ICTM Scholarships

$1,500Award Amount
3Number of Awards
5/9/2023Submission Deadline

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Since 1989, the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) has granted students the ICTM scholarship to help them through their studies. Annually, the scholarship grants $1,500 to three undergraduate students to support them financially as they complete their education. Applicants must be studying for an undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university within the state of Illinois.

Applicants must be completing a degree in mathematics and teaching intending to teach within the state of Illinois upon graduation. Applicants must have a minimum GPA score of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 and a transcript that identifies all the colleges/universities they have attended. Two 200-300 word essays and two letters of recommendation from mathematics teachers must be submitted.

All applications must include a detailed lesson plan for the student and outline the expected completion date of the degree. Applications are scored by a committee of readers who score applications on a rubric with a total score of 50. Winners are given a free one-year ICTM membership which supports mathematics teachers throughout Illinois.

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ICTM Scholarships Timeline

January 2023

Applications Opening Date

Applications open on January 1.

May 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is May 9.

September 2023

Awards Announcement Date

Winners are announced in September.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: College Junior – College Senior
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 3
  • Geographic Eligibility: Illinois
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript
  • Recommendation letters
  • School Verification

How to ace the ICTM Scholarships


Provide a clear lesson planning form

The lesson planning form you submit with your application counts the most amount of points for your overall submission. Ensure you provide clarity on objectives/goals for the class, the engagement opportunity for students, methods of evaluating students' understanding, and clarity of the lesson plan through the introduction and closure of each class. Your lesson plan must be clear and concise with all the aforementioned details taken into consideration.


Answer each question carefully and with thought

You will need to provide two 200-300 word responses to two questions possessed by the scholarship. Ensure you read through each question and understand what is being asked. We suggest you brainstorm possible responses and receive peer reviews on your essays to provide the best essays possible.


Show all relevant extracurricular activities

A large portion of the scoring for each submission is the extracurricular activities applicants have taken part in. Provide as many examples of extracurricular activities you have participated in, these activities must be connected to mathematics and/or teaching.


Complete a neat and clear application form

As part of the scoring system, the committee judges the submissions based on completeness and clarity. Ensure you have completed all required fields within the application form with clear and concise responses.

How the ICTM Scholarships is Judged

Applications are scored by a committee of readers who evaluate submissions based on a rubric that amounts to 50 points. The completeness, GPA score, and clarity of the applications are scored a value of 5 points. Activities that applicants have taken part in such as extracurricular activities are scored a value of 10 points. Each essay submitted is scored a value of 10 points and the lesson planning form submitted is scored a value of 15 points. The winner of the award will be chosen based on the highest scoring application.

Why We Love the ICTM Scholarships


Winners are given online recognition

All winners of the award are given a winners bio blurb, which gives an international audience a brief description of the winner and their current position within a relevant school in Illinois.


ICTM provides free webinars

ICTM webinars are free for all to join and provide key discussions on professional development opportunities on how to better mathematics teaching within Illinois.


ICTM provides the Illinois Mathematics Teacher Journal

The “Illinois Mathematics Teacher Journal” is written by practicing teachers and provides an online journal that offers practical methods of improving teaching and learning in mathematics.

5 Facts About the ICTM


The ICTM provides a mathematics contest

Annually, the ICTM hosts the State Math Contest, which encourages out-of-school engagement with mathematics and provides a wholesome environment for friendly competition.


Practicing teachers are granted the ICTM Award

The ICTM Awards acknowledge outstanding practicing mathematics teachers and grants them free ICTM membership for five years as well as a plaque of honor.


The ICTM Conference is hosted annually

Annually, the ICTM Conference is hosted in October to acknowledge outstanding teachers and students within the field of mathematics as well as provide people with the opportunity to participate in the organization.


The ICTM provides free recognition certificates

The ICTM provides free recognition certificates to download and print, for all teachers and students who deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements within the field of mathematics.


The ICTM is over 50 years old

In 1949, the ICTM was founded by 90 like-minded mathematics teachers in Illinois. The organization has been contributing to mathematics and mathematics education for over 50 years.

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