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 Scholarships give you funds for college that you don't need to repay. The Department of Mathematics offers a number of scholarships to help you achieve your goals.

The following scholarships are specific to Mathematics. In addition to these scholarships, there are many other scholarships and types of financial aid available to our students. Find information about other scholarship and financial aid opportunities here. Have questions? Contact the Financial Aid department at 217/351-2222 or email

Strides in Mathematics Award (SIMA)

Each spring, the Department of Mathematics will recognize a student who has made notable progress in mathematics from a non‐traditional start. To be eligible, a student must have completed MAT 060 or MAT 072 at Parkland College in the current or previous academic year, and must have overcome academic and/or personal past or present obstacles in order to meet the challenges of furthering their education, and have done so commendably in both their mathematics courses and overall work at Parkland College. Students must be nominated by a faculty member to apply for the award.

Jayne Ryoti Scholarship Award

This scholarship was established in memory of Jayne Ryoti, a former mathematics instructor at Parkland College, for a student enrolled in a math‐related transfer program.

Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • resident of Parkland College District 505
  • completed at least 25 credit hours at Parkland
  • grade of A or B in all mathematics classes
  • completed or currently enrolled in MAT 128
  • enrolled in at least 12 credit hours in the fall semester at Parkland College
  • currently enrolled in a mathematics course or have completed at least ten hours of mathematics courses

Scholarship information and applications are distributed to instructors of MAT 128, 129, 228, and 229 around the fourth week of fall semester. Applications are also available by request.

Geoff Griffiths Mathematics Scholarship

Each spring, the math department will acknowledge a student whose efforts have gone above and beyond their peers both inside and outside of the classroom. If you know a student whose effort has gone above and beyond expectations inside and outside the classroom, a student who you have the need to brag about to the entire department, or a student who simply reminds you that this job does have some happy times in between all of the frustrating ones, please consider submitting a nomination on his or her behalf.

Faculty are required to submit a nomination in writing a week before Professional Development Day. Multiple instructors can collaborate on the same nomination if so desired. On Professional Development Day, we will share success stories and discuss the nominated individuals. An award winner will be decided by a ballot vote.