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Undergraduate Scholarships

Eugene and Osa Taylor Scholarship

Eugene Taylor was head of the Mathematics Department from 1920 until his retirement in 1950. He died in Moscow in 1973 at the age of 93. His son John Taylor and his grandson John Taylor received bachelor's degrees from the Mathematics Department. In 1979 his sons Paul and John Taylor established this endowed scholarship in memory of their parents.

The scholarships are based on merit. The recipient must be a mathematics major entering the junior or senior year. Recipients are selected by the faculty in mathematics in amounts at their discretion from the available income.

J. Lawrence Botsford Memorial Fund

This endowed scholarship was given by his family in memory of Larry Botsford, a long-time faculty member in mathematics.

Awards are made to students majoring in mathematics or a closely related field who are entering their senior year. The recipients are selected by the faculty of the Department of Mathematics. The amount of each award is determined by the faculty in mathematics, but must be no less than $100 per award.

Linn Hower Honor Scholarship

This scholarship is endowed by Mildred and Loyal L. Hower in honor of their son L. Linn Hower, who graduated with honors with a B.S. in mathematics in May 1979.

The recipient must be a junior or senior enrolled full-time in the Department of Mathematics and majoring in mathematics or applied mathematics with a computation or scientific option and with intention of applying mathematics in a physical or biological science field. The recipient must be a graduate of an Idaho high school. If possible, preference is given to native Idahoans from rural Idaho. The recipient must have a high potential for success in a mathematics or scientific field other than teaching at the elementary or high school level. Financial need shall not be a consideration. The scholarship may be renewed for a second year if the recipient reapplies and remains otherwise eligible. Recipients are selected by the faculty in mathematics.

The Ya-Yen Wang Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Ya-Yen Wang was a professor of mathematics at the University of Idaho. This scholarship was founded in her memory at the time of her death in 1995 by family members.

These scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are available to junior and senior mathematics majors. Preference is given to women. Selection is based solely on merit, as determined by the Mathematics Department Scholarship Committee.

The Clancy and Barbara Potratz Mathematics Education Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Clancy and Barbara Potratz. Clancy was on the Mathematics Department faculty from 1966 to 1994. He served as head of the department from 1990 to 1994.

This $1000 scholarship is available to full time students majoring in mathematics. Students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing are eligible. First preference is given to students preparing for a career teaching mathematics at the middle through high school levels.

Rose W. and Emil C. Helmholz Centennial Scholarship

Established in 1987 by Angeline Elder, daughter of Rose and Emil Helmholz. The Helmholzes moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, from Wisconsin in 1909 and operated a dairy farm until they retired to Renton, Washington in 1953.

In accordance with the Helmholzes' desire to leave a lasting contribution to higher education, the scholarship is granted annually to the female student majoring in chemistry, mathematics, or physics who has the highest grade point average at the conclusion of her junior year.

The J. Karen Pyrah and Pyrah Family Scholarship

Established in 2012 in memory of J. Karen Pyrah and her parents, Walter Glen Pyrah and Georgia Anderson Pyrah, and her brother, David Anderson Pyrah. Karen grew up in Ketchum and graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in math in 1967. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She spent her career with the CIA, and retired as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service. Karen passed away in 2010. The scholarship was established to provide students with the opportunity for a successful career such as Karen had.

The scholarship is for undergraduate mathematics majors, with preference to students from Idaho.

Malcolm and Carol Renfrew Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics

Established in 2014 through a bequest from Malcolm and Carol Renfrew. Malcolm earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry in 1932 and 1934, respectively. Carol earned a B.A. in economics in 1935. After a successful career in industry, Malcolm returned to the University of Idaho as head of the Department of Physical Sciences and later the Department of Chemistry. During his time on the faculty, Malcolm helped to raise the research profile of the university and played a leading role in establishing a Ph.D. program. Following retirement, the Renfrews remained incredibly supportive of the University of Idaho and the Moscow community.

The scholarship is open to all students in the math department.

Newman and Neah Fisher Mathematics Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2016 by Newman and Neah Fisher for students majoring in the Department of Mathematics who are preparing for a career teaching math at the secondary or community college level. Dr. Newman Fisher was the first person to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Idaho. He is professor and chair emeritus of math at San Francisco State University.

The scholarship is based on merit and is open to full-time students (undergraduate or graduate level) majoring in mathematics. Preference is given to students preparing for a career teaching math at the secondary or community college level.

The Mathematics Department Scholarship

This scholarship is not endowed, but is awarded from funds donated each year. Donations are made by department faculty, alumni, and friends. The recipient must be a freshman of sophomore student majoring in mathematics.


Physical Address:
Brink Hall 300

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1103
Moscow, ID 83844-1103

Phone: (208) 885-6742

Fax: (208) 885-5843


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