Winning a scholarship will give you a huge sense of achievement and the confidence to become a teacher. Better still, it will help you stand out when applying for teaching posts in the future.
So, what makes a scholarship winner?
You can be any age… like Rob and Ruth, but you must want to teach maths!
Rob is 36 and after gaining a 2.1 in his MEng Engineering Sciences degree at Oxford, joined the finance industry trading equity derivatives. Despite his success in achieving a number of senior roles he never forgot the year he spent teaching in New Zealand after graduating and wanted to join the teaching profession. He says “the last 13 years within the derivatives industry have been a brilliant demonstration of the relevance of simple and complex mathematics in real life; I look forward to bringing this knowledge to the classroom”. Rob will be starting his initial teacher training in the autumn at Kings College London.
Ruth is one of the youngest applicants (she will be 21 next month) and is currently studying for a BSC in Mathematics from the University of Kent where she is predicted to achieve a First. Dr Markus Rosenkranz at Kent said that “she is also very committed to her mission of bringing the beauty and power of mathematics to pupils of various ages and levels”. She is an assistant leader at her local Rainbow unit, for girls aged 5-7, where she draws on her experience as a STEM ambassador to integrate mathematics activities into her time with the girls in a fun way – for example using STIXX machines to create tents and 3D shapes and learning to ring tunes on hand bells using numbers as notes. Ruth has been offered a conditional teacher training place.
There are still opportunities to apply for a £20k Scholarship with the next application round closing on 30th June. For more information click here