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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Undergraduate Physics Scholarships and Awards

There are a number of scholarship and award opportunities available to undergraduate students in WVU’s Department of Physics, including a number for students with financial need and students from West Virginia. The list below gives the scholarship name, its intent, the eligibility, and the award. If you are interested in applying, please do the following:

(1) Determine which scholarships and/or awards you are eligible to apply for. You may apply for more than one in a given year on one application.
(2) Scroll beneath the scholarship descriptions and find the application form. Download it, fill it out, and send it to Physics-Scholarships@mail.wvu.edu. Be sure you satisfy the eligibility requirements before completing the application!
(3) Have a letter of reference from a faculty member in Physics sent to Physics-Scholarships@mail.wvu.edu. The deadline for submissions is noon on March 31, 2016 – applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

UNDERGRADUATE PHYSICS SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARD OPPORTUNITIES (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER):

Robert T. Bruhn Research Award
What it is – Funding to support the research effort of a graduate or undergraduate student in the Department of Physics in nanotechnology and material science
Eligibility – Currently enrolled undergraduate student in physics, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester
Award – Approximately $2,000 which must be used to support research activities

Benjamin James Galford Research Scholarship
What it is – Recipients shall be students who are advancing research in energy and environmental sciences, nanotechnology and material science, and biological, biotechnological, and biomedical sciences.
Scholarship Information – This scholarship was established by James Galford in memory of his son, Benjamin Galford. James Galford, a 1974 alumnus of the WVU Department of Physics, is the Chief Scientific Advisor for Halliburton Company.
Eligibility – (1) Currently enrolled undergraduate Physics majors who will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester. (2) Participating in ongoing research with a member of the Physics faculty. (3) US citizen. (4) In good academic standing at WVU. (5) First preference is given to residents of Lewis County, WV.
Award – Approximately $2,500 for Research Scholarship and/or $500 for Research Trust Fund, name on plaque in Department of Physics main office

Joseph T. Galusky Memorial Scholarship
What it is – Award for undergraduate student pursuing Bachelor of Science in Physics at WVU
Scholarship Information – Since 2009, Frances Galusky of Stafford, Arizona, has provided an annual gift to the Eberly College to enable the Department of Physics to award an undergraduate scholarship to a promising physics major in memory of her late husband Joseph Galusky. Joseph graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan with a BS in chemistry and physics, and from WVU with master’s degrees in chemistry and botany. Joseph also attended the University of Wyoming, Montana University, and Notre Dame for advanced studies in chemistry and physics. He worked various jobs to earn money for his college education. During World War II, he proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corp.
Eligibility – Current undergraduate Physics major, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester
Award – Approximately $1,000

Oleg D. and Valentina P. Jefimenko Physics Scholarship
What it is – For undergraduate Physics majors demonstrating academic promise and financial need
Eligibility – Undergraduate Physics major, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester, has financial need (will communicate with WVU Office of Student Financial Aid)
Award – Approximately $1,000 and name on plaque in Department of Physics main office

Ramana, Sumitra, and Shampa Reddy / Philip Stark Scholarship
What it is – For undergraduate Physics majors based on academic merit and financial need. First preference will be given to West Virginia residents who are rising juniors; however, rising sophomores may also receive consideration.
Scholarship Information – This scholarship was established by Drs. Ramana and Sumita Reddy, both WVU graduates and engineering professors, in honor of Dr. Philip Stark, Ramana’s mentor. 
Eligibility – Undergraduate Physics major, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester, has financial need (will communicate with WVU Office of Student Financial Aid)
Award – Approximately $500 and name on plaque in Department of Physics main office

Edmund A. and Rose C. Rotter Scholarship
What it is – Student scholarship aid for rising juniors or seniors who are either Physics majors or in the Physics Education program that are making progress in their academic program and can demonstrate financial need. Preference shall be given to a West Virginian.
Scholarship Information – In 1998, retired WVU physics professor Carl Rotter and his wife, Mary Ann Hayes-Rotter, established this scholarship in honor of his parents. 
Eligibility – Regularly enrolled undergraduate, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester, has financial need (will communicate with WVU Office of Student Financial Aid)
Award – Approximately $500 and Name on plaque in Department of Physics main office

Outstanding Senior Award

What it is – Given to an excellent graduating undergraduate in Physics
Eligibility – Graduating senior in Physics major
Award – Name on plaque in Department of Physics main office
Note – By nomination from Physics Faculty only

Download this application to apply for Physics Undergraduate Student Scholarships and Awards

Email Amanda Dymacek if you are interested in making a donation to start a new scholarship or award

WVU-wide Financial Aid and Scholarships

Please follow this link here: http://eberly.wvu.edu/undergraduate/scholarships