ICTM Scholarships

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. You can help ensure that these scholarship are available for future generations by donating to the scholarship fund.

To be eligible, a student must:

  1. Be enrolled as a junior or senior in an accredited university or college in Illinois during Spring 2021 with a graduation during May 2021 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:
      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 2020-2021 fillable PDF version of the application hereCompleted applications need to be submitted by May 9, 2021. Winners will be contacted in September 2021.  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, please go here to submit your documents.


The 2020 Scholarship Awardees were:


Brooke Jensen - Illinois State University

Brooke is currently a senior Middle Level Education student at Illinois State University with endorsement areas of math, science, and English Language Arts. Her hometown is Yorkville, IL.  At Illinois State University, she is a lead supplemental instructor for an algebraic reasoning class. She also privately tutors middle school students in math and language arts. She is the President of Collegiate Middle Level Association at ISU and attended the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) conference twice. This past year, she was able to present at the AMLE as well. She is also a member of the Honors Program, Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. 


Alex Rappé - Illinois State University

Alex graduated from Illinois State University in May 2020 with a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and an endorsement in Social Science - History. He is originally from Macon, IL, and graduated from Meridian High School in 2016 with a desire to spread his love for problem-solving, curiosity, and reasoning in mathematics. He is currently teaching mathematics at Sterling High School as an Algebra 1 and Geometry teacher.

Morgan Wendt - Millikin University

Morgan is from Oreana, IL, and is currently a senior at Millikin University, double majoring in both Secondary Math and Middle Grades Math Education.  She is a member of the Honors Program and the Leadership Scholars Program, as well as the treasurer of Pi Mu Epsilon.  From her freshman to junior year of college, she worked as a supervisor for Decatur Christian School’s before-school program where she gained valuable experiences interacting with students.  Over the past four years, she has also served as a math tutor for students, ranging from fifth grade to high school seniors.  She chose the rewarding profession of teaching mathematics because she has a passion for math and sincerely desires to have a positive impact on students by developing their math and critical thinking skills.


Joe  Previdi - Univ. of Chicago

Joe recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Mathematics. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joe came to Illinois for school and fell in love with Chicago's South Side. During college, he was a teaching assistant in the Polk Bros program at UChicago, where he taught advanced mathematics classes to Chicago public school teachers. He was also a track athlete and earned second place at the NCAA DIII national championships for the 800m. Now, he is teaching high school integrated mathematics and algebra at UChicago Woodlawn Charter School.