Lew Romagnano Math Education & Learning Endowed Scholarship

This fund is established to provide scholarship support to students who share Dr. Romagnano’s passion for mathematics and are studying to become math educators. About Lew Romagnano: Lew was preceded by his father, Alfred Romagnano and is survived by his mother, Charlotte, sister Beth and her husband Jeff, nephews Alan and Michael and cousins Lois, Juliette and Ann. At the time of his death, Lew was a Mathematical Sciences Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Colorado and President of the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He authored a book called Wrestling with Change, Dilemmas of Teaching Real Math and served as Chair of the University Board’s Mathematical Sciences Academic Advisory Committee. For eight summers, he served as Woodrow Wilson Workshop Instructor for teachers of math organized by Princeton University. He inspired and was respected by his colleagues, students and friends. He was active in committees for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and was instrumental in securing grants from the National Science Foundation. Lew was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. In the 70’s and 80’s Lew taught Math and Physics at the Orme School in Arizona and the Thatcher School in California. Lew joined the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences faculty in 1991 and was a prolific writer, presenter, sought-after consultant, and an outstanding teacher. Lew’s passion was equally divided between his daily mathematics and the mathematics education courses that he taught at MSU Denver. He loved helping others, often presenting at professional development workshops, to help educators learn to teach their mathematics courses well. In particular, he was very proud of his extensive work with the Interactive Mathematics Project. He earned his BS in Math from Brooklyn Polytechnic, his MS in Math from Northern Arizona University and his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He loved collegiate wrestling, long distance running and playing guitar. Lew was known for his great sense of humor and love of music – especially from the 70’s and 80’s.

The purpose of this scholarship is to annually benefit mathematics majors at MSU Denver.
• Be a mathematics major
• Have a concentration in math education
• Have completed 60 credit hours
• Have financial need based on FAFSA
• Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater