Governorís Distinguished Mathematics and Science Scholars Award

The Governor's Distinguished Mathematics and Science Scholars Award ("Governor's Math and Science Award") provided a one-time $2,500 scholarship for public high school students who, in addition to receiving the Governor's Scholars Award, attained required scores before December 31, 2002 on authorized:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) exams,
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, or
  • Golden State Exams (GSE).
    (Note: GSE scores must have been earned prior to December 31, 2001.)

To be eligible for a Governor's Math and Science Award students must have:

  • Been enrolled in a California public school for at least twelve continuous months immediately prior to taking the authorized exam. For example, if an exam was taken on May 1, 2001, the student must have been enrolled continuously from May 1, 2000. For the purposes of this requirement, students are considered enrolled in school during official school vacations, including summer vacation, or
  • Earned all qualifying scores on the authorized exam(s) before December 31, 2002.

Governor's Math and Science Award ($2,500)

Students who earned a Governor's Scholars Award and also earned qualifying scores on certain math and science exams prior to December 31, 2002 were eligible to claim an additional $2,500 Governor's Math and Science Award.

Qualifying scores must have been earned on

  • one authorized math exam, and
  • one authorized science exam

Additionally, students must have claimed a Governor's Scholars Award before claiming their Governor's Math and Science Award. Students may have earned qualifying scores in any sequence.

For example, a student could have earned a qualifying science score in 9th grade, earned a qualifying math score in 10th grade and earned a Governor's Scholars Award in 11th grade. The Governor's Scholars Award must have been claimed first.

See the chart below for specific authorized exams and qualifying scores.

Authorized Math and Science Exams and Qualifying Scores

If the student's school offered any one of the AP or IB courses listed below, an eligible score must have been earned on the listed course.

A Golden State Exam (GSE) score could have been substituted for an AP exam score only under the following circumstances:

  • Score was earned before December 31, 2001, and;
  • If the student's school did not offer either AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC course, the student may substitute a High Honors (6) score earned on the GSE High School Math exams and/or;
  • If the student's school did not offer AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics B or Physics C course, the student may substitute a High Honors (6) earned on either the GSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Second-Year Coordinated Science exams.
Math Exam Math Score Science Exam Science Score
AP Calculus AB 5 AP Biology 5
AP Calculus BC 4 or 5 AP Chemistry 5
    AP Physics B 4 or 5
    AP Physics C (BOTH Mechanics
AND Electricity and Magnetism)*
6 or 7
IB Math Methods 6 or 7 IB Biology 6 or 7
IB Higher Math 5, 6 or 7 IB Chemistry 6 or 7
    IB Physics High Honors (6)
GSE High School Math High Honors (6) GSE Biology High Honors (6)
    GSE Chemistry High Honors (6)
    GSE Physics High Honors (6)
    GSE Second Year Coordinated Science High Honors (6)
* A student may have also qualified for the Governor's Math and Science Award using only ONE of the two Physics C exams, Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism, providing a qualifying score of at least 4 was earned prior to December 31, 2001. A student must have also earned the Governor's Scholars Award and a qualifying math score prior to December 31, 2001.

A student must have first successfully claimed a Governor's Scholars Award prior to claiming a Governor's Math and Science Award. Students were responsible for reviewing and comparing their individual test scores (AP, IB, or GSE) to the required scores listed in the Eligibility Criteria and must have achieved both the required math AND science scores prior to claiming a Governor's Math and Science Award. No awards were granted to students for exams taken after December 31, 2002.

The deadline to claim a Governorís Math and Science Award has passed and awards can no longer be claimed.

Awards must have been claimed by the five-year anniversary of the June 30th following the date of the qualifying exam. (see Loss of Scholarship Funds). No awards were granted to students for exams taken after December 31, 2002.

The deadline to claim a Governorís Scholars Award has passed and awards can no longer be claimed.