Hai Lin '10 Awarded Math for America Fellowship
Hai Lin ’10 has been awarded a national Math for America fellowship. Lin, a mathematics major, is the first Hamilton student to receive the award. The fellowship provides a full tuition scholarship, annual stipends of up to $100,000 over five years, in addition to a full-time teacher’s salary and mentoring and professional development services.
Founded in 2004, Math for America (MfA) is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve math education in U.S. public secondary schools by recruiting, training and retraining outstanding mathematics teachers. The MfA fellowship is a five-year program where recent college graduates and mid-career professionals commit to teach math in public secondary schools. The program includes one year earning a master’s degree in education and four years of teaching math in public secondary schools.
At Hamilton Lin plays intramural basketball and squash. He participated in Hamilton’s Program in New York City during the fall semester of his junior year. Lin says, “It was during that time that I decided to become a math teacher and came across Math for America's website during a search about math teachers on Google. I then spent the next year gathering resources and preparing myself to apply for this highly competitive program. I am very excited to be accepted into a program that I worked hard to prepare for.”
Lin will be attending Teachers College of Columbia University. After a year or two of teaching at a New York City public school he hopes to coach the school's varsity basketball or handball team.
Lin is a graduate of the High School of Economics and Finance in Manhattan.