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Scholarship Applications

3 Stat Scholarships

Scholarship Applications are due March 1, 2020. Handwritten copies will not be accepted. Completed applications can be emailed to

The scholarship committee is looking for what motivates the candidate and how that person meets 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 the student is as a person. Be sure to include aspects from your life that indicate circumstances or achievements which demonstrate your need or merit for a scholarship.

2020-21 Actuarial Scholarship Application

2020-21 Russell C. Richards Scholarship Application

2020-21 Bahr Family Scholarship Application

2020-21 Department Scholarship Application

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

Actuarial Scholarships

Actuarial Science
Undergraduate students majoring in actuarial science and graduates doing research in actuarial science are both 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.

Memorial Scholarships

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.

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.

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.

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

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.