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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 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 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 or with the parents, 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 "Programs, -> Grants and Scholarships -> Barbara Lotze Scholarship")

APS Minority Scholarship

Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Engineering physics and applied physics majors also welcome to apply.

Opens: November 1
Deadline: February 1

For more information, please vist APS web site

  There are multiple additional scholarships offered by McMurry University. You can learn more about these scholarships here or contact McMurry Financial Aid Office to obtain  more details.

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!