Federal Grant to Provide Scholarships to Low-Income Math Majors

The five-year grant will fund students at Texas Tech and three regional community colleges.

Mathematicians at Texas Tech University recently received a $645,030 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a scholarship program for low-income students interested in pursuing a degree in mathematics at Texas Tech and three regional community colleges.

The five-year grant will fund the South Plains Mathematics Fellows (SPMF) program, which will provide scholarships of up to $10,000 per year to 52 financially disadvantaged students. Texas Tech has partnered with Midland College, Odessa College and Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, N.M.

Kent Pearce, lead investigator on the grant and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, said this program is an offshoot of another Texas Tech mathematics scholarship program called the South Plains Mathematics Scholars (SPMS) program. Beginning in 2007 and ending last September, SPMS provided scholarships to 40 students with financial need, more than 70 percent of whom graduated, or are on track to graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline.