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Department Scholarships

These scholarships are made possible by generous donations from alumni, current and former faculty members, and friends of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. More than seventy nine awards have been made over the past 29 years.

1) Ronald D., Harriet T., Loraine J., & Merle M. Miller Scholarship Award: This award consists of a one-year credit of about $1,000 that is applied to the student's tuition and fees. Incoming freshman and transfer students are eligible for this award. Prospective students who specify physics as a major or an area of study on their Ball State application forms and have a combined Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) verbal, math, and written score of 1,500 or above are automatically considered for this award. University applications must be completed by March 1 to be considered for this award. Recipients are eligible for renewal annually, subject to the criteria of this award.

Other Department Scholarships (Formal Applications Required)
Applicants must have declared physics as a major or minor.

2) Irena Mrozowski Scholarship Award: This award consists of a one-year $500 credit that is applied to the student's tuition and fees. Incoming freshmen, transfer, and current Ball State undergraduate students are eligible for this award.

3) Raymond E. Burns and Georgia M. Burns Memorial Scholarship: This award consists of a one-year $500 credit that is applied to the student's tuition and fees. This scholarship is not based on financial need. Incoming freshmen, transfer, and current Ball State undergraduate students are eligible for this award.

4) Alumni, Faculty, and Friends Freshman Scholarship Award: This award consists of a one-year $500 scholarship that is applied to the student's tuition and fees. This award is for incoming freshmen only.

5) Alumni, Faculty, and Friends Undergraduate Scholarship Award: This award consists of a one-year $500 scholarship that is applied to the student's tuition and fees. Incoming freshmen, transfer, and current Ball State undergraduate students are eligible for this award.

In order to receive any of these four (2 - 5) departmental awards, applicants must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class (for incoming freshmen only)
  • have a combined Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) verbal, math, and written score of 1,500 or above
  • have demonstrated outstanding achievement in high school and/or undergraduate science and/or mathematics

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: All applications and supporting materials must be completed and returned by the first Friday of March for consideration for scholarships for the following fall semester.

All applicants:
1) must be currently enrolled at or verify that they have made application to Ball State University for admission
2) must submit 

  • a completed Department of Physics and Astronomy Scholarship Application Form
  • double-spaced, typewritten autobiography, two or three pages in length, with some particular attention to their goals and aspirations in physics or physics teaching and to their financial need
  • a current transcript of high school (for incoming freshman) or college (for transfer or undergraduate Ball State students) grades;

3) should ask at least two school officials (teachers or administrators) to submit confidential letters of recommendation.

SELECTION: Applicants will be automatically considered for all awards for which they are qualified. Final selection will be made on the basis of financial need, academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for academic excellence. The selection committee is composed of three faculty members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the department chairperson, and a representative of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence or inquiries should be addressed to:

Scholarship Committee
C/O Dr. Thomas M. Jordan
Director of Academic Programs
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0505

View Thomas Jordan's profile page for his e-mail address and phone number.

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ball State University
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