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Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Applications are due April 3, 2022. Applications are submitted through a Qualtrics survey. Essay prompts for each type of scholarship can be found below. It is recommended that you compose and edit your short statements (300 words or less) in a word processor and paste it into the survey. If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you can submit multiple statements through one application.

Here is the Qualtrics link:

The scholarship committee is looking for what motivates you and how you meet the requirements of the scholarship. Make sure that you communicate your interests and personal story while answering the questions that are asked within the prompt. Applications should be professional but provide insight into who you are. Be sure to include aspects from your life that indicate circumstances or achievements which demonstrate your need or merit for a scholarship. For example, graduating debt free is a worthy goal, but discussing the steps you have taken to graduate debt free provides a more compelling context on why you should receive the award. If you have worked as a TA for the department, you might consider how that experience has refined your perspective. Please be aware that your application will be read by the scholarship committee composed of faculty and staff in the statistics department.


Below are the prompts for the scholarship statements for the 2022–23 school year. Statements should be short (300 words or less) and address all aspects of the prompt.


How many actuarial exams have you passed?

Financial Need

How have your personal background and past experiences shaped your identity, preconceptions, and perspective? As a part of your response, you may also address some of the following prompts:

  • What barriers (i.e., socio-economic, cultural, racial, gender, physical disability, etc.) have you had to
    overcome in your pursuit of higher education?
  • How did you overcome those barriers?
  • When and how have you come to understand the barriers faced by others?
  • What have you done to help others overcome their barriers?

Academic Merit

How will you use your statistics education to increase good in the world and decrease bad? As a part of your response, you may also address some of the following prompts:

  • Reflecting on this year's forum series, what does the beloved community mean to you and how can we work to make it a reality in the statistics department?
  • Reflect on how you plan to use your statistics education to help build a beloved community.

BYU – Idaho Transfer

What was your experience at BYU-I? Why are you interested in pursuing a degree in statistics? What do you hope to gain or what have you gained from coming to BYU? How are you planning to or currently contributing to the BYU community?

The following are the scholarships offered through the Department of Statistics.


Actuarial Science
Both undergraduate students majoring in actuarial science and graduate students doing research in actuarial science are eligible to apply.

Wickes Family Scholarship
Gene and Gwen Wickes have earned multiple degrees from BYU. Gene is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. The Wickes Family Scholarship was established to help undergraduate students who are majoring in actuarial science and showing academic progress. Recipients are encouraged, though not obligated, to contribute to this fund in the future should their circumstances allow.

Financial Need

Russell C. Richards Scholarship
Russell C. Richards received his Bachelor of Science in statistics and pursued graduate studies in statistics at BYU. He worked for the State Board of Regents as the Director of Systems and Institutional Research. He passed away from cancer at a young age. This scholarship was established in his memory and is for both undergraduate and graduate students who can demonstrate financial need, academic promise, and who are of good character.

Elrod C. Leany
Applicants can be undergraduate or graduate students who can demonstrate financial need. Scholastic standing is also considered; however, there is not a specific GPA requirement.

Together For Greatness Scholarship
Applicants must have a declared major in the Statistics Department. This scholarship is awarded to students with financial need who show academic progress.

BYU-I Transfer Students

Bahr Family Scholarship
Michael Bahr started his career at Ricks College (now BYU-I) and transferred to BYU where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in statistics. Michael and his wife, Tamara, have established this scholarship to assist those students transferring from BYU-I to BYU with tuition. Applicants must be transferring from BYU-I and seeking a degree in statistics.

Academic Merit

Alvin C. Rencher
Alvin C. Rencher was a well-recognized professor whose work in linear models allowed him to publish three textbooks with the leading statistical publisher. Even with this notoriety, he was remembered for his concern for individual students as well as encouraging all with whom he came in contact. Applicants for this award must be undergraduate student majoring in statistics and preference may be given to those who have not received another award from the University. Recipients are encouraged, though not obligated, to contribute to this fund in the future should their circumstances allow.

Statistics Scholarship
This scholarship is for students majoring in actuarial science or statistics. This scholarship is awarded based on scholastic standing.