Glenadine Gibb. It is awarded to outstanding students majoring in mathematics education. Dr. Gibb began building her professional career in the Department of Mathematics art WIU as a student. She had authored or coauthored more than one hundred publications including a landmark research study, many influential policy papers, and a major textbook series. She had taught in two secondary schools and eleven universities. She delivered invited lectures in six foreign countries. She had edited THE ARITHMETIC TEACHER and served the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as Vice President and as President. 

The amount of the award is $1,000 per year.

Criteria for freshmen

  • Exemplify those personal traits which demonstrate potential for successful teaching. (The high school senior who is applying must have two letters of recommendation in support of these qualities. One should be from a teacher of mathematics at his/her high school and one from the principal or counselor of the high school.)
  • Must meet one of the following:
    • Have an ACT composite score of at least 27 or equivalent;
    • Be in the upper ten percent of the high school class and have an ACT composite score of at least 22;
  • Have the teaching of mathematics as a career goal. (In applying for the scholarship, students will be asked to describe their goals including the personal reason(s) they see the teaching of mathematics as a career choice.)

Criteria for renewal

  • Maintain a full-time undergraduate student status as mathematics major at WIU with the teaching of mathematics as a career goal.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses completed and at least a 3.0 in all mathematics courses taken in the first year.
  • A 3.2 GPA (overall and in mathematics) is required by the end of the second year and thereafter.

The award is automatically renewable for up to 3 years. 

Hansen Family Scholarship

Established in 2018 by Dr. Elizabeth Hansen, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and Ryan Hansen, manager of Spring Lake Park, to support incoming students in the WIU Department of Mathematics and Philosophy.

The number of awards and award amounts to be determined by the Department of Mathematics and Philosophy each year.

Criteria for freshmen

  • Full time enrollment (minimum 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Undergraduate student majoring or minoring in mathematics

The award is not renewable. 

Fred Rattner Memorial Scholarship

(All Options)

Established in December of 1995 by Howard and Diane Rattner, and Aida Sahud upon death of their brother Fred Rattner, September, 1995. Howard received a BS in Physics Education from WIU in 1958; Fred received a BS in Math from WIU in 1965. 

Amount of the award is determined by the annual interest earnings on the endowment.

Criteria for freshmen

  • Mathematics major enrolled full time
  • Must have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher or be in upper 10% of graduating class.
  • Preference is given to an outstanding student as demonstrated through school activities and/or community service.

Criteria for renewal

  • Maintain a full-time undergraduate student status as a mathematics major at WIU.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses completed at WIU.

The award is automatically renewable for up to 3 years. 

Timothy E. Tomlinson Mathematics Scholarship

(Option B)

This scholarship endowment fund has been established by Timothy E. Tomlinson to provide financial assistance to a full time undergraduate student at WIU majoring in mathematics with teaching mathematics as a career goal. Tim graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1971 and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics in 1973. Tim was commissioned in June of 1971 through the WIU ROTC program as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and went on to a successful career in the Regular Army, retiring in 1995 as a lieutenant Colonel, and having commanded a battalion. 

Amount of the award is $1,000 per year.

Criteria for freshmen

  • Applicant must be a full time undergraduate student at WIU majoring in mathematics with teaching mathematics as a career goal.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Demonstrate financial need (using FAFSA or other information).
  • Exemplify those personal traits which demonstrate potential for successful teaching and be of strong moral character.
  • Activity/involvement within the community.

Criteria for renewal

  • Maintain a full-time undergraduate student status as a mathematics major at WIU with the teaching of mathematics as a career goal.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses completed and at least a 3.0 in all mathematics courses completed at WIU.

The award is automatically renewable for up to 3 years. 

Mathematics Textbook Scholarship

(All Options)

The scholarship is sponsored by Mathematics Foundation with funds solicited through annual drives. Recipients are selected by the Department of Mathematics and Philosophy.

Amount of the award is determined by the Department of Mathematics and Philosophy.

Criteria for freshmen

  • Demonstrated potential in the field of mathematics.
  • Must remain a mathematics major for the period of scholarship.

The award is not renewable. 

No application is necessary, every incoming freshmen is automatically considered for the scholarship.