COMMUNITY COACHING SCHOLARSHIP

COMMUNITY COACHING SCHOLARSHIP

About the Scholarship
Two $3000 awards presented to MATHCOUNTS alumni who start a Competition Series program at an underserved school
Winners will receive:
  • a $3000 college scholarship (disbursed after the recipient successfully starts a Competition Series program at an underserved school)
  • 2 years of free MATHCOUNTS Competition Series registration for their selected school
  • 2 years of free access to OPLET, our online problem library resource with over 15,000 math problems
  • a $250 gift card to the MATHCOUNTS Online Store for their team
Finalists will receive:
  • a year of free MATHCOUNTS Competition Series registration for their selected school
  • a year of free access to OPLET, our online problem library resource with over 15,000 math problems
  • a $100 gift card to the MATHCOUNTS Online Store for their team
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Before Applying

1. Determine Eligibility

1. Applicants must be MATHCOUNTS Alumni

MATHCOUNTS alumni are students who participated in the National Math Club, Math Video Challenge or MATHCOUNTS Competition Series (school, chapter, state or national level) when they were in grades 6-8.

2. Applicants must be in high school or college as of September 2021.

  • High school students are in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 as of September 2021.
  • College students are pursuing a 2- or 4-year degree at an accredited community college, college or university as of September 2021.

2. Learn About Coaching

Coaching a MATHCOUNTS team is fun and meaningful, but it is also a year-round commitment. Ensure you have a plan to visit the school regularly (if you plan to have in-person meetings) and support your team.

The role of a MATHCOUNTS coach is to:

  • ensure the school gets registered
  • hold regular team practices to prepare the students
  • provide logistical and personal support to the team during competition season

Click here to learn more about coaching

3. Choose a School

For you to be eligible for this scholarship, the school where you start and coach a MATHCOUNTS team must meet the following criteria for the 2021-22 school year:

  • Is a US-based public, charter or private school that serves students in grades 6-8.
  • Receives school-wide Title I funding or is located in a ZIP code where 50% or more of the residents are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx or Native American/Indigenous.
  • Has never competed in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series or hasn't participated since the 2017-2018 school year.

Click here to find resources for starting a program.

"I’ve been involved in MATHCOUNTS for the past six years. As a competitor, I am inspired and supported by the people I meet. As a coach, I inspire and support younger students as they develop both mathematical ability and personal character."
-Elaine L., FL (MATHCOUNTS alumna & coach)
How to Apply

Letter of Recommendation

Your application should include a letter of recommendation (uploaded as a PDF or JPEG file) from a MATHCOUNTS coach, teacher, professor or other professional contact who can vouch for your ability to coach a MATHCOUNTS team at an under-resourced school.

Essays

The application includes 3 required essay responses:

  • 200-400 words: Why do you want to be a MATHCOUNTS coach?

  • 500-750 words: Based on your personal experiences and your knowledge of the school where you plan to coach, explain why the school you've chosen would benefit from a MATHCOUNTS Competition Series program.

  • 200-400 words: Please describe your plan, as well as any preparations you've already made (research, conversations with the school or other educators, etc.) to ensure you would be successful in starting a MATHCOUNTS program at an underserved school near you.

Submit Your Application

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021. We will announce the 2022 application deadline in March 2022.

We recommend downloading the application preview before starting the application. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find schools in my area that are eligible?

  1. Visit the National Center for Education Statistics search page.
  2. Check “public schools” from the institutions list (private schools rarely receive Title I funding).
  3. Enter your ZIP Code.
  4. Adjust the distance from ZIP Code as needed to view more schools.
  5. Look for schools that serve students in grades 6, 7 and/or 8.
  6. When you click on a school name in the search results, click on “More information” at the top of the school data page. The school’s Title I status is listed in the “School Details” section of the page. For a school to be eligible for the Community Coaching Scholarship, “Title I School-Wide Program” should be “Yes.”
  7. Send your school or list of schools to [email protected] so we can let you know if they’ve participated in MATHCOUNTS in the past 3 years.

Do I have to contact the school before I apply?

There is no requirement that you contact and get confirmation from your chosen school before applying, but it’s recommended. If you’re chosen as a finalist in July, we’ll need confirmation from your chosen school before advancing you to the second round of review. Contacting the school before applying will also help you answer the following question in the application: “Please describe your plan, as well as any preparations you’ve already made (research, conversations with the school or other educators, etc.) to ensure you would be successful in starting a MATHCOUNTS program at an underserved school near you.”

Can I coach at more than one school?

If you have the time and capacity to coach at more than one school, especially if you're coaching with other people, you are free to explore that option. However, MATHCOUNTS will only be able to provide the free registration, OPLET subscription and MATHCOUNTS Store gift card to one school.

Can I change the school I plan to coach at after applying?

Yes, as long as it meets the eligibility requirements. Please email [email protected] to update us with your new plans.

I'm coaching with other people. Can we apply as a group?

Each applicant must apply as an individual. Different members of the same coaching team are welcome to apply, but each will be judged on their individual application.

Other questions?

Email us at [email protected].