The purpose of this endowed fund is to honor Hunter Baney Barton and to provide scholarships. A scholarship shall be awarded annually to a student who is majoring in Mathematics or Natural Science (alternating years) and who has satisfactorily completed the Junior year. It is the donor’s preference that the recipient be a female student. The student shall demonstrate financial need, and shall be selected by a faculty committee in the respective department.
This endowment funds a scholarship for a continuing student (meaning one who is at least a sophomore, enrolled full time with at least one full year of study remaining) majoring in Mathematics (meaning one who has completed at least nine credits in math courses at PSU) who achieves the highest cumulative grade point average. This award is based on merit alone. Recipients are chosen by a committee. No application process is required.
The purpose of the Paul and Gisela Estes Mathematics Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to two PSU mathematics majors in good academic standing. The donors intend the two scholarships will always be used to further the wider goals and purposes of the Mathematics department and in the best interests of its undergraduate student majors. The two scholarships will be awarded as follows:
The first Paul and Gisela Estes Scholarship in Mathematics shall be awarded to a current, first-year student (to support the sophomore year of study) majoring in mathematics or mathematics education. The recipient shall have demonstrated success in his or her first year math courses by obtaining a minimum of a 3.25 grade point average in those courses. The scholarship application shall require a short essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the mathematics major, his or her mathematics career goals, and his or her involvement departmental, campus and/or community service. The recipient may be selected in the spring of the student’s first year but will be contingent on the recipient’s mathematics grade point average at the completion of his or her first year. Application
The second Paul and Gisela Estes Scholarship in Mathematics shall be awarded to a current junior mathematics or mathematics education major (to support the senior year of study) who has maintained at least a 3.25 grade point average in math classes with a preference for students who plan to study abroad and/or have successfully studied a year or more of foreign language at PSU. The scholarship application shall require a short essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the mathematics major, his or her mathematics career goals, and his or her involvement in departmental, campus and/or community service. Application
Geneva was a pilot who became the first woman to pass the federal examination to teach aeronautics. She taught that and other subjects at Plymouth State University for 42 years (from 1924-66). Prior to 1958, under Harold Hyde, Geneva headed the Math and Science division of the University. Then in ’58, departments were created, and Geneva chaired the Math Department.
At the June 1966 Faculty Meeting, she was accorded a standing ovation and was presented a silver bowl by President Hyde. At commencement in 1966, was named Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. Smith Hall, a women’s dormitory which housed 238 females and was named for Geneva, opened in 1968. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University in absentia at the 1983 commencement, shortly before she died.
The Geneva Smith Memorial Mathematics Scholarship honors Geneva’s memory by awarding scholarships to dedicated mathematics majors based on criteria determined by the Math Department chair and faculty. Recipients are chosen by a committee. No application process is required.
* Students who would like to be considered for scholarships that identify financial need as a criteria will need to complete the Federal Financial Aid Application before the March 1 deadline. Academic and Non-Academic Departments offering scholarships collaborate with the Financial Aid Office, therefore, it is imperative that students comply with PSU policy. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further assistance.
A student must be enrolled as a full time student at PSU to be eligible to receive scholarship awards listed on this page.