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Scholarships for Physics Majors

This page contains a few of the scholarships that are available for physics majors at McMurry. If you would like more information, please follow the weblinks or contact the Financial Aid Office.

Ward-Bottom (Sponsor: McMurry Alumnus)
For physics majors from small Texas towns.
Lotze Scholarship For Future Physics Teachers

Virgil E. Bottom Memorial (Sponsor: Dr. Bottom's Children)
For a Physics or Math major at McMurry
Nolle Scholarship or Benedict Fellowship
For seniors in Alkpha Chi Honors Society
Scholarship Search Engines

Ward-Bottom Scholarship for Physics Majors

Due to the generous gift of a McMurry physics graduate, Mr. Roger Ward, retired President of Quartzdyne, Inc., and his wife, Kim, we are now able to offer the Ward-Bottom Physics Scholarship. This scholarship will cover 50% of the expenses related to attending McMurry University and will fund each recipient through their tenure at McMurry.

The requirements are that the student

  • must major in physics,
  • must be from a Texas town with a population less than 50,000 people,
  • must live on campus, and
  • must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Tikhon Bykov
Department of Physics
McMurry University
McM Station, Box 38
Abilene, TX 79697

Phone: 325-793-4875

Virgil E. Bottom Memorial Scholarship for Physics or Math Majors

The sons of Dr. and Mrs. Virgil E. Bottom established this scholarship in memory of their father, who was a professor of Physics at McMurry University from 1958 to 1973 to provide financial assistance to qualified students pursuing an education at McMurry University.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Financial Aid
McMurry University
McM Station, Box 908
Abilene, TX 79697

Phone: (325) 793-4713
or (800) 460-2392 Ext: 4713

AAPT Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Physics Teachers

The Executive Board of the American Association of Physics Teachers is pleased to administer the Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers. This scholarship is funded by the Barbara Lotze Endowment for the Advancement of Physics Education in the United States and is intended to encourage students to become well prepared high school physics teachers. Successful applicants, normally one per year, will receive stipends of $2,000.  Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers.

Applicants must declare their intent to prepare for, and engage in, a career in physics teaching at the high school level and must, at the time the scholarship funds are received by the student, be:
  • enrolled in an accredited two-year college, four-year college or a university or a high school senior accepted for such enrollment.
  • pursuing, or planning to pursue, a course of study leading toward a career in physics teaching in the high schools.
  • showing promise of success in their studies, and
  • a citizen of the United States of America.
All applicants will be given full consideration without regard to gender, race, color, creed or ethnic origin. It is a stipulation of the grant that, all other considerations being equal, an applicant from Allegheny College is to be given preference. The scholarship may be awarded to the same individual more than one, but no more than four, years. Awardee will need to re-apply in order to be considered for additional awards.
Applications will be accepted at any time and will be considered for recommendation to the Executive Board at the time of each AAPT winter meeting. Applications for which all materials, including letters of recommendation, have been received by the chair on or before December 1 will be considered for recommendation at the immediately following winter meeting of the Executive Board.

Application materials are available online, or may be requested from:

Programs Department
American Association of Physics Teachers
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740

Phone: (301) 209-3344
Fax: (301) 209-0845

(Click "Grants, Competitions & Awards -> Grants and Scholarships -> Barbara Lotze Scholarship")

Nolle Scholarship and Benedict Fellowships for seniors in the Alpha Chi Honors Society

One of the benefits to being in the honors society is that people want to help you realize your potential.  Alpha Chi members can compete for Nolle Scholarships ($1500, granted in your senior year) or Benedict Fellowships ($2500 granted to seniors for use in graduate school).  The winners are chosen from submissions of research papers, creative writing, paintings (and analogous work), music projects, drama recorded on video, or other media projects.

You must be a member of Alpha Chi to compete for this scholarship.
For more information, please contact

Dr. William Short
Department of Modern Languages
McMurry University
McMurry Station, Box 27
Abilene, TX 79697
Phone: (325) 793-4660

Links to search Engines to find your own scholarship

A Google gave a list of scholarship search webpages that was too extensive to reproduce here. Please find your own. By doing a search, you can find scholarships that are specific to your background or interests.

Good luck!

1/26/08 Updated Ward-Bottom hometown population requirement. WK.
8/17/07 Update format, links, and contact info. WK.
12/18/02: Additional Scholarships added by JC.
1/10/01: Color Scheme updated by JC.
9/22/00:  Added Links to Incoming and Brochure by Joseph Christensen.
1/15/98: Created Page by Richard Thompson.


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