Senior physics major receives nationally competitive scholarship

Betsy Olson, senior physics major, received the Barbara Lotze Endowed Scholarship for Future Teachers this year out of hundreds of applicants.

Successful applicants receive a stipend of up to $2,000. The funds come from a nationally competitive scholarship provided by the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Olson said she plans to use the money to continue her studies in physics and to become a high school physics teacher.

“I would have never thought that I would want to teach in the future, but I’m excited to see that God has given me some direction in the path that I want to take,” Olson said.

Bill Nettles, chairman of the physics department, said he is proud to have one of his own students awarded a scholarship that is presented to a select few.

“I know Betsy will succeed in becoming a teacher who will expand on the study of physics in ways that will make students want to learn,” Nettles said. “As a professor, I hope her future is bright and enlightening as God uses her for his will.”

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