Scholarship Applications are due April 4, 2021. 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: https://byu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9M0mbSnnjy3ByuO
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.
Below are the prompts for the scholarship statements for the 2021–22 school year. Statements should be short (300 words or less) and address all aspects of the prompt.
What aspects of actuarial science inspire you? Describe how your personal history has influenced your interest in actuarial science. How have you furthered this interest inside and outside the classroom? Why would this scholarship benefit you as you continue to explore actuarial science?
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?
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:
- What current issue (i.e., social justice, public health, climate, education) is important to you? How will you
use your statistics education to address it?
- How have you made a difference in the statistics department? How will this experience help you make an
impact as your career progresses?
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.
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.
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.
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.
This scholarship is for students majoring in actuarial science or statistics. This scholarship is awarded based on scholastic standing.