Each year the Department of Physics & Astronomy presents a number of scholarships to several of our incoming freshman as well as to some of the outstanding continuing physics majors.

Scholarships for Incoming Freshman

Presidential Scholarship 

Each year, two scholarships are funded by the Department of Physics & Astronomy to provide full in-state tuition for entering Freshmen. To be eligible, the student must apply to JMU by January 1, take the scholarship exam, and clearly indicate that Physics is their intended major. 

J. Robert Gordon Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established with generous gifts from Walter Curt of SEI, Inc. (JMU '85) and Raymond Serway (Department Head '80 - '86) in honor of long time faculty and Department head ('78 - '80, '95 - '01) Dr. J. Robert Gordon who retired in 2001. The selected student will receive approximately $1500/semester for the Freshman year. To be eligible, the student must apply to JMU by January 1, take the scholarship exam, and clearly indicate that Physics is their intended major. 

Second Century Scholarship

This highly competitive four-year scholarship is open to first-year students enrolling in a designated STEM major and provide 100% coverage of in-state tuition for four years. To learn more about this scholarship, visit the STEM Scholarships page

Scholarships for Sophomores and Juniors

Raymond A. & Elizabeth A. Serway Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established with the generous support Raymond Serway (Department Head '80 - '86) in conjunction with the Saunders College Publishing Company. A scholarship of up to $1000 is awarded to a sophomore or junior physics major to be used toward educational expenses in the following academic year. The award is based on the student's JMU academic record. A faculty committee selects one or more recipients each year. 

Henry W. Leap Physics Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of former Physics Department staff member Henry W. Leap. A scholarship of up to $1000 is awarded to a sophomore or junior physics major to be used toward educational expenses in the following academic year. The award is based on the student's JMU academic record. A faculty committee selects one or more recipients each year.

Physics Alumni/Faculty Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established using donations from Physics Department alumni and faculty. A scholarship of up to $1,000 is awarded to a sophomore or junior physics major to be used toward educational expenses in the following academic year. The award is based on the student's JMU academic record. A faculty committee selects one or more recipients.

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