For women pursuing a degree in physics, scholarships can be incredibly important. Women have long had a difficult time breaking into various fields, including science, but in recent generations the mold has begun to be shattered. Still, that doesn’t make it any easier for some women to afford a college education.
For most women pursuing a degree in science, such as physics, a bachelor’s degree is not enough. They often have to pursue a master’s and even a Ph.D. in order to excel in their chosen fields. That can be incredibly expensive as the average length of time required for a Ph.D. is nine years from freshman year to completion of the dissertation and its defense.
That’s why scholarships are an important topic to discuss. There are many different scholarships out there for people pursuing degrees in some type of science. When it comes to physics, the education itself can be compounded by the need to pursue other academic avenues, including research and lab work.
Here is a list of a number of different scholarships, some of which are specifically designed for women only. The other scholarships listed here are open to men and women.
Always remember that a scholarship is generally based on merit, though some can be focused more on financial need for assistance.
American Physical Society Minority Scholarship
For minority women, such as African-American, Native American, or Hispanic American, those who are US citizens and are majoring or planning to major in physics, this is a great scholarship to consider.
This particular scholarship is available to high school seniors, college freshmen, and college sophomores. They need to submit a personal statement, pass certain academic aptitude tests, provide their current and official transcript, and also submit to sealed letters of recommendation.
Interested candidates can contact the American Physical Society Minority Scholarship organization by emailing them at email@example.com.
Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Physics Teachers
The deadline for this particular scholarship is December 1 and it is sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). $2,000 is awarded annually to this scholarship fund. In order to qualify, students need to be actively enrolled in any type of curriculum that focuses on physics teacher preparation.
Their college education has to be at an accredited two or four-year university or college in the United States. Students need to be current U.S. citizens, be planning to pursue a career in physics teaching in high school, and be able to exhibit potential success in their studies.
To learn more about this particular scholarship, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program
This is a merit-based scholarship award that was established by Congress to honor Barry M. Goldwater’s 56 years of service as a Congressman for the United States. It can provide up to $7,500 to college students pursuing a career in either mathematics, engineering, or natural science, which can include physics. In order to be eligible for this particular scholarship, students need to be United States citizens, be nominated by an accredited institution, and be able to demonstrate academic excellence in the pursuit of these studies.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program can contact this email: email@example.com.
Benjamin James Galford Research Scholarship
The deadline to apply for this scholarship is February 28 and it’s available at West Virginia University. It is presented every year to undergraduate physics majors who are helping to advance research in a variety of disciplines, including nanotechnology, materials science, biological or biomedical sciences, or environmental sciences.
The amount of the scholarship is $2,500. In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants need to be United States citizens in good academic standing. They also need to be currently participating in ongoing research with a member of the physics faculty.
While not a necessity, preference is given to those students who reside in Lewis County, West Virginia.
Interested candidates can contact the Benjamin James Galford Research Scholarship by emailing them at Physics-Scholarships@mail.wvu.edu.
Sigma Delta Epsilon’s Graduate Women in Science
The sorority Sigma Delta Epsilon offers numerous different grants and fellowships that can total up to $10,000. The goal of these scholarship opportunities is to help advance the role of women in scientific research in any of the natural sciences, including physics.
In order to be considered for this particular scholarship or fellowship opportunity, membership in a Sigma Delta Epsilon sorority is not required, but it is highly recommended. The fellowships are for one year and are not renewable.
Women who are to be considered for this particular financial support me to have earned at least a bachelor’s degree and have shown a history of conducting scientific research. A progress report will be due at the end of the fellowship.
Any women who are interested in learning more about this opportunity should visit their website here.
Fred Hoover Memorial Endowment Scholarship
The deadline to apply for this scholarship made available through Florida International University is March 1. This scholarship honors the first physics major in the original graduating class of this university. It’s provided to an undergraduate full-time student who has declared a physics major.
Students need to have completed at least a minimum of 12 credit hours in physics and/or math courses. They also need to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants also need to submit a one-page essay specifically outlining their career goals in physics.
Any women who are pursuing physics at Florida International University are encouraged to reach out to this organization by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.