Mathematics competition

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

The mathematics department has held an annual Mathematics Competition — with cash prizes, scholarship eligibility and bragging rights on the line — for high school students since 2002.

The contest is open to any high school student. In 2015, the 14th annual contest brought 62 high school students to Bluffton's campus. (No contest was held in 2016.) Scholarship offers from each competition will be extended by the following January.

Cash prizes
  • $40 each to top two scores overall
  • $20 and $15 to first and second seniors
  • $20 and $15 to first and second juniors
  • $20 to the top sophomore
  • $20 to the top first-year student
  • $15 to the second place sophomore or first year
  • $10 each to all other students in the top 15

Note: Award amounts are not added together. If, for example, a senior has the top score overall, then she or he will receive $40, and the second place senior will receive $15 (unless he or she had the second-place score overall).


In addition to the cash prizes, $500 and $1,000 Bluffton University scholarships (renewable for four years) will be offered to seniors with high contest scores. Scholarship awards for the 2017 contest will be offered by January 2018.

Tentative schedule

9 a.m. Registration and refreshments
Stutzman Lecture Hall (main floor of Centennial Hall)
9:30 a.m. Welcome/Introductions/Announcements
9:40 a.m. Admissions presentation
10 a.m. Competition (students)
Discussion (teachers and parents)
11 a.m. Break
11:10 a.m. Mathematics presentation
Stutzman Lecture Hall 
Noon Lunch - cash prizes awarded
after lunch Optional activities: Campus tours, home football game vs. Earlham
Contact Duane Bollenbacher at to schedule a campus tour and/or for complimentary game tickets.