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Learner Math Lover Scholarship

Funded by
$500
1 winner$500
Open
Application Deadline
Jun 30, 2024
Winners Announced
Jul 30, 2024
Education Level
Any
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Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Any
Interests:
Math

Math is one of the most important subjects to learn—it serves as the basis of other fields, including professions such as technology, business, and economics. 

It teaches important skills such as problem solving and logical thinking, which we use on a daily basis. Advancements in technology, computers, and predicting economic trends are only a few of the things math has helped us achieve. The Learner Math Lover Scholarship will highlight the importance of math and all that it has brought to society by supporting a student who loves math. 

Students of any education level are eligible to apply if they love math. To apply, write about what you love about math.


Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Bold.org Profile
Published October 27, 2023
Essay Topic

Why do you love math?

200–400 words

Winning Application

jesse heisler
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeAllen, TX
What I love the most about math is that the numbers always add up and they never lie. At times it may seem like they are lying because the solution to the equation looks incorrect, but it inevitably is always user error. I have learned that there are two types of people. One has an apt for the arts, the other for the sciences. I am more science inclined and enjoy the mathematical equation behind how things work. I appreciate math because no matter where you go in the world the language of math is spoken. May be at different levels depending on who you are conversing with, nevertheless, one plus one is always two. Because of this free trade is possible between everybody. If we were to every find life on another planet, we may not be able to communicate through our languages. Math is a universal language and would be our way to connect. I enjoy the precision of math, there are no gray areas. In math there aren’t times that the equation cannot be solved, because with time it can always be worked out. I am currently working in finance; without math this industry doesn’t exist. I’ve been working for hedge funds for several years and am a big fan of machine learning and quantitative trading models. With math, the possibilities are limitless for investors to beat the market and deliver superior returns. I read a book about a hedge fund that is consistently up 50 plus percent every year for 30 years. That is remarkable, it is an astonishing accomplishment compared to the competition. The trading is completely based on mathematical models, the analysts and portfolio managers don’t have a clue about the companies they are trading. Profit and loss statements, revenue, or income, all these factors that most investors rely on does not mean a thing to them. They implement a strategy called high-frequency trading; it is done by computer algorithms based on math equations that seek to time the market. It is called black box portfolio construction because no one outside of the organization is allowed to investigate and see what is done. Mathematicians at the firm aren’t allowed to know what others are working on, for the fear of learning to much and recreating it somewhere else. This fascinates me, I love learning about it, and it is all based on math.
Marissa Fuhrmeister
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsLongmont, CO
"If God has a language, it would be Math", those are the words my Dad uses to explain the complex logical and interconnected equations that are math. A map of completely logical equations just waiting for us to discover them and their applications in life. In a world where it seems everything is created to deceive, the logical connections found in math are refreshing! Math is not what I would describe as my strong suit in school, but the real-world applications in topics such as Geometry and Statistics intrigued me into exploring math more in-depth. Science may be the answer to our problems, but what is Science without Math? I am an incoming Freshman this fall at Colorado State University as a Wildlife Biology major. My career goals are extensive and they all consist of math in one way or another. The goal of preserving Biodiversity hotspots will require me to create mathematical population models to analyze certain species populations in a region to determine their protection needs and discover whether the protections that I enact are working in the region. Growth or decline rates for species will lead my work by helping determine what level of protection is necessary for a species and measure population changes. Statistics will be my guiding principle for what is known to have worked, what may work and to measure my success. Math is not only God's language, but the language that allows information to be shared with the public in a way that makes sense and can build compassion and caring in the public eye for the habitats I will fight to protect, many of which have never been seen by those in other countries like the US. Presenting people with statistics on what works, what needs to be done, and the proven ways they can help is a great way to involve individuals globally. Science, and its close twin Math, are the answers to our problems. Together, with the knowledge of these topics, change can be enacted and our world can be brought to a sustainable future in which future generations can thrive. Is it a coincidence that Math ("God's language") is the answer to Earth's struggles?

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 30, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jul 30, 2024.