College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarships for the Department of Physics 

Please consider donating to one or more of these worthwhile scholarships. To donate please go to the WIU Foundation Office and we thank you for your willingness to support our outstanding students!

Charles R. & Nancy L. Shoemate Scholarship in Physics

Criteria:

  • Physics major with preference to a student pursuing a teaching career in physics
  • Must be a junior class level or a transfer student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate potential to be a leader in the filed and have a commitment to teaching
  • Preference will be given to students who are an underrepresented minority in Physics with financial need and an expressed desire to pursue a teaching career in Physics at the secondary or university level

Terms:

One award is to be given to one student each year. The award amount will be determined by the annual interest earnings on the endowment. The award will be given ½ fall and ½ spring

Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed and recipients will be selected by the Department of Physics Chair in consultation with the Physics Department Faculty Scholarship Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Physics
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 212
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1596

Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by the end of the first week of classes of the fall semester of each academic year

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes

What are the Criteria for Renewal?

The scholarship may be renewable for the senior year if the student continues to make satisfactory progress

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Donald R. Bride Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Declared major in Physics
  • Outstanding student as demonstrated by contribution to the department and/or field of physics

Terms:

Award amount is determined by the annual interest earnings on the endowment

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Physics Scholarship Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Physics
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 212
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1596

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes

What are the Criteria for Renewal?

Student must reapply and enter the applicant pool each year

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Frank E. Rodeffer Scholarship

Criteria:

Undergraduate Scholarship:

  • Primary recipient of this scholarship will be a junior Physics major in good standing with an overall and major GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Preference will be given to students who are an underrepresented minority in Physics with financial need and an expressed desire to pursue a career in the field of Physics.

Terms:

At the discretion of the Physics Faculty Scholarship Committee, this award may be divided between two (2) or more deserving recipients. Award is $1,000 and will be applied to the student's university account, half in the Fall and half in the Spring

Selection Process:

Recipients will be chosen by the Department of Physics Scholarship Selection Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Physics
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 212
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1596

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes

What are the Criteria for Renewal?

This scholarship may be renewable for the senior year if the student continues to make satisfactory progress

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Gladwyn Barrett Fund

Criteria:

Outstanding students in Physics are eligible

Terms:

Award amount(s) vary based on annual interest earnings. Award is applied to the student's university account

Selection Process:

The recipient(s) will be selected by the Department of Physics Faculty Scholarship Selection Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Physics
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 212
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1596

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Peggy J. Rodeffer Scholarship in Physics

Criteria:

Undergraduate Scholarship:

  • The primary recipient of this scholarship will be a junior in good standing with a major in Physics. If there is not an undergraduate student eligible, a graduate student majoring in Physics will be chosen. 
  • Preference will be given to a female student who has an expressed desire to pursue a career in the field of Physics
  • Must have an overall and major GPA of 3.0 or higher

Terms:

At the discretion of the Physics Faculty Scholarship Committee, this award may be divided between two (2) or more deserving recipients. Award is $1,000 annually, $500 awarded in the Fall semester and $500 awarded in the Spring semester to assist with the students expenses. The Department may elect to apply the scholarship to the student's university account or direct deposit to the student's designated bank account.

Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed and recipients will be selected by the Department of Physics Chair in consultation with the Physics Department Faculty Scholarship Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Physics
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 212
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1596

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes

What are the Criteria for Renewal?

This scholarship may be renewable if the student continues to make satisfactory progress

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Physics Graduate Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Graduate student
  • Declared major in Physics
  • Demonstrated contribution to the field of Physics and/or the department

Terms:

Award amount is determined by the Department of Physics

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Physics Scholarship Committee

Applications:

Students are nominated by a Department of Physics faculty 

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Physics
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 212
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1596

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Physics New Freshman Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Declared major in Physics
  • Outstanding high school academic record

Terms:

Award amount is $500

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Physics Scholarship Committee

Applications:

All freshman physics majors are considered

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Physics
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 212
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1596

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Physics Scholars Award

Criteria:

  • Declared major in Physics
  • Demonstrated contribution to the field of Physics and/or the department

Terms:

Award amount is determined by the Department of Physics. Monetary disbursements will be sent to the Scholarship Office via the online scholarship disbursement form

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Physics Scholarship Committee

Applications:

Students must be nominated by a Department of Physics faculty member

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Physics
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 212
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1596

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Roger & Jean Morrow Physics Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Declared major in Physics
  • Demonstrated potential to make a contribution to the overall advancement of the science of Physics
  • Preference given to a student wishing to teach Physics
  • GPA may be considered

Terms:

Award amount is determined by the annual interest earnings on the endowment

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Physics Scholarship Committee

Applications:

Students must be nominated by a Department of Physics faculty member

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Physics
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 212
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1596

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes

What are the Criteria for Renewal?

Student must reapply and enter the applicant pool each year

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Walter Eller Physics Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Declared major in Physics
  • Enrolled full-time
  • Preference to a student with a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA
  • Preference to a junior
  • Demonstrated extracurricular contributions to the Department of Physics and WIU

Terms:

Award amount is determined by the annual interest earnings on the endowment

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Physics Scholarship Committee

Applications:

Students must be nominated by a Department of Physics faculty member

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Physics
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 212
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1596

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes

What are the Criteria for Renewal?

Students can be nominated by a faculty member each academic year

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