Each year, the Department of Physics and Astronomy awards scholarships totaling over $35,000 to undergraduate Physics and Astronomy majors. These scholarships are funded by the generous gifts of UNL alumni and friends.

Apply by completing an application (including a FAFSA) with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. The deadline for submission is usually January 15th for new students, March 1 for continuing students, and March 15 for transfer students. All scholarships are awarded based on merit and some consider financial need. You can apply for a scholarship even if you do not qualify for need-based financial aid. Additional information is available from the Department of Physics and Astronomy Scholarships Coordinator, Professor Herman Batelaan, (402) 472-3579, hbatelaan@unl.edu.

Scholarships for Physics and Astronomy Majors

There are many national and international scholarships, awards, and fellowships available to UNL students. The following scholarships are suitable for Physics Majors. To learn more about all these opportunities, visit the Office of Undergraduate Studies—Nationally Competitive Fellowships page.


Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Goldwater scholarships are for sophomores and juniors studying and planning a research career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering. Sophomore scholarship recipients receive $14,000 (over 2 years) and junior scholarship recipients receive $7,000 (for one year only) towards expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Students who are primarily interested in attending Medical school should not apply. This scholarship requires an institutional nomination. Campus Deadline: November 30. National Deadline: early February.
US Department of Homeland Security Scholarship These scholarships are intended for rising juniors and seniors who are expected to graduate within two years of receiving the award. U.S. Citizenship is required. Only students majoring in physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences including science policy, engineering, mathematics, or computer science are considered. Students must have career and employment goals aligned with the mission and objectives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. There is a monthly stipend of $1000/month for 9 months and full tuition and fees are paid. Appointments are for one year with renewal for one additional year. There is a required Practicum (Research Internship) at a DHS-designated facility. It is expected that this research experience will occur during the summer, but could occur during the academic term. During the research internship, the stipend will increase to $500/week and you will be paid one round-trip travel allowance. This scholarship is for undergraduate or graduate study. Deadline: Mid-February.
John E. Almy Scholarship Given by Amy C. Almy, the wife of John E. Almy (M.S. 1897), in 1944 to commemorate her husband´s life and achievements as professor of physics at UNL. The scholarship "shall be awarded to a student pursuing work in the Department of Physics providing said student has satisfactorily completed one academic year of college work and further providing that said student displays marked ability and promise of success."
The R. M., S. M., and A. M. Eddy Scholarship Established in 2003 by alumnus Stephan M. Eddy (B.S. 1978) in honor of his wife Elizabeth and his father, to assist deserving physics students.
U. S. Harkson Foundation Scholarship Established in 1963 by the U. S. Harkson Foundation, which was set up by Ulysses S. Harkson, a 1916 engineering graduate of the university. "Recipients of the scholarships shall be Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate Students who are qualified academically, are of good moral character, show promise in their chosen field, are worthy of financial assistance, and preference shall be given to those preparing to teach engineering or other sciences."
Edward J. Hirsch Scholarship Established in 1988 by Henry Pascale as "a tangible tribute to Mr. Hirsch for his many years of excellent service to the Foundation and the University." Edward J. Hirsch worked for many years at the UN Foundation, where he was Vice President at the time of his retirement. This scholarship is designated for financially needy students who have ability in the natural sciences and humanities.
Banti and Mela Ram Jaswal Scholarship Established in 2000 by Professor Sitaram Jaswal, UNL Department of Physics and Astronomy, in honor of his parents Banti and Mela Ram Jaswal, to assist deserving UNL physics students.
Cheunjit Katkanant Memorial Scholarship Established in 2002 by alumnus Vanvilai Katkanant (M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1983) in honor of her mother Cheunjit Katkanant, to assist deserving UNL physics students. Dr. Katkanant also has the distinction of being the first woman to to earn a Ph.D. in Physics at UNL.
Henry H. Marvin Memorial Scholarship Established in 1954 by Mrs. Henry H. Marvin, whose husband was for many years a professor of physics in the Department. "Recipients of the scholarships shall be regularly enrolled undergraduate students at UNL who have proven their ability to do satisfactory college work and who are worthy of financial assistance, but in the selection of the recipients preference should be given to those majoring in physics."
Kurt Meyer Physics Scholarship Established in 2002 by alumnus Kurt Meyer (B.S. 1988) , to assist deserving UNL physics students.
Physics and Astronomy Alumni Scholarships Established in Fall 1984 by Anthony F. Starace, Department Chair, as an endowment with funds donated by numerous alumni and Department staff. Annual Department fund-raising drives continually augment the endowment principal. Preference for these scholarships is for entering freshman physics and astronomy majors.
Joel Stebbins Fund Scholarship Established in 1968 by the estate of Millicent Stebbins in memory of her brother. This scholarship is preferentially "for the purpose of assisting deserving students of UNL specializing in astronomy or mathematics."
Elbridge and Mary Stowell Scholarship Fund Established in 1999 by the estate of Elbridge (M.S. 1923) and Mary Stowell, to assist deserving UNL physics students.