Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Conference Scholarship 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Gates Millennium Scholars

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)


For scholarship information, contact
Salma J. Mahmood
chair of the scholarship committee.

Leona Bounds Cameron Scholarship

The Leona Bounds Cameron Scholarship in Mathematics was established by Charles Edward Roi Cameron on December 27, 2000 in memory of his wife of 62 years. The scholarship will be funded by family and friends. Leona was a diligent worker and an excellent student, picking cotton as a youth and graduating as valedictorian of her high school class in Celina, Texas. She graduated in three years from The College of Industrial Arts, now Texas Women's University, in Denton, Texas. After raising five children, she taught at McAllen High School from 1960 to 1965. During the summers she attended Stanford University, Montclair State College, and Boston College to obtain her masters degree in mathematics. She taught at Pan American University from January 1966 until her retirement in December 1980.

Leona enjoyed many activities besides mathematics including Bible study, sewing, cooking, gardening, and traveling. She followed current events closely and supported conservative politics. She loved to email family and friends and surf the Internet for information and stock investments.

Successful scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.
  • Be a Junior or Senior student enrolled in 12 or more hours at UTRGV including at least one Mathematics course.
  • Be a Mathematics major or minor with preference given to those who have completed the Calculus sequence (Math 1401, 1402, and 2401) and at least one of the four courses: Math 2345, 3304, 4351, or 4357.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be of high moral character based on letters of reference.

Applications are being accepted until February 15. Awards will be made for Fall semesters and are renewable for Spring semesters contingent on the recipient maintaining qualifications. 

Sidney S. Draeger Scholarship

The Sidney S. Draeger Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics was established by Helen Draeger in memory of her husband, a long-time faculty member and administrator at the institution now known as The University of Texas-Pan American. Mr. Draeger was a member of the Mathematics Department of Edinburg Junior College in 1947. By 1958 the college had become Pan American College, a four-year institution, and Mr. Draeger was Dean of the School of Technology. In 1966 the Division of Arts and Sciences was established with Mr. Draeger as Head of the Department of Mathematics, a position that he retained until 1976.

An outstanding teacher and administrator, Mr. Draeger was greatly respected by students and colleagues alike. He was influential in the development of the university and of the mathematics department. After his death Mrs. Draeger, together with family and friends, established this scholarship for the benefit of students majoring in mathematics.

Applications for the Draeger scholarship are being accepted until February 15.  Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be enrolled in 12 or more hours at UTRGV
  • Be a junior-level student
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be pursuing an academic program in mathematics

James Petticrew Scholarship

The James W. Petticrew Scholarship was established in March of 1994 by a group of relatives and friends of Dr. Petticrew, who was born in Springfield, Ohio on December 26, 1940 and obtained his Ph.D. in 1969 at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  He worked in public schools and colleges in Indiana and Illinois before coming to the University of Texas-Pan American in 1985.

Dr. Petticrew’s main interest in mathematics was geometry, and during six years at the University of Texas-Pan American he produced several papers and made numerous presentations in collaboration with other faculty in the Department.   Another strong interest of his was computer literacy, which he taught on a regular basis.

Dr. Petticrew’s passion was to collect books, most of them in the area of mathematics.  One of the most remarkable characteristics of his personality is how quickly and deeply he fell in love with the Rio Grande Valley and its people, even though he had lived most of his life in Indiana and Illinois.  When writing his will, Dr. Petticrew's main concerns were to make sure that all his books were donated to the University of Texas-Pan American and that an endowed scholarship was established with some of his estate.  His relatives and friends made sure that this was done for the benefit of UTRGV mathematics students.

Applications for the Fall/Spring Petticrew scholarship are being accepted through February 15.   Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student.
  • Completed the calculus sequence (1401-1402-2401).
  • Completed at least one of the following: 2345, 3304, 4351, 4357.
  • Show promise as a future graduate student in mathematics or science.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
  • Be either mathematics major or minor

Joseph Wiener Scholarship

The Joseph Wiener scholarship in mathematics was established by the Wiener family on August 31, 2001 to honor the memory of Dr. Joseph Wiener.  Joseph Wiener was a world-renowned mathematician specializing in differential, difference, and integral equations.  He graduated first in his class from both high school and university and earned a Doctorate in Mathematics at the age of 25 from the Leningrad State University in Russia.  He was the recipient of numerous grants from prestigious institutions, including the U.S. Army Research Office and NASA.  His research is presently used in such disparate fields as earthquake prediction and space exploration.  Additionally, Dr. Wiener was widely read in classic literature and was fluent in five languages.  A favorite of his students, Dr. Wiener was a dedicated lecturer who strove tirelessly to improve educational opportunities in South Texas during his 22 years of tenure at the University of Texas-Pan American.  As a lecturer and researcher, Dr. Wiener was the recipient of dozens of academic honors, and more than 150 publications, monographs, and books.  He devoted countless hours to helping his students develop their mathematical skills, and served as mentor and counselor to hundreds.