Change the world through math

The Jack Byrne Scholars program is an elite honor for Dartmouth students who are interested in solving the complex problems of the world through math. In honor of her late husband, insurance executive and philanthropist John J. (Jack) Byrne Jr., Dorothy Byrne has committed $20 million to help Dartmouth attract and support the finest math students and professors. The gift includes naming eight Dartmouth first-year students per class as Byrne Scholars. Each Byrne Scholar will:

  • Receive an academic enrichment grant of $5000 for use during his or her leave term (up to three terms, totaling $15,000).
  • Study among a faculty of professors who are committed to using applied mathematics to build solutions to today’s challenges.
  • Receive generous financial-aid scholarships, if eligible. (All students, regardless of need, are eligible to be named Byrne Scholars.)
  • Join a community of Byrne Scholars who provide mentorship both in and out of the classroom.

With this remarkable gift honoring Jack Byrne, a longtime and beloved benefactor of Dartmouth, the College will attract exceptional new scholars who will apply math to important societal issues, says President Phil Hanlon ’77, himself a mathematician.

Are you interested in becoming a Byrne Scholar? We encourage you to apply to Dartmouth!

All Dartmouth applicants will be considered for this special scholarship. There is no special Byrne Scholar application. Instead, each applicant will need to complete The Common Application. Learn more about applying to Dartmouth here.  We encourage students to include a recommendation from a math teacher/advisor as part of their application.  For further questions about the Byrne Scholars program, please contact Isabel C. Bober (