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Mathematics Department Scholarships

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington awards scholarships each year in memory of former mathematics professors. Students with math majors can apply any time, the annual target date is February 20. Depending on the funds available and the quality of the candidates, more than four scholarships may be awarded from the following four scholarship funds.

Undergraduate Scholarships
  • The H. A. D. Dunsworth Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or in-coming freshman mathematics major who demonstrates strong overall academic performance and excellence in the study of mathematics. All undergraduate mathematics majors are automatically considered for the scholarship based on their performance at UT Arlington. No applications are necessary. In-coming freshmen will also be considered if they apply for the scholarship. Scholarship letters and application forms for in-coming freshmen can be obtained at Scholarship-Letter.doc and Application-Form.doc, respectively.

    H.A.D. Dunsworth was associated with UT Arlington for almost half a century as a student, faculty member and administrator. Among the positions he held were Coach, Athletic Dircetor, Chair of the Mathematics Department and acting Dean of the College. He assisted in founding the Ex-Letterman's Association and served the Alumni Association in many capacities, including President.

  • The John A. Gardner Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or in-coming freshman mathematics major who demonstrates strong overall academic performance and excellence in the study of mathematics. All undergraduate mathematics majors are automatically considered for the scholarship based on their performance at UT Arlington. No applications are necessary. In-coming freshmen will also be considered if they apply for the scholarship. Scholarship letters and application forms for in-coming freshmen can be obtained at Scholarship-Letter.doc and Application-Form.doc, respectively.

    In 1956, John A. Gardner became a professor of mathematics at Arlington State College (now UT Arlington); he retired in 1977. As an active member of the Maverick Club and Phi Delta Kappa, he was closely involved with the University. In his memory, family and friends established the John A. Gardner Family Mathematics Scholarship in 1999.

  • The R. Kannan Memorial Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students (sophomores or above) with declared majors in Mathematics who demonstrates strong overall academic performance and excellence in the study of mathematics. All eligible undergraduate mathematics majors are automatically considered for this award.

    Dr. Rangachary Kannan devoted twenty years of his career to educating UT Arlington students and sharing his passion for mathematics. He served as Chair of the Mathematics Department from 1995 until his death in 2000. The R. Kannan Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by Dr. Carole King Krueger to honor the memory of her friend and mentor and to enable the department of mathematics to award scholarships to its best undergraduate mathematics students. .

  • Bernice Livers Sonricker Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics is awarded to a mathematics major who has a better than 3.0 GPA and graduated from a Tarrant County High School. Students with speech impediment, as determined by the Department of Mathematics faculty, will be given preference in the consideration of the scholarship. All undergraduate mathematics majors are automatically considered for the scholarship based on their performance at UT Arlington. No applications are necessary. Incoming freshmen will also be considered if they apply for the scholarship. Scholarship letters and application forms for in-coming freshmen can be obtained at Scholarship-Letter.doc and Application-Form.doc, respectively.

    Mrs. Sonricker was a life long Texan who lived in Fort Worth and Marshall. She spent her career in accounting and loved the application of mathematics. She was a dynamic, motivating, and caring person who recognized the need for and the value of higher education in mathematics. This scholarship was established by her son in honor of Mrs. Sonricker.

Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Stephen R. Bernfeld Memorial Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate mathematics majors or graduate students who demonstrates strong overall academic performance and excellence in the study of mathematics. All undergraduate mathematics majors and graduate students are automatically considered for this award based on their performance at UT Arlington.

    Dr. Bernfeld joined the UTA faculty in 1975 as an associate professor of mathematics and became a full professor in 1979. He had a passion for math and for helping others study it. Now that passion is being passed on through a scholarship established by his son, Jeff, who works as an associate marketing manager. An article about this endowment can be found at the UTA Magazine web site.

  • Michael B. and Wanda G. Ray Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student each alternate year in the Department of Mathematics or Department of Physics. The award recipient will be chosen by the respective department Awards Committee. The Fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis with a preference to an incoming Ph.D. student pursuing study of Mathematics or Physics. Recipients must be full-time graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in the Department of Mathematics or Physics. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in each semester. This award does not preclude any other financial aid. The recipient shall receive a one-time annual award of $1,000. The award may be greater if more funds are available. Nominees will be identified through solicitation of faculty who are recruiting and mentoring students conducting research in the appropriate areas. Nominations will be solicited in January and a decision will be rendered at the same time as other departmental awards/scholarships. The Office of Graduate Studies will disburse the Michael B. and Wanda G. Ray Fellowship with a Fall/Spring split.

    Michael and Wanda Ray are natives of Texas. Michael received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences in 1981 from the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently the Upstream Director at ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research. He was named a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2009. Michael and Wanda currently reside in New Jersey and are proud supporters of graduate education.