Math for LA Scholarships provide financial support to undergraduates serious about pursuing a career in mathematics education.

Apply Now for a 24-25 Award!


Undergraduate students in Math for LA who are serious about pursuing a career as a teacher must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be at least one of the following:
    a. Rising senior in the Math for Teaching Major or Math for Teaching Minor
    b. Rising senior accepted into the Joint Pathway
    c. Rising junior accepted into the Integrated Pathway
    d. Rising senior who has completed M73, M74, and M75 and follows through with enrolling in M105AB and C during senior year
  2. The applicant’s overall GPA must be 3.0+
Award Amount

$4,500 total for Math for LA Scholars. $6,000 total for the Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar. To be distributed in $1,500 or $2,000 increments each quarter for one academic year contingent upon:

  1. Successful completion of coursework
  2. Continued enrollment as an undergraduate
  3. Maintenance of a 3.0+ GPA
Application Components
  1. Unofficial transcript.
  2. Personal Statement: Include a 1-3 page statement addressing the below questions. Please double-space and use 12pt font.
    a. How did your interest in a career in mathematics education develop? What are your goals?
    b. What unique experiences, talents, or perspectives will you bring to a future mathematics classroom?
    c. What attitudes around mathematics do you want to nurture in your future students?
    d. (Optional) Do you have a financial need that you would like to share with the committee?
    e. (Optional – To be considered for the additional distinction of Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar) Do you have any volunteer experience?

Please gather your application components and apply on the UCLA Scholarship Website.

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Tuesday, June 4th by 11:59pm PST.

Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar

Each year, one Math for LA Scholarship recipient is awarded an additional $500 per quarter and named the Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar for exceptional service to the community through tutoring. For this reason, the application asks for information regarding applicant tutoring or volunteering experience.

Dorothy Smith Curtis was an educator whose contributions led to the establishment of The Philip C. Curtis Jr. Center and its success working towards a world class mathematics education for all students. In 1970, Dot earned her teaching credential and began a 30-year career teaching parent education for the LAUSD. She relished working with mothers and young children from all over the worlds. They taught her their cultures, and she helped mothers raise their children with love, consistency, and exposure to ideas and learning, sharing with others what she brought to her family and friends.

2023-24 Awardees

Image displays Arzoan Esparza, Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar Recipient.

Arzoan Esparza

Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar
Image displays Samantha Padron, Math for LA Scholarship Recipient.

Samantha Padron

Math for LA Scholar

2022-23 Awardees

  • Ashley Casillas: Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar
  • Haley Hallman: Math for LA Scholar