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Math Star Scholarship: learn from stars

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Extraordinary motivation and talent are everywhere, but not everyone gets to develop that talent. Until now.

Do you dream of unlocking your brain’s potential? Want to challenge yourself beyond your limits, coached by incredible people who have been-there-done-that themselves too?

If you are in 6th and 7th grade and are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch in one of our focus cities, you can apply for a life-changing scholarship to LIVE math classes.

Learn From Stars

You'll learn from the largest team of star math coaches in history, who are brilliant at both math and performance. They use our unique technology that makes live video teaching as engaging as Instagram Live, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitch. We've turned Zoom math class into this:

Our star coaches are high school students whose math skills are off the charts. They have excelled in state and national math and science competitions. They love to help others and are at the perfect age to be mentors and role models for 6th and 7th grade students. With performance training from professional comedians, actors, and actresses, they make math class both challenging and fun at the same time.

We talk a lot about our star coaches for good reason; they’re on their own paths to breakout success. The graduates from last year are now students at UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, and University of Pennsylvania. They have big dreams to combat climate change, find cures to rare diseases, and make the world a kinder place.

Professional Leadership

Our star coaches are part of a novel nationwide talent development program for extraordinary math high schoolers, led by Carnegie Mellon University Professor Po-Shen Loh. He has been working alongside the USA's most extraordinary math talent for two decades, ever since he himself was on the USA International Math Olympiad team as a high schooler. He observed the pathway of talent development as he continued his studies at Caltech, Cambridge, and Princeton, and later as the national coach of the USA International Math Olympiad team.

Program

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Algebra Basics

Students will meet for one hour twice a week for 10 weeks with an expectation to attend and participate in all of the classes. Thanks to generous donors, accepted students will receive 90%-off scholarships to our classes. The remaining cost is $2/hour for each of our scholars. There will also be fun in-person events planned for each regional cohort.

This intensive immersion experience is designed to be transformative and fun. We designed the curriculum to align with the most prestigious middle school math competitions in the USA, like MATHCOUNTS, AMC 8, and Mathleague.org. Students will learn topics that have been specially designed for extracurricular math competitions, and will prepare them for advanced high school math classes and beyond. Click on the icon above to see the topics covered in class.

Focus Cities

Community, trust, and personal relationships are the cornerstone of coaching excellence. Our scholarship program is organized around regional cohorts. Each cohort consists of about 25 students in 6th or 7th grade, coming from 4 to 5 partner schools. Students from these schools are eligible to apply for the scholarship program:

Baltimore
  • Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys
  • Lillie May Carroll Jackson School
  • Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
  • James McHenry Elementary/Middle School
Trenton/Camden/Philadelphia
  • STEMCivics
We expect to add New York City this year.

Apply

Everyone is busy, so the application process is straightforward. Each teacher may nominate as many students as they wish by writing a few sentences about their math skills and their motivation to learn.

After that, each nominated student should also submit an application below, where they will solve some math problems and explain why they’re interested in this opportunity.

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Contact Us

If you have questions about this opportunity, or would like to contribute to opening a new regional scholarship hub, please email us at scholarship@poshenloh.com. Two types of resources are helpful: financial support for scholarships, and relationships with community organizations that work with underserved youth.