Physics Scholarships and Awards
The following scholarships and awards are presented annually by the Department to undergraduate physics majors. Physics majors will automatically be considered for all physics scholarships by filling out the brief "General Application" after signing in at the link below. Applications are due March 1st.
DONALD AND MARY JO STANLEY SCHOLARSHIPS
(Usually three awards of $1000 each)
This scholarship was established by Mary Jo Stanley in 1989 in memory of her husband, Donald Stanley. A native of Terre Haute, Mr. Stanley earned a Baccalaureate degree in 1931 and a Master's degree in 1945 from Indiana State. He was a teacher and principal at Fairmount High School prior to accepting a position as a food chemist with Campbell Soup Company. He retired from Campbell Soup in 1973 as Assistant Director of Project Standards. Mrs. Stanley is a native of Peru, Indiana, and was graduated from Chili High School and Central Business College. She was employed as a secretary by Peerless Electric Supply Company for many years, later retiring from the Indiana Employment Security Division after 28 years of service.
Recipients: 2017 - Tyler Jenkins; 2016 - Nathaniel Shanklin; 2015 - Gage Golish, Nathanial Shanklin; 2014 - Justin Coffelt, Nathaniel Shanklin
PHYSICS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
(~$500): Awarded to an outstanding physics major.
Recipients: 2018 - Michael Bennett, Anthony Froehlich, Tyler Jenkins, Ethan McQuillan; 2017 - Tyler Jenkins, Andrew Brisbin, Michael Bennett; 2016 - Michael Giocolo, Tyler Jenkins; 2015 - Arick Gardner, Tanner Latta, Cody McGuire, Christopher Rodgers
JOHN MCCARTHY OUTSTANDING JUNIOR AWARD
(~$200): Awarded to a junior physics major for outstanding academic performance.
Professor McCarthy, a former high school physics teacher and member of the ISU faculty for 27 years, was committed to excellence in teaching. His family and friends, in recognition of his contributions, established the John McCarthy Scholarship Fund to assist a worthy recipient in achieving his/her goals with the same high standard of performance reflected in Professor McCarthy's teaching career.
Recipients: 2018 - Tyler Jenkins; 2016 - Nathaniel Shanklin; 2015 - Christopher Rodgers
GARY ERWIN MEMORIAL AWARD
(~$100-$200): Awarded to a physics major who demonstrates superior performance.
This scholarship fund was established in 1990 in memory of Gary Erwin who died December 18, 1989. It was established by his wife, Barbara, daughters Cyndi and Alexis, family and friends. Gary began his education at Indiana State University in 1964 as one of the first students in pre-engineering. After completing an EE degree at Purdue, he was the first pre-engineering student to become a practicing engineer. Gary returned to ISU during the 1970's and completed a Master of Science degree in Physics. During his career Gary worked in medical research at Fort Knox, Kentucky; he was a production engineer improving cassette tape duplication processes; he designed digital test equipment; and he worked as a production engineer in the computer industry. Gary also taught electronics courses at Ivy Tech in Terre Haute.
Recipients: 2012 - Jason Bonacum
OUTSTANDING GRADUATING SENIOR AWARD
Awarded to the outstanding graduating senior physics major, recognizing his or her accomplishments in physics and contributions to the Department. Each year the recipient is recognized at the College of Arts and Sciences awards ceremony in the spring.
Recipients: 2017 - Nathaniel Shanklin; 2016 - Christopher Rodgers; 2014 - Jason Bonacum
OUTSTANDING PHYSICS TEACHING ASSISTANT
Recipients: 2018 - Tyler Jenkins; 2017 - Nicole Hostetter; 2016 - Tanner Latta; 2015 - Greg Gallagher
BEST STUDENT IN MODERN PHYSICS AWARD
Awarded to a student or students to recognize outstanding academic performance in PHYS 215/216.
Recipients: 2017 - Tyler Jenkins; 2015 - Nicole Hostetter; 2014 - Christopher Rogers
Physics majors will automatically be considered for all physics scholarships by filling out the brief "General Application" after signing in at the link below. Applications are due March 1st.
Eric Glendening, Chairperson
Department of Chemistry and Physics
600 Chestnut Street
Science Building, Room 035
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Office: Science 035
Office: Science 165
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM