Physics & Astronomy General Scholarship Application -- Undergraduate

Welcome to the Department of Physics & Astronomy General Scholarship application. There are several scholarship opportunities available to current students in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Applications to all opportunities will be evaluated based on a combination of i) academic success, ii) participation in departmental research, teaching, mentoring, and other activities, iii) leadership and engagement in on- or off-campus communities, and iv) need. Thus, students should be sure to address those points in their application materials. Some scholarships have additional criteria or priorities that will require short additional statements as part of the application.

Applicants must be officially-declared Physics or Physics Teaching majors to be eligible for these scholarships (any emphasis). Scholarships are awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year. Students graduating in or before Summer 2024 are not eligible.

P&A Recognition of Academic Excellence (departmental $5000 tuition waivers)
Students must be enrolled in undergraduate courses in the College of Science (including the College of Mines & Earth Science) during the 2024-2025 academic year to use this waiver.

Thomas J. Parmley Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Walter W. Wada Endowed Scholarship
Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for this scholarship.

Preston J. and Phyllis R. Taylor Scholarship
Priority will be given to students who have overcome obstacles on the way to strong academic achievements.

RJ Hoffman Scientific Passion Scholarship
Priority will be given to students with a biomedical physics emphasis or an applied physics emphasis.

Hanson Continuing Education Scholarship in Physics and Astronomy
Priority will be given to students who are among the first generation in their family to attend college.

Students interested in applying for these scholarships must apply here using the General Application.

Applications must be submitted by February 16th, 2023.

Award
Varies
Deadline
02/16/2024
Supplemental Questions
  1. What year in college will you be in for the next academic year?
  2. What is your expected date of graduation?
  3. Please upload a one- to two-page personal statement. Refer to the general description for the evaluation criteria. To speak to those criteria, your personal statement may include information such as: motivation for majoring in Physics & Astronomy, career goals, why you are applying to the scholarship, academic performance and scholarly accomplishments, obstacles you have faced in pursuing your degree, extracurricular activities including any research you've participated in, leadership positions, community service, etc.
  4. Please upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts from all colleges attended. If all courses, including transfer courses, show up on your degree audit, you can upload this instead.
  5. Recommendation 1
  6. Recommendation 2
  7. THIS OPPORTUNITY IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE: If you would like to be considered for the P&A Recognition of Academic Excellence tuition waivers, please confirm that you plan to enroll in undergraduate courses in the College of Science during the 2024-2025 academic year
  8. If you would like to be considered for the Walter W. Wada Endowed Scholarship, please confirm that you have completed the FAFSA this year.
  9. If you would like to be considered for the Preston J. and Phyllis R. Taylor Scholarship, please upload a short (1-2 paragraph) statement describing how you have overcome obstacles on your way to academic achievements.
  10. If you would like to be considered for the RJ Hoffman Scientific Passion Scholarship, please upload a short (3-5 sentence) statement describing your interest in biomedical or applied physics, and plans for your emphasis.
  11. If you would like to be considered for the Hanson Continuing Education Scholarship, please confirm whether you are among the first generation in your family to attend college.
  12. If you would like to be considered for the Outstanding P&A Student Veteran Award, please provide your branch and years of service. Eligible applicants must meet the State of Utah's definition of veteran: an individual who served in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 180 days: on active duty; or in a reserve component, including the National Guard; or incurred an actual service-related injury or disability while in the Armed Forces regardless of time served; and separated or retired under honorable or general conditions. (If selected, proof of eligible service will be requested.)
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