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Scholarship Applications

Thanks to the generosity of donors, the Department of Statistics has scholarship funding available for students who are pursuing a degree in statistics and who have a passion for using data to make a difference in the world. Please read about our donors here.

As a recipient of this scholarship, you will receive financial support to help you achieve your academic and career goals.
The deadline for applications is April 23, 2023. The application can be found here.


To be eligible for a statistics department scholarship, you must be

  • enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester for which you are applying, exceptions can be made for the last semester before graduation; and
  • an early-stage statistics major who has completed Stat 240, Math 112, and Math 113 with at least one A grade or a later-stage statistics major who is on a good trajectory to finishing the degree.

Preference is given to students who

  • are not already receiving another university award or benefit;
  • have not received a prior award from the department; and
  • have worked and will continue to work for the department.

Total support from university and department awards typically will not exceed the cost of university tuition. Department scholarships are awarded after university scholarships awards are made. If you are unsure about whether your university scholarship will be renewed, you are welcome to apply. While university scholarship awards are made based on GPA, the department uses a holistic review which does not rely exclusively on GPA.

Scholarship Essay Prompts

As part of the application, please write a short statement (300 words or less) that responds to one of the following prompts:

Financial Need
Please discuss your current financial situation, explain why you believe you have unmet financial need, and explain how receiving a scholarship would impact your ability to pursue your educational goals.

Personal Achievements
Please provide a brief summary of your academic achievements in the statistics major, including any research or projects you have completed. We want to support students who are dedicated to using statistics to make a positive impact in the world, and we are excited to hear about how you plan to do so. Highlight any notable awards or recognitions you have received. We encourage you to share any challenges you have faced and how you overcame them, demonstrating your perseverance and commitment to statistics. We would love to hear about any leadership roles you have taken on in the statistics community, such as organizing events, mentoring other students, or participating in statistics clubs or organizations. Let us know how you have contributed to the growth and development of the statistics community and how you plan to continue doing so in the future. Lastly, please share with us your long-term career goals and how this scholarship will help you achieve them.

We recognize that many students face significant obstacles in their academic and personal lives, and we want to understand the challenges that you have faced and how you have persevered. Please share with us your personal story, including any financial, familial, or other barriers that you have had to overcome in order to pursue your degree in statistics.