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Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Scholarships

Awards and Scholarship Information

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Scholarships amounts are variable and can depend on financial needs. For more information, please contact the physics department office (509) 335-9532, look through the Admissions page on how to get scholarships, check out our website, or email questions to

Office of Scholarship Services

For more information please contact the physics department office at (509) 335-1698, or check out the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website, or email questions to

Department of Physics Transfer Student Scholarships

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Students transferring to WSU at a sophomore standing or higher are eligible for this award, with the winner expected to declare himself or herself a certified physics major during the first two semesters at WSU. This competitive award is variable and paid out in two equal portions during the academic year. Winners are selected on the basis of their college or community college grade point average and one or two letters of recommendations from college instructors. Contact the Physics and Astronomy office at 509-335-5694 for more information.

Paul and Dian Bender Freshman Physics Scholarship

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This scholarship is intended for students who are planning to major in physics. It is competitive and awarded by the department to an incoming freshman student. Winners are selected using an application process based on high school grade point average, one or two letters of recommendation from high school teachers, and a short statement of interests and goals The deadline for application for the Paul and Dian Bender Scholarship is early spring. The award amount varies and will be awarded in two separate equal portions during the academic year.

Paul Anderson Award for Excellence in Physics Scholarship

Academic excellence and/or exceptional research are the criteria to receive the Paul Anderson Award for Excellence in Physics Scholarship. A cash award is presented to undergraduate physics majors for exceptional academics or research.

Department of Physics Textbook Scholarship

A $100.00 scholarship is awarded to certified physics majors who earn a GPA of B+ (3.30) or better and are enrolled for 12 credits or more during a fall or spring semester, and in the subsequent semester (fall or spring semesters only). They must still be working on their degree work. A various number of these awards are made each semester.