October 18, 2017


Is your practical mind always “untying knots”?  Do you seem to have a strange, yet logical way of questioning and confirming the world around you?  Then you probably have a mind for physics.  Physics is an exploration of just about anything that makes our world tick.  Also, there is no limit to what a Physicist can do, as this field can apply to almost any field of study, any industry, and any level of academia.

Also, with technology becoming more and more advanced, the use of physics has become more expansive.  The nature of this field is only one that grows with the advancement of civilization.  This big picture view of the field tells us one important thing: You will have job security, and you will have a pretty hefty salary.  Enough said, now let’s get to business…


Competitive Nature


It is supposed that the only drawback to this type of a major is the fact that it is just loaded with brilliant and innovative minds.  You will usually never find a field so inundated with genius.  This of course, makes things a little bit difficult, competition wise.  So here is what you should do:

  • First, it would be a very smart call to at least keep your GPA in the 2.5 to 3.0 level.  It would not be a smart call to dip any lower than that.
  • Next, you should think ahead.  You might really have to wrack your brain, but have a list and a few ideas of where you want to take your degree into the field.
  • After that, before your competition has done this, try to begin lining up internships (and scholarships) by the end of your freshman year.

The end result is that while you may not be the smartest kid in the classroom, you are certainly the most prepared.  You were able to get your hands on an internship, a possible job, and even a few scholarships before the hard part of college even started.  Now, that is genius.

This will greatly help you if you are trying to find scholarship money. Unfortunately, charitable organizations and trust funds are only going to award the few kids at the top of that pyramid.  Now if you are one of them, then you are doing just fine.  But, if you are like most of us, then it is better to think of things that they have not.  That is why you should be pretty well off siphoning a scholarship out of your place of internship and possibly your future job site.

These are just a few scholarships that you could attempt if you are looking for something to do while you are waiting for answers on that internship…

Catching The Dream MESBEC Program

Formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund, Catching the Dream (CTD) was chartered in 1986 to help provide Indian tribes, Indian communities and tribal organizations with professionally trained and educated Native Americans.

The MESBEC program is the oldest of CTD’s programs providing scholarships for high-potential Native American students in Math, Engineering, Science, Business, Education, and Computers (MESBEC). Must be enrolled in a federally recognized, state recognized, or terminated tribe in the U. S.

National GEM Consortium – GEM Fellowships

GEM provides three fellowship programs: MS Engineering, Ph.D. Engineering and Ph.D. Science.

These fellowship opportunities are for students pursuing a master’s degree or doctorate in science, engineering or a closely related field. The deadline for applications is November 15. Applicants are required to submit transcripts and three letters of recommendation.

Pennsylvania SciTech Scholarships

SciTech Scholarships are for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree and provide up to $3,000 per year. To be eligible, a student must have:
– a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for postsecondary study at the time of application for this program;
– must be at least a sophomore who is enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in an approved science or technology field in a Pennsylvania public or private college or university;
– and must complete an internship or relevant work experience in the student’s major field with a company with operations in Pennsylvania prior to receiving a degree.