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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Scholarships and Awards

There are a number of scholarship and award opportunities available to undergraduate students in WVU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, 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!

The deadline for submissions for 2018 is April 5, 2018 – applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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


CPHYS Scholarship (note: available for high school seniors and current WVU students)

What it is – [See this webpage to read the details]. The West Virginia University Department of Physics and Astronomy, with the support of the National Science Foundation, is pleased to announce the CPHYS Computational Physics Scholarship Program to support individuals pursuing a Physics degree with a Computational Physics Area of Emphasis. The CPHYS Scholarship is a scholarship program that provides up to $10,000 per year to physics students at West Virginia University. The scholarship may be awarded to high school seniors applying to WVU and to current physics students at WVU. The goal of the program is to increase the number of West Virginians pursuing high tech careers in physics and computer science.

William E. & Bonniegail Kucan Coleman Research Scholarship

What it is – This endowment shall provide undergraduate scholarships for students enrolled at WVU as pre-majors or majors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy or the Department of Chemistry and participating in ongoing research with an Eberly College faculty member in one of the University designated Research Trust Fund initiatives: energy and environmental sciences; nanotechnology and material science; or biological, biotechnological, and biomedical sciences. Recipients shall demonstrate academic promise. A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration any other year.

Scholarship information –Funds shall be awarded in the name of the William E. & Bonniegail Kucan Coleman Research Scholarship. 

Eligibility – Preference will be given to West Virginia residents and financial need

Robert T. Bruhn Research Award and Research Trust Fund Bruhn Physics Research Award
What it is – Funding to support the research effort of a graduate or undergraduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in nanotechnology and material science
Eligibility – Currently enrolled undergraduate student in physics and astronomy, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester

Benjamin James Galford Research Scholarship and Research Trust Fund Galford Memorial 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 and Astronomy, is the Chief Scientific Advisor for Halliburton Company.
Eligibility – (1) Currently enrolled undergraduate Physics and Astronomy majors who will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester. (2) Participating in ongoing research with a member of the Physics and Astronomy faculty. (3) US citizen. (4) In good academic standing at WVU. (5) First preference is given to residents of Lewis County, WV.

Oleg D. and Valentina P. Jefimenko Physics Scholarship
What it is – For undergraduate Physics and Astronomy majors demonstrating academic promise and financial need
Eligibility – Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy major, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester, has financial need (will communicate with WVU Office of Student Financial Aid)

Ratna and Vaman Naik Endowed Physics Scholarship
What it is – For undergraduate Physics and Astronomy majors based on academic merit and financial need. First preference will be given to West Virginia residents who are rising juniors; however, rising sophomores or seniors may also receive consideration.
Scholarship Information – Funds shall be awarded in the name of the Ratna and Vaman Naik Endowed Physics Scholarship.
Eligibility – Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy major, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester, has financial need (will communicate with WVU Office of Student Financial Aid)

Ramana, Sumitra & Shampa Reddy Scholarship IHO Philip Stark

What it is – For undergraduate Physics and Astronomy 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 – Endowment income is to be used in the College of Arts and Sciences in equal portions to support the Ramana, Sumitra and Shampa Reddy and Donald Butcher Scholarship in the Department of Statistics and Computer Science and the Ramana, Sumitra and Shampa Reddy and Philip Stark Scholarship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. 

Elegibility  –The recipients shall be undergraduate majors in Computer Science and Physics, respectively and selected based on academic merit and financial need. First preference will normally be given to West Virginia residents who are rising juniors; however, rising sophomores may also receive consideration. All scholarships will be awarded following consultation with the Office of Financial Aid to determine eligibility of the recipients.

Edmund A. and Rose C. Rotter Scholarship
What it is – Student scholarship aid for rising juniors or seniors who are either Physics and Astronomy 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)

O. Rex Ford Scholarship for Physics

What it is – This scholarship recognizes high grades by physics/astronomy majors. 

Eligibility – This scholarship may be awarded to undergraduate or graduate physics majors (or pre-majors) who have a 3.5 or greater cumulative GPA.


Outstanding Senior Award

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

Download this application to apply for Physics and Astronomy 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