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Undergraduate Scholarships

Departmental Scholarships for Undergraduates

Departmental Awards for Undergraduates

College Awards for Undergraduates & Awards

University Scholarships & Awards for Undergraduates

Other Scholarships & Awards



Departmental Scholarships for Undergraduates

Students interested in being considered for the Physics Department Scholarships described below should complete the online application form (linked below) by February 28. Note that the College of Science has  extended the application deadline to March 1 (5:00PM) for the following scholarships: Durrenberger scholarship, Denison-Koehn Scholarship. More details below.


Robert E. and Frances Anderson Scholarship (application deadline: February 28)

This scholarship is in honor of former department chair Robert Anderson.

Criteria and Eligibility:  Major in physics, 3.5 GPA, taking at least 12 hours, and making satisfactory progress toward a degree as determined by the Physics Department Scholarship Committee. For entering freshmen, ACT score of 27 or SAT score of 1150 (in lieu of GPA requirement above).

Award: Two Anderson Scholarships are awarded each year, with a maximum value of $1000 per scholarship (the exact value of each scholarship depends on the funds available from the scholarship endowment). Students who receive this scholarship may apply to renew the scholarship for three additional years as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements above.

Apply for Anderson Scholarship or Anderson Scholarship Renewal here:

Robert E. and Frances Anderson Scholarship Application


Dr. James R. Crawford Scholarship (application deadline: February 28)

This scholarship is in memory of former department chair James Crawford.

Criteria and Eligibility: Continuing undergraduate student (having completed at least one semester at TXST) majoring in physics; selection based on academic achievement, involvement in the department, need, and future academic and career goals.

Award: One Crawford Scholarship is awarded each year with a maximum value of $1000 per scholarship (the exact value of each scholarship depends on the funds available from the scholarship endowment). Students who receive this scholarship may apply to renew the scholarship as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements above.

Apply for Crawford Scholarship or Crawford Scholarship Renewal here:

James R. Crawford Scholarship Application


Griffin Family Scholarship (application deadline: February 28) 

This scholarship is in honor of the parents of Richard Griffin, an alumnus of the physics program at Texas State University.

Criteria and Eligibility:  For a full-time student pursuing a degree in physics at Texas State University. Preference will be given to students based on merit over financial needs. Juniors and seniors that are members of the Society of Physics Students are encouraged to apply.

Apply for the Griffin Family Scholarship here:

Griffin Family Endowed Scholarship Application



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Departmental Awards for Undergraduates

Departmental awards recipients are nominated by physics faculty, selected by the Physics Department Scholarship Committee, and approved by the Physics Department faculty. Recipients are honored at the Physics Award Ceremony each spring.

Students interested in being nominated for the Physics Department Awards described below should contact a member of the Physics Department Scholarship Committee (listed above).


Outstanding Beginning Physics Major

Criteria: Awarded to a physics major who completes the introductory sequence (PHYS 1430, PHYS 2425, and PHYS 2435) in the previous fall or spring semester and demonstrates high scholarship.

Award: A boxed set of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, a $200 award, and an award certificate.


Outstanding Graduating Senior

Criteria: Awarded to a student who graduated or will graduate during the academic year (August through May), and who has demonstrated high scholarship and service.

Award: A $300 award and an award certificate.


Outstanding Learning Assistant Award

Criteria: Awarded to a student who served as an outstanding Physics Learning Assistant in the current academic year.

Award:  A one-year Student Membership to the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) with electronic access to the American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher, an award certificate, and a letter of recognition from AAPT.


Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award

Criteria: Awarded to a student who served as an outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in the current academic year.

Award: A one-year Student Membership to the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) with electronic access to the American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher, an award certificate, and a letter of recognition from AAPT.



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College of Science and Engineering Scholarships & Awards for Undergraduates

The College of Science and Engineering offers several scholarships and awards for undergraduate students, some of which require nomination by the department and some of which students can apply for directly. Most COSE scholarship applications deadlines are February 1st.

For awards requiring departmental nomination, the Physics Department Scholarship Committee selects nominees with input from all physics faculty. Students interested in being nominated for the College of Science and Engineering scholarships and awards described below should contact a member of the Physics Department Scholarship Committee (listed above). Additional information on these awards can be found on the College of Science and Engineering scholarships website.


Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

This award recognizes a College of Science and Engineering undergraduate student who possesses outstanding characteristics in scholarship and service. 

Criteria and Eligibility: Awarded to an Undergraduate student in the College of Science and Engineering whose Texas State GPA is 3.25 or greater, based on 90 hours, of which at least 30 hours are earned at Texas State University, and who exhibits leadership and participation in departmental, college or university activities.

Award: A plaque presented to the student, and a perpetual plaque with the student's name displayed in the Dean's office.

Process: This award requires departmental nomination; nominations are due to the Physics Department Scholarship Committee in mid-January. Application deadline February 1st.


Smith-Willms Scholarship

Criteria and Eligibility: This scholarship will be awarded to a junior undergraduate student majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics to help provide financial support during the senior year.  Nominees will have a record of exceptional academic achievement and will normally have completed three-quarters of the required courses in their major and minor fields.  Special consideration will be given to students who have expressed an interest in graduate studies and in pursuing careers in teaching and research.

Award: A one-time tuition credit of up to $2400 (dependent on endowment) and a plaque.

Process: Nominations for this award are due to the Physics Department Scholarship Committee in early January. Applications deadline is February 1st.


Denison-Koehn Endowed Science Scholarship

Criteria and Eligibility: This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in the College of Science and Engineering to help provide financial support.  Applicants must be full-time students and have a minimum Texas State GPA of 3.00, demonstrate financial need, and not receive other forms of financial aid. Applicants must submit a FAFSA for the award year. In order to receive the award the successful applicant must remain a full-time student in the College of Science and Engineering.

Award: The amount of the award will range from $1000 to $2500, to be credited towards the recipient's tuition/fees.

Process: The application deadline for 2017 has been extended to March 1st 5:00 PM.


Durrenberger Scholarship for Women in Science

Criteria and Eligibility: This scholarship is awarded to women pursuing an undergraduate, master’s, or PhD degree in the College of Science and Engineering. Evidence of excellence to be included in the application packet should include, but is not limited to, an updated CV or resume emphasizing scholarly accomplishments and previous honors, and a statement of personal and professional goals related to how a degree in the sciences may have greater societal impact.

Award: $1000 to $6000, depending on the level of the student.

Process: The application deadline has been extended to March 1st (5:00 PM)


Mariel M. Muir Endowed Science Scholarship

Criteria and Eligibility: This scholarship will be awarded to a junior undergraduate student majoring in the College of Science and Engineering to help provide financial support during the senior year.  Applicants must be full-time students and have a minimum Texas State GPA of 3.60 and at least 30 Texas State hours at the end of the first semester in their junior year.  Besides having a record of exceptional academic achievement, students must have shown a commitment to campus and/or community activities that demonstrates leadership outside the classroom. Students who have previously applied for this Scholarship are not eligible to re-apply. 

Award: $1300 in the senior year.

Process: Candidates apply for the award directly (application form and instructions can be found on the College of Science and Engineering scholarships website); applications are due on February 1st.


Emmie Craddock Scholarship

This scholarship is administered by the Honor's College: $1,500/year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled at Texas State University with a major in Chemistry, English, History, or Physics, OR be an active member of the Honors College. Continuing (currently enrolled) or transfer students who meet the criteria must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher.
  • Recipients are required to maintain an overall and semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher.
  • Applicants must enroll in at least 15 hours per semester.

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicants will be evaluated on:
  • Their past academic achievement, as evidenced by their GPA and letters of recommendation.
  • Their future academic promise (as evidenced in letters of recommendation)

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of online scholarship application.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Please note that letters from high school teachers and counselors are strongly discouraged as letters should reflect your work in college.

For more information check: Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS)



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University Scholarships & Awards for Undergraduates

The Physics Department Scholarship Committee selects departmental nominees for University scholarships and awards, with input from all physics faculty. Students interested in being nominated for the University scholarships and awards described below should contact a member of the Physics Department Scholarship Committee (listed above).


Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award

Criteria and Eligibility: This award, presented annually at the May commencement ceremonies, is based on leadership, scholarship, character, potential, and loyalty to Texas State University. Eligible students include Texas State undergraduate women who graduated or will graduate during the academic year (August through May) they are being nominated.

Process: Faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for the Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award each year between January 1st and January 30th.


Presidential Upper Level Scholarship

The Presidential Upper Level Scholarship Program provides financial assistance and special recognition to a limited number of undergraduate students who have been outstanding in their college work. Each of the eight undergraduate colleges (excluding the Honors College) will be authorized to choose one student per year for the award.

Criteria and Eligibility:  60 or more credits earned by the time the scholarship is funded (fall term). Thirty of the sixty credits must have been earned at Texas State. Academic achievement, as shown by grades and other standards expected and defined by departments, will be the principal criteria for the selection of recipients. Breadth of interests and achievements normally will take precedence over narrow pursuits. Leadership in departmental or school and other activities will be considered important, if they do not detract from academic achievements in classroom-related activities.

Award: $1200, for one year only.

Process: Applications for this award, including three letters of recommendation, are due to the Physics Department Scholarship Committee by February 15. Application forms and additional information can be found on the Academic Affairs website.



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Other Scholarships

Emmie Craddock Scholarship (Honors)

This $1,500 scholarship is awarded annually in honor of Dr. Emmie Craddock. The number of scholarships awarded will depend on funding availability. These scholarship awards are made for the academic year and must be disbursed on a semester basis (half paid in fall, half paid in spring).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Awarded to transfer and continuing (currently enrolled) students.
  • Applicants must be enrolled at Texas State with a major in Chemistry, English, History or Physics, OR be an active member of the Honors College.
  • Continuing (currently enrolled) or transfer students who meet the criteria above must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • Recipients are required to maintain an overall and semester grade point average of 3.5 or above.
  • Applicants must reapply each year and meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Applicants must enroll in at least 15 hours per semester.

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of online application
  • Resume that includes:
    • Awards and honors received
    • Other scholarships awarded (including amounts)
    • Work experience, extracurricular activities and interests
  • Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation. Please note that letters from high school teachers and counselors are strongly discouraged as letters should reflect your work in college.
  • Deadline is March 1.

Selection Process:

  • The scholarship committee will select the best-qualified applicants.

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicants will be evaluated on:
    • Their past academic achievement, as evidenced by their GPA and letters of recommendation.
    • Their active participation in Honors College.
    • Their future academic promise (as evidenced in letters of recommendation).

Summer 2017 Incentive Scholarship Program for new students that are admitted to our graduate programs for Fall-2017:

The Summer 2017 Incentive Scholarships are competitive awards of up to $2,000.  Their purpose is to enable excellent graduate students to make faster progress towards their Texas State University degree through completing course work in the summer.  Specifically, these scholarships are designed for early start students, i.e., students who have been accepted for fall 2017 admission but who are willing to start their degree program in summer 2017.

Terms and Conditions: An award of $2,000 requires enrollment in a minimum of 6 hours of graduate course work at the appropriate level during summer 2017. An award of $1,000 requires enrollment in a minimum of 3 hours of graduate course work at the appropriate level during summer 2017.  Scholarship recipients are expected to be continuously enrolled during the following fall and spring semesters. These scholarships may be awarded to students who have already been awarded support from the University through graduate scholarships, fellowships, or assistantships.  Since these scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis; the recipients qualify for in-state tuition for the summer.

Eligibility:In order to be considered, students must

  • have been admitted to Texas State University for Fall 2017.
  • have at least a 3.0 GPA either in their last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (if they hold only a BA or BS), or have at least a 3.0 in their prior graduate course work (if they hold a master’s degree).

For more information contact: Alex Zakhidov (alex.zakhidov@txstate.edu) or Wim Geerts (wjgeerts@txstate.edu)


LBJ Outstanding Senior Award is given annually by the Alumni Association to a student as recognition for outstanding leadership, character, campus and community involvement, and academic success. Recipients must be candidates for graduation in May of the year that the award is conferred or have graduated the previous August or December. The recipient is recognized at the May commencement ceremony and receives a $1,500 stipend. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 5:00 Pm CST.

For more information: online nomination