Math Scholarship Recipient
Erin Rast ’21, from Boulder, Colorado was recently awarded the Christine Fredricks Smith Memorial Scholarship, the College’s most prestigious award exclusively for mathematics majors.
This Scholarship was established through a gift from Professor Emeritus Greg Fredricks in memory of his daughter, who graduated from the College in 1992 and was killed in an airplane crash in 2007.
This need-based Scholarship is awarded annually to a mathematics major with Junior or Senior standing and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.500. The faculty of the Department of Mathematical Sciences select the recipient based on the candidates’ academic abilities and contributions to the life of the Department.
Erin was very appreciative and had this to say:
The Lewis & Clark math community is one of the most welcoming and supportive groups of people that I’ve ever met. I’m proud to be a part of this community and incredibly honored to receive this award. Professor Fredricks helped create a math department that encourages students like me to learn and grow; I am incredibly appreciative for everything he has done and for his generous gift that supports my studies. I’m still amazed and grateful to be acknowledged in this way, and this recognition has given me more confidence in my abilities as a student of mathematics. Every day I am inspired by the new ideas I learn from everyone in the math family. They have given me so much and I hope to pass it on to the next generation of students.