The following scholarships and grants can be applied through the College, set up an appointment with the College Fellowships Office to apply for these highly competitive awards.

  • Goldwater Scholarship: Provides up to $7,500.00 of college expenses for each of up to two years for outstanding students in math, natural sciences, and engineering.  Seek students with strong research aptitude. Sophomores, juniors; US citizens or intending to apply for US citizenship; 3.7+ GPA recommended; Nomination required; MHC internal deadline November
  • Gates Cambridge Fellowship: Funds 1-3 years for graduate study in any subject at Cambridge University (UK); leadership and service commitment; must be accepted by a department at Cambridge University.  Seniors, alumnae (unlimited age); all citizens except UK; 3.75+ GPA recommended; GRE for some programs; nomination not required; Gates deadline October (US); December (International).
  • Fulbright NSF Grant: Provides round-trip transportation to the host country, housing and incidental costs and Accident & Sickness Health Benefits

Other awards include

Department Awards

  • Bennett Prize: Established in 1968 by Jean McPherson Bennett '51 and awarded annually to an undergraduate for excellence in physics.
  • Rusk Prize: Established in 1985 by Sarah Rusk in honor of her husband Rogers D. Rusk who was a long-time member of the department. It is to be awarded annually, if possible, to a junior or senior major who also shows distinction in physics.
  • Shattuck Prize: Established in 2007 by Maria Hunter '04, Phoebe Judge '03 and Leah Riley '03 to recognize intellectual curiosity and a desire to succeed in physics in a senior physics major. Its goal is to recognize students who have done research and are engaged members of physics department community.
  • Sigma Pi Sigma: National honor society for physics. Students are elected on the basis of high general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics.

Alumnae Awards

  • Mary Lyon Award: Established in 1984, this award is given by the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College annually "to a young alumna who has been out of College fifteen years or less, who demonstrates promise or sustained achievement in her life, profession or community consistent with the humane values which Mary Lyon exemplified in her life and inspired in others."
  • All awards offered by the Alumnae Association.