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 students since 1988.  You can see a list of past winners here.

There will be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 awards 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.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

To Apply for a Scholarship

To be eligible, a student must:

  1. Be enrolled as a junior or senior in an accredited university or college in Illinois during Spring 2017 with a graduation during May 2017 or later.
  2. Be working on his/her 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, an education major with a middle level mathematics endorsement, or an elementary education major with a strong interest in mathematics teaching.
  4. Have a total over all GPA of at least 3.00 from all colleges attended (based on 4.00).
  5. Submit hard copies of the following:
    1. A completed ICTM scholarship application form which you can type directly in the PDF form below and then print out for mailing. The application includes:
      1. Applicant information as requested
      2. Two 200-300 word essays as described below
      3. A complete lesson planning form as described below
    2. Transcripts from ALL COLLEGES ATTENDED. (These may be student copies but must be hard copy form, not electronic, to be mailed.)
    3. Letters of recommendation from two mathematics teachers, high school or college. These letters must state the capacity in which the writer knew the applicant and address his/her potential as a mathematics teacher. (These must be hard copy form, not electronic, to be mailed. If you receive the letter of recommendation electronically, print it out for mailing.)
    4. Some verification of your designated status and major (e.g. letter from advisor, copy of registration materials, etc.)

You may download and complete the 2017-2018 PDF version of the application here.  Directions for where to mail the completed application packet are included in the application.  You can also see the evaluation rubric here.


The 2017 Scholarship Awardees are:


Chelsea Gossett

Chelsea is a senior at McKendree University in Mathematics Secondary Education.  She has wanted to become a teacher since she was in Kindergarten.  Math anxiety is a concern that she wants to help students overcome as well as the invisible gender barrier in mathematics.


Stephanie Lake

Stephanie is a graduate of McKendree University in Secondary Mathematics Education. According to her recommendation letters, Stephanie is creative, persistent, loves learning, passionate about mathematics and values working cooperatively with others.


Kylee Murray

Kylee is a senior at Concordia University in Secondary Mathematics Education.  She believes in individualizing learning and used Tangrams and Starburst candies in her lesson to investigate the Pythagorean Theorem.


Robin Prokaski

Robin is a graduate of St. Xavier University in Secondary Mathematics Education.  As one of his recommending teachers wrote, “Mr. Prokaski’s lesson preparation always exhibited depth of thought, effective questioning techniques, attention to real-life applications, and an ability to anticipate students’ common misconceptions."


Kathleen Tollakson

Kathleen is a graduate of Illinois State University in Mathematics Teacher Education.  As a teacher she hopes to touch the lives of her students in multiple ways and be their cheerleader.  It is important to her to continuously explore and expand her teaching techniques, keeping up with change.