New Scholarship to Support Black Physics & Astronomy Undergraduates

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced last week it has launched a scholarship program that will provide African American students with up to $10,000 annually per student to pursue bachelor’s degrees in physics or astronomy.

Initially, the scholarship will be limited to currently enrolled physics majors at Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Predominantly Black Institutions, or to astronomy majors at any US university.

AIP has received a $12.5 million grant from the Simons Foundation to support the scholarship as well as efforts by undergraduate departments to implement other recommendations of the task force report. AIP is implementing the scholarship through a coalition called TEAM-UP Together, for which the lead partners are the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Astronomical Society, the American Physical Society, and the Society of Physics Students.