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.”