Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Physics at Western Michigan University offers a variety of scholarships and awards for undergraduate students.

Donors may designate gifts in support of many of our scholarship programs.

Presidential Scholar

Each year, the Department of Physics names one outstanding graduating physics major as its Presidential Scholar. The recipient is recognized at a dinner hosted by the presidents of Western Michigan University and the Faculty Senate.

Haym Kruglak Student Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Haym Kruglak was a WMU professor of physics from 1954-77. He established this fund to recognize a senior physics with secondary education major who demonstrates outstanding effort in practice teaching.

Nathan L. Nichols Physics Scholarship

Dr. Nathan Nichols was a WMU professor of physics from 1955-80. This scholarship was established by his family and friends to recognize high-achieving physics majors. Students may reapply each year.

Applicants must be declared physics majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must be enrolled in the following fall semester. In mid-January, physics majors will receive an emailed invitation to apply.  Application deadline is March 1.  

Paul Rood Physics Scholarship

Dr. Paul Rood was chair of the WMU Department of Physics from 1944-64 and a professor here for 48 years. Established through a generous gift from the Rood family, these scholarships are awarded to outstanding physics students. Students may reapply each year.

Applicants must be declared physics majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who will be enrolled in the following fall semester. In mid-January, physics majors will receive an emailed invitation to apply.  Application deadline is March 1.  

Charles J. Wilcox Memorial Award
(part of the department of physics quasi endowment)

Made possible by donations from family and friends in memory of former graduate student Charles Wilcox, this award is given annually to an outstanding graduating physics major at WMU.

Physics course awards

Physics award recipient with Dr. Kirk KoristaThe Department of Physics recognizes students in its introductory courses with a congratulatory letter and popular science book awarded to the top performer in each section of PHYS 1000, 1010, 1020, 1040, 1060, 1070, 1130, 1150, 2050, 2070, and 3090 in the fall and spring semesters. It is not necessary to be a physics major to be eligible.

College of Arts and Sciences International Study Scholarships

The WMU College of Arts and Sciences invites qualified undergraduates to apply for funds to help support their study abroad experience. See the College of Arts and Sciences scholarship page for an application and more information.

Other financial aid

Please check the Office of Financial Aid for additional awards.