Learner Education Women in Mathematics Scholarship

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$1,000
1 winner every 6 months
Open
Next Application Deadline
Aug 1, 2022
Next Winners Announced
Aug 26, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Eligibility Requirements
Desired Degree:
Math-related fields
Desired Degree:
Math-related fields

“I would like to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do, and as someone who took risks along the way in order to achieve her goals.” Sally Ride

We live in the information era, where technology underpins so much of our daily lives. Technology influences the way we communicate, learn, entertain. And it has an increasing influence on key issues like the economy, foreign policy, privacy, healthcare, and more.

With this drastic boom in tech, innovators in math are needed now more than ever to solve complex problems surrounding tech in order to continue driving the information era forward toward the goals we’ve set for ourselves. 

We can all benefit from having more women entering the math field. Gender diversity introduces new perspectives, enabling us to better solve the complex problems of the future and provide those who have often been overlooked the opportunity to succeed in these fields. 

This scholarship exists as part of our initiative to provide more opportunities for women in STEM. To contribute to a better future for women in math, the Learner Women in Mathematics Scholarship will be awarded to one woman who is pursuing a career in a math-related field and is extremely ambitious about the feats she will accomplish in her career. 

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a current high school senior who plans to study mathematics or related fields or an undergraduate currently studying in these fields. To apply, please write about what draws you to math and how certain principles in math have shaped your understanding of the world around you.

STEM
Selection Criteria:
Essay, Woman, Inquisitive, Innovative, Ambition, Drive, Purpose
$1,000
1 winner every 6 months
Open
Next Application Deadline
Aug 1, 2022
Next Winners Announced
Aug 26, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
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Essay Topic

What draws you to math, and how have the principles of mathematics shaped your understanding of the world?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Shelley Suazo
University of California-MercedSacramento, CA
One aspect that draws me to math is its reliability. The answer to a math problem will always be the same. If I’m given an equation and asked to find its derivative, there are several methods I could use, but they would all give me the same answer. No other subject is like this. Science has multiple hypotheses for each problem; historical events vary depending on whose point of view you’re seeing; literature is interpreted differently by every reader. Math is the only field that remains consistent, and this dependability is comforting to me. Despite being challenging at first, solving math equations can be satisfying once you get the hang of it. Though I often feel frustrated when first learning a concept, I find myself having fun after a few problems. Nothing beats the feeling of satisfaction I get after taking a complex equation and simplifying it. However, I didn’t always enjoy math. Growing up, I always felt neutral about it. I didn’t hate it or struggle as other students did, but I didn’t particularly care about it either. That changed in junior year when pre-calculus became the bane of my existence. The unit circle, and my inability to memorize it, became my worst nightmare, to the point that I dreaded going to class every day. The following year, I had to take either AP Calculus or AP Statistics, and I, terrified after my horrible experience with trigonometry, chose statistics. Little did I know that this choice would change my entire attitude about math. Statistics intrigued me in a way no other subject ever had, and I fell in love with it. Every day I looked forward to learning more about statistical significance and how to calculate it. I loved that I could learn so much from conducting studies and analyzing data. I found myself having more fun than I knew possible in a math class. I even found myself excited to do homework. Statistics ignited an excitement in me that I had never felt in school before. This excitement inspired me to minor in applied mathematics and explore the field of data analytics. After starting college and taking a few calculus classes, I realized that I didn’t hate calculus like I previously thought. I also realized that math is omnipresent in our world and crucial for understanding every aspect of life. The applications are endless: calculating tax when shopping; figuring out how much storage is left on your phone; determining travel times; the list is endless. No matter what field I end up in, I will need math.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Aug 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Aug 26, 2022.