Scholarships

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers several scholarships (listed below) to our students that are separate from general university scholarships and are awarded on a competitive basis. These scholarships are available to prospective students as well as current students at EKU. For more information or to apply contact jerry.cook@eku.edu. We strive to keep these scholarships fully endowed but in these uncertain times we must depend on our friends and alumni to help us keep our scholarships fully funded. Any contribution to a scholarship fund will be considered endowment and will not be considered spendable monies and withdrawn. We believe this is a commitment have made to those who support us and we will honor this commitment. If you are able and want to contribute to any of these funds please contact Dr. Cook or university development and they will help with the process.


The Allen Company Scholarship

The Allen Company Scholarships, each in the amount of $1000, are awarded annually to two students in either the Pre-Engineering Program or Dual-Degree Engineering Program. Students of any class standing at Eastern Kentucky University are eligible to receive one of these scholarships. Preference will be given to students from Clark or Madison Counties in Kentucky, and secondarily to students from the larger Central Kentucky region. High school seniors applying must have a composite ACT of 22 or higher and a Math ACT of 25 or higher, or equivalent SAT scores. Students currently enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University, or transferring from another college or university, must have achieved and continue to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 overall, be declared as a Pre-Engineering or Dual-Degree Engineering student at EKU, and must follow the appropriate Pre-Engineering or Dual-Degree Engineering curriculum at EKU. While the primary criterion used to select awardees from eligible students will be academic merit, student need may be used as a criterion for judging the qualifications of the student. The scholarship must be applied to tuition, fees, books, or room and board at Eastern Kentucky University. On a competitive basis, students may receive the scholarship for more than one year.

Applications must be submitted to the Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy no later than February 12 in order to be con¬sidered for a scholarship during the following academic year. All application materials will be kept strictly confidential and will remain the property of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Decisions of the committee are not subject to appeal.


The Karl Kuhn Endowed Scholarship in Physics Teaching

The Karl Kuhn Endowed Scholarship in Physics Teaching in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University will be awarded annually to a student who has chosen physics teaching as a career. The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis and a student holding the scholarship from the previous year will be given preference in any future awards. All interested students must apply for the scholarship on an annual basis. A committee of the tenured and/or tenure-track members of the physics teaching faculty will determine the recipient no later than April 1 for the following academic year. The criteria for selection to receive the Karl Kuhn Endowed Scholarship in Physics Teaching are:

  1. The recipient must fill out an application for the scholarship by the deadline that will be provided during January of each year in the Department of Physics and Astronomy office. The award will be for the following academic year.
  2. The recipient must have a declared major in physics teaching or be in the process of adding a certification in physics teaching to an already existing science or mathematics teaching certification.
  3. The recipient must either be a practicing teacher or be admitted to the teacher education program in the academic year in which the scholarship is to be used.
  4. The recipient must be a full time student at Eastern Kentucky University in good standing during the academic year for which the scholarship is granted.
  5. Preference will be given to upper level students who have shown exceptional ability in the classroom or have demonstrated an aptitude toward teaching.

This scholarship must be applied toward educational expenses incurred as a student at Eastern Kentucky University. One half of the award will be made available to the recipient at the beginning of the fall semester with the remainder available at the beginning of the spring semester unless the recipient is scheduled for December graduation. In that case, the entire award will be made available at the beginning of the fall semester. All application materials will be kept strictly confidential and will remain the property of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Decisions of the selection committee are not subject to appeal.


The Lance Barnett Memorial Scholarship

The Lance Barnett Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded to the physics or engineering 3/2 major who has shown the most improvement in his or her academic career. The award winner should exemplify a model of the conscientious student as shown by academics and service to the college and community. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and must have completed 60 hours toward the degree when the scholarship begins. The scholarship must be applied to tuition, fees, books, or room and board at Eastern Kentucky University.

Applications must be submitted to the Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy no later than March 2 in order to be con¬sidered for a scholarship during the following academic year. All application materials will be kept strictly confidential and will remain the property of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Decisions of the committee are not subject to appeal.


The Physics Faculty & Alumni Scholarship

The Physics Faculty Scholarship in the amount of $250 or more shall be awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior physics or engineering 3/2 major who shows significant academic potential. The award winner should exemplify a model of the conscientious student as shown by academic achievement and service to the college and community. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and must have completed 60 hours toward the degree when the scholarship begins. The scholarship must be applied to tuition, fees, books, or room and board at Eastern Kentucky University.

Applications must be submitted to the Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy no later than February 12 in order to be con¬sidered for a scholarship during the following academic year. All application materials will be kept strictly confidential and will remain the property of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Decisions of the committee are not subject to appeal.


The Ted M. George Scholarship

The Ted M. George Scholarship, with an award of not less than $500 to an individual student, is awarded by the Department of Physics and Astronomy in honor of Dr. Ted M. George, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University from 1964 to 1988. The aim of the program is to assist deserving students of physics and to encourage the levels of academic excellence advocated by Dr. George in his teaching and exemplified in his life. In unusual cases, a second award may be made to a second student for an equal or lesser amount than the first award.

This scholarship must be applied toward educational expenses incurred as a student at Eastern Kentucky University. Eligible students are junior or senior physics ma¬jors (teaching or non-teaching), who will be full-time stu¬dents during the academic year for which the scholarship is granted. One half of the award will be made available to the recipient at the beginning of the fall semester with the remainder available at the beginning of the spring semester unless the recipient is scheduled for December graduation. In that case, the entire award will be made available at the beginning of the fall semester. Recipients are eligible to compete for contin¬uation of the scholarship in follow¬ing years, but preference may be given to students who have not previ¬ously received this scholarship. In selecting the recipients of the scholarship, the evalua¬tion commit¬tee will con¬sider past academic perfor¬mance and the poten¬tial for continued academic success, as well as need. Awardees must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and must have completed 60 semester hours toward their degree when the scholarship begins.

Applications must be submitted to the Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy no later than February 24 in order to be con¬sidered for a scholarship during the following academic year. All application materials will be kept strictly confidential and will remain the property of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Decisions of the committee are not subject to appeal.

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