R. W. Prucha Memorial Scholarship For High School Physics Teachers


This scholarship was established in 1970 in memory of Rudolph William Prucha by seven of his former students and is awarded to students who show the potential to become excellent high school physics teachers.  Professor Prucha taught physics on campus for 35 years (1935-1967), was the first chair of the Department of Physics, and was the first recipient of the prestigious Roseman Award that is granted each year to a faculty member in recognition of excellence in teaching.



The scholarship was created to encourage capable students to dedicate themselves to careers as high school physics teachers.


Renewal Information

No candidate may be awarded this scholarship for more than four years.


Scholarship Amount

Variable.  In the past the amount of the scholarship has varied from $100 to $1,000.  It depends on the earnings of the endowment fund.


Factors Considered By The Scholarship Committee

·         Scholarship

·         Potential in Physics and Mathematics

·         Potential to become an excellent teacher

·         Positive attitude toward physics teaching

·         Good judgment

·         Moral character – devotion to the American way of life and its institutions

·         Personality and leadership


Eligible College

The candidate must be enrolled in the College of Education


Eligible Fields of Study

The candidate must be enrolled in the undergraduate education program with a major or minor in physics.  The program must be such that upon receiving the bachelor’s degree the candidate will be certified to teach high school physics.


    Application Deadline

Your application must be submitted to the office of the Department of Physics, Upham Hall 151, on or before March 1st.


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