ICTM CollegeScholarships

The Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics will be presenting its annual Scholarships in Mathematics Education in October of each year.  ICTM has been awarding Scholarships to college students since 1989.  You can see a list of past winners here. See our current winners at the bottom of this page!

There will be up to three scholarships granted of $1,500 to help defray educational expenses of the recipients. Awardees also get a free 1-year ICTM membership. You can help ensure that these scholarship are available for future generations by donating to the scholarship fund.

To be eligible for the 2021-2022 scholarship, a student must:

  1. Be enrolled as a junior or senior in an accredited university or college in Illinois during Spring 2022 with a graduation during May 2022 or later.
  2. Be working on their first bachelor’s degree with an intent to teach in Illinois upon graduation.
  3. Be a mathematics education major, a mathematics major with an education minor, or an education major with an official mathematics emphasis.
  4. Have a total overall GPA of at least 3.00 from all colleges attended (based on 4.00).
  5. Submit digital copies of the following through the ICTM Scholarship Submission Portal:
    1. A completed ICTM scholarship application form that includes (2021-2022 form will be available soon):
      1. Applicant information
      2. Two 200-300 word essays
      3. A complete lesson planning form
    2. Transcripts from ALL COLLEGES ATTENDED.
    3. Letters of recommendation from two mathematics or mathematics methods teachers, high school or college. These letters must state the capacity in which the writer knew the applicant and address their potential as a mathematics teacher.
    4. Some verification of the applicant's enrollment in a teacher education program (e.g. letter from advisor, copy of registration materials, notation on transcript etc.)

Applications will be scored by a committee of readers using the following evaluation rubric:

  • Application information = 5 points (completeness, GPA, clarity)
  • Activities = 10 points (how strongly are the work/leadership/extracurricular activities from your college years connected to mathematics and/or teaching?)
  • Essay #1 = 10 points (writing quality, anticipated contribution to teaching mathematics, enthusiasm for teaching and mathematics)
  • Essay #2 = 10 points (writing quality, degree to which the question selected is answered, quality of the answer to the selected prompt)
  •  Lesson Planning Form = 15 points (clarity and appropriateness of objectives/goals, level of student engagement opportunities, methods of evaluating student understanding, clarity of flow of lesson which includes introduction and closure)

You may download and complete the 2021-2022 fillable PDF version of the application hereCompleted applications need to be submitted by May 9, 2022. Winners will be contacted in September 2022.  Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Ms. Cory Gilroy at [email protected] Once you've gathered all of the materials listed in item 5 above, submit your documents in our online portal.


The 2021 Scholarship Awardee:



Weronika Trzaska - Illinois State University

Weronika graduated from Illinois State University in May 2021. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. Weronika has endorsements to teach 5-12th grades Math and Computer Science. She is proud and grateful to be starting her teaching journey as an AP Computer Science A/Principles and Math 2 Honors teacher at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School (Palos Hills, IL), where she student taught. In addition, Weronika is also the Assistant Boys Swim Coach and the VEX Robotics club Co-Sponsor. Becoming a teacher was a commitment Weronika has made since her senior year of high school, being selected and inducted as a Golden Apple Scholar. She is so excited to see what great memories she will make within her first year of teaching!