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

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

2024-25 Awards


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
  2. The applicant’s overall GPA must be 3.0+
Award Amount

Up to $4500. To be distributed in $1500 increments each quarter for one 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. Original classroom activity with a lesson plan
  3. Optional: Volunteer Experience for the Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar Recognition

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

Note: In order to apply, you must first complete the BAM General Application by selecting¬† the “Complete your General Application to Apply” link at the bottom right of the page. Once this is complete, you should be able to apply for this scholarship.


Exact May 2024 date will be posted here.

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.

2022-23 Awardees

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