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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
Current Undergraduate Students

Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduates

Endowed Scholarships through our Department of Physics

Merit and Need-based Scholarship Awards

Several merit and need-based scholarship awards are available for you as undergraduate physics & engineering physics major at any level:

  • The Bezdek Scholarship Fund
  • The Horace Coburn Physics Endowed Fund
  • The Albert and Mabel Burris Physics Fellowship
  • The Marc Miller & Velma McClellan Memorial Fund
  • The Leon J. and Barbara W. Radziemski Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship
  • The Gilbert L. and Dolores C. Cano Endowed Physics Scholarship
  • The Gale A. Harvey Endowed Scholarship

These scholarships typically range from $500/year to $1,000/year , although in very exceptional cases they can be higher. You can apply for these scholarships every year. Female and minority students are especially encouraged to apply for all scholarships.

    Applications from incoming freshmen should include
  • copies of high school transcript
  • ACT or SAT score
  • letters of recommendation from at least two high school teachers familiar with your science and math interests.
  • copy of financial aid (FAFSA) letter, if you are eligible for financial aid

    Applications from continuing UG students should include
  • your current GPA
  • recommendation of a physics faculty member
  • copy of financial aid (FAFSA) letter, if you are eligible for financial aid

For full consideration, applications should be received before January 31. Students need to submit only one application for consideration for all these scholarships. For questions please contact our Undergraduate Program Head.

The H.Bartel & Doris Williams Memorial Awards

which also typically range from $500/year to $1,000/year, are for students who have demonstrated unusual promise, aptitude and interest in experimental physics. Letters of recommendation for incoming freshmen should come from high school teachers familiar with the studentís interest in experimentation (relevant activities might include participation in science fairs, building electronic equipment, etc.). Non-Freshmen applicants for the H.Bartel & D.Williams awards should provide evidence in the form of letters of recommendation from lab instructors or research advisors.

For full consideration, applications should be received before January 31. For questions please contact our Undergraduate Program Head.

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Noyce Scholarships (for Future High School Teachers)

For physics majors planning to become high school teachers, the Noyce scholarships ($10,000 annually starting at the Junior level) are available. For details see the Science Teachers Acquired Through New Directions (STAND-NM) brochure.

The application includes a student application and a faculty recommendation form.

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Scholarships for Engineering Physics Students

Engineering physics students are eligible for scholarships through the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering offers awards ranging froom $100 to $5000 per semester and submission of one online application will allow you to be considered for any and all scholarships offered for which you are eligible. You need to reapply every year, even if your scholarship is renewable.

For priority consideration, applications through either Scholar Dollar$ or the College of Engineering application. For questions email

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Scholarships and Financial Aid through NMSU

For information about scholarships for entering freshman as well as current students, go to the Financial Aid website. NMSU offers a wide variety of scholarships some of which are competitive and require an application via Scholar Dollar$ and some of which you are considered automatically for depending on your eligibility status. Please pay special attention to the application deadlines! As an admitted student you can submit the Scholar Dollar$ application starting November 1.

Many scholarships require that you have submitted an application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to be eligible for a scholarship. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is the U.S. department of Educationís application for financial aid. Before you can submit the FAFSA you Ė and in many cases your parents - need to obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the U.S. Department of Education. You can apply for the PIN at

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American Physical Society Minority Scholarship

The American Physical Society offers the APS Minority Scholarship to increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in physics. It provides funding and mentoring to minority physics students to enhance their education and help them prepare for success in various careers.

Eligibility: Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore is eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Award: The award consists of $2000 per year for new minority scholars, and $3000 per year for renewal students to be used for tuition, room & board, and educational materials. In addition, each student is paired with both a local mentor at their institution, and an APS mentor. These physicist mentors provide support and assistance to the students as they navigate their education and plan for future careers.

For access to the online applicatipon and other information about this scholarship, visit

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Arts and Sciences Scholarships Applications

Arts and Sciences Scholarships Applications now being accepted!

Scholarship Application packets for the College of Arts and Sciences are now available. Packets can be picked up in the Dean.s Office, Breland Hall room 163, the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, Breland Hall room 152, or the Arts and Sciences Scholarship Office, Breland Hall room 362.

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