Scholarships for Physics Majors

Scholarship Options

If you are an incoming physics student you can apply for the Physics Merit Scholarship. For upper level students there are several scholarships available. For more information, expand the item below.

Research Fund

The department has also a fund to support students in research. We use this, for example, to support summer students, to subsidize travel cost to conferences, or to compensate transportation expenses for students who do research at a nearby national lab (Fermilab and Argonne National Labs). For more information about how to apply for this fund, please contact the department chair at


Outside Scholarships

Several students have successfully applied for outside scholarships and grants. We are always willing to help you to prepare your application for these outside sources.


Several of our students have received scholarships through the Rolling Thunder ROTC program. More information about the ROTC Scholarships can be found at the ROTC page.  

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teacher Scholarship

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering 50 scholarships of $5,000 each to students actively pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school.  More >>

SMART Scholarship

The Department of Defense is proud to offer scholarships and post-graduation career opportunities to our nation's research leaders of tomorrow. More >>

American Physical Society Minority Scholarship

The American Physical Society Committee on Minorities in Physics has created this scholarship program for minority undergraduate physics majors. The purpose of this program is to significantly increase the level of underrepresented minority participation in physics in the United States. Underrepresented minorities in this context are defined as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. 

Each scholarship consists of $2,000 for new students and $3,000 for renewal students for tuition, room, board or educational materials. More >>

BluePay STEM Scholarship

Payment processing is already driven and enabled by technology. Successful execution in the future of payments requires educated minds that focus on both business goals and cutting-edge innovation. As an industry leader, BluePay is continuing our support of students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

Each scholarship is $1,000 (1 winner), with $250 for (2 runner ups). More >>