Awards and Scholarships

2015 Department Award Recipients

  • ANGEL VELA DE LA GARZA EVIA - Physics-Engineering First Year Award - indicates recognition by the faculty for outstanding work in the department and related coursework

  • MAURICIO BUSTAMANTE and STEPHANIE FOUTS - share the Physics-Engineering Sophomore Award - recognition by the faculty for outstanding work in the department and related coursework

  • CAROLINE ANDRESS and JOY PUTNEY - share the Physics-Engineering Departmental Award - based on excellence of performance

  • CORT HAMMOND - Akins Prize in Engineering - awarded to the student best exemplifying academic excellence, a socially responsible commitment to the greater community, and an enthusiasm for the study of engineering

  • ERIC SCHWEN - Edith Lemberg Reese and Harold Augustus Reese Sr. Prize in Physics, established in 2005 by Professor Ronald Lane Reese in memory of his parents - recognizes the academic excellence of a graduating senior physics major who has demonstrated hard work, independence, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or mathematics

  • PATRICK WELLBORN - Walter LeConte Stevens Memorial Scholarship - awarded to a student performing excellent work in the Physics and Engineering Department and in related coursework

  • ANNIE JECKOVICH - Avis P. Waring Scholarship - awarded to a student participating in co-curricular activities connecting academic studies, and service activities or pre-professional experiences

  • ANDREW CONLON - H. Thomas Williams Jr. Undergraduate Research Scholarship - named in honor of H. Thomas Williams Jr. by the Board of Trustees in 2007, this award is given to a student in recognition of excellence in faculty-directed research

  • CORSON PURNELL - Mitchell Engineering Scholarship - an Honor Scholarship (awarded through the Johnson Scholarship program once every 4 years), with preference being given to a student in need of financial aid who intends to pursue engineering


Other Award Opportunities

In addition to Department scholarships and awards, announcements regarding supplemental opportunities for scholarships which come our way are forwarded to students via email. 

First-Year Award

The First-Year Award indicates recognition by the faculty for outstanding work in the department and related coursework.

Sophomore Award

The Sophomore Award indicates recognition by the faculty for outstanding work in the department and related coursework.

Physics and Engineering Departmental Scholarship

The Physics and Engineering Departmental Scholarship is awarded on the basis of excellence of performance. The scholarship funds are applied to the student's tuition for the following year.

Walter LeConte Stevens Scholarship

The Walter LeConte Stevens Scholarship is awarded to a student performing excellent work in the department and in related coursework.

Edward R. Mitchell Memorial Honor Scholarship

The Edward R. Mitchell Memorial Honor Scholarship was established in 1999 by an estate gift by Grace McPhail Mitchell to recognize an entering first-year student with an exemplary academic and extracurricular record coupled with an interest in engineering as well as demonstrated financial need. It is a full-tuition award renewable for four years of work at W&L, provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA.

Robert E. Akins Engineering Prize

Established in 2005 by the family of Robert Akins, this prize is awarded to the student best exemplifying academic excellence, a socially responsible commitment to the greater community, and an enthusiasm for the study of engineering.