The Physics Department at the University of Northern Iowa offers the personalized atmosphere of a private liberal arts college with the opportunities of an affordable public institution. Physics students enjoy small class sizes and wide-ranging research opportunities, all in a state-of-the-art physics building. Additionally, the University of Northern Iowa has a large number of scholarships for new and returning students. Search for scholarships here and then apply using the UNI Scholarship Application by January 15. Apply for as many scholarships as you are qualified to increase your chances of success.
Scholarships for New Freshman include:
Scholarships Awarded on Admission to UNI
Distinguished Scholar Award
- Renewable for four years with a college GPA of 3.0 or above
- $1,000, $1500 or $2,000
- Must be Iowa resident and new graduate from an Iowa high school
- $2000 award: High school GPA 3.7–4.0 and ACT composite 27–36.
- $1500 award: High school GPA 3.5–3.6 and ACT composite 25–26.
- $1000 award: High school GPA 3.3–3.4 and ACT composite 23–24.
Scholarships for Which an Application is Required
Apply on-line from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/scholarship “UNI Scholarship Application.” Make sure you apply!
The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (CHAS) Scholarship provides approximately $8,000 per year for 4 years to incoming physics students.
The McKay Scholarship provides approximately $1,300 per year for 2 years to incoming physics students.
The Jordan Mentor-Student Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for two years to incoming physics students.
The Dostal Scholarship provides $1,500 per year for two years to incoming physics students.
Selection Timeline: UNI Scholarship Application due January 15. Contact the Physics Department (215 Begeman, 319-273-2420) if you have questions. Make sure you check “Physics” on your online scholarship application—otherwise your application might not arrive at the Physics Department.
The awards are $8000 per year for 4 years ($32,000 total).
- ACT composite of 29 or above (SAT-CR&M of 1280 or above) and top 10% high school class rank
- or RAI of 335 or above
Applications must be submitted using the UNI Scholarship Application.
Finalists for Presidential Scholarships will be invited for a campus interview during UNI UpClose in February.
Presidential Scholarships awards will be announced.
Other Scholarships include:
College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Scholarships
College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (CHAS) scholarships and awards are available to both incoming UNI students (first-year and transfer students) and current UNI students.
The Grossman-Perrine Scholarship honors Dr. J. O. Perrine, a former UNI physics professor, and Mr. Eugene Grossman, a physics student from Delmar, Iowa, who studied with Dr. Perrine. Declared undergraduate physics majors at all levels are eligible for this scholarship. For more information, contact the Physics Department (firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-273-2420).
Physics Alumni Scholarship
The recipient of this $500-$1500 award must be a declared major in the Department of Physics who has achieved academic excellence in his or her major. Nominations and selection of the recipient are conducted by the Physics faculty in April.
Robert E. Allender Physics Teaching Scholarship ($1000 / 1 year)
Open to students with a Physics Teaching major. Minimum of 30 credit hours in a declared teaching major. Apply by January 15 using the online UNIversity Scholarship Application.
Other Scholarships Include Special Case Scholarships
Dorothy Muzzey Scholarship-Loan Program
The recipient must be a declared major in Physics or Chemistry and must have completed 60 credit hours at UNI. The criteria for the award are: (i) financial need; (ii) scholarly achievement; and (iii) potential for success in the major field. The maximum amount available is $1,500 with an interest rate of 5%. Repayment begins 90 days after graduation.
Undergraduate research is an essential component of the major programs in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. To encourage and sustain the involvement of undergraduate students in research activities, several research fellowships are awarded each year. The fellowships provide stipends for students who will conduct research for ten weeks during the summer period, under the supervision of a Physics faculty member. Departmental applications are available each year in February. The recipients are selected by the Physics Department Scholarships and Awards Committee and notified in late March. Several fellowships are awarded each year and paid a stipend of $4,000.