Physics Scholarships

Institutional Awards

Cardinal Science Scholars
In addition to a merit scholarship through this NSF-funded program, Cardinal Science Scholars have additional opportunities to connect with their faculty and fellow student scholars to explore their academic and professional interests.
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Choose Ohio First STEM Scholars
Ohio residents who are admitted into the Physics and Engineering Physics majors, among others, are elegible for this institutional scholarship. Preference given to low-income, first generation and under represented students.
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Five Cards Experience Fund
Supports our Five Cardinal Experiences, which includes Research & Creative Work, Internships & Professional Experience, Community Engagement, Global & Intercultural Engagement, and Leadership & Citizenship. For more information visit the Five Cards Experience Funding page.

Student Research Fund
Provides funding for laboratory supplies and travel to present the results of research. Visit the Students Research Fund page for more information.

Departmental Fellowships

Haywood Fellowship
John Haywood was an early professor of natural sciences and mathematics and led what was likely the first ever student-faculty research project at Otterbein, observing and analyzing the transit of Venus in 1882. This award fully funds an on-campus summer research experience, or can be applied as a scholarship if an off-campus research project is pursued instead.

McCloy Teaching Fellowship
James H. McCloy was a member of the physics faculty from 1913-1960. A revered teacher, he shaped the department and the university in significant ways. This award recognizes achievement by students pursuing secondary teacher licensure in Physics, and includes special mentoring by alumni teachers, paid on-campus teaching experiences, and membership in professional societies related to physics education (AAPT, NSTA).

Awards that Recognize Student Achievement

Otterbein Academic Awards
Awarded to student(s) in each class year who have a demonstrated record of ability and professional promise:

  • Isaac Newton Award
    Given for outstanding performance in general physics.
  • Enrico Fermi Award
    Given to the outstanding graduating senior in physics or engineering physics.