George Bate Scholarship

George Bate is an emeritus professor of physics who taught at Westmont for more than 20 years in the 70’s and 80’s.  We award a $1500 one time scholarship each fall to the top incoming first year student in physics and/or engineering.

To be considered for the scholarship you need to be planning on majoring in physics, engineering/physics or the 3:2 dual degree program and pursuing the appropriate course work (e.g. taking general physics, calculus, etc.) for the major. The winner of the scholarship is announced in the fall and actually awarded for the spring semester and is contingent on being continuing in the program.

The criteria for judging the winner will involve grades, test scores, commitment to the program, financial need, and potential for success. If you are not in general physics (for example you got AP credit) but are planning in being a major, make sure the department is aware of your intentions. 

George Blount Scholarship

The late George Blount was a professor of physics who taught at Westmont for 15 years (1967-1982).  We award a $1000 one time scholarship each fall to one of the top incoming first year students in physics and/or engineering.

To be considered for the scholarship you need to be planning on majoring in physics, engineering/physics or the 3:2 dual degree program and pursuing the appropriate course work (e.g. taking general physics, calculus, etc.) for the major. The winner of the scholarship is announced in the fall and actually awarded for the spring semester and is contingent on being continuing in the program.

The criteria for judging the winner will involve grades, test scores, commitment to the program, financial need, and potential for success. Female students or students from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups are especially considered for this award. If you are not in general physics (for example you got AP credit) but are planning in being a major, make sure the department is aware of your intentions.

Albert “Bud” Wheelon Scholarship

Albert “Bud” Wheelon was a legendary figure in the science community. In the 60’s he was Director if Science and Technology for the CIA. He left to join the Hughes Aircraft Company where he rose to be chairman and CEO. He became involved with Westmont College and provided a $1000 scholarship each year for a decade to a senior physics major who had performed research in the department. He died September 27, 2013.  The department is honoring his memory by continuing the scholarship in his name but applying the scholarship funds toward the summer stipend of a physics major doing summer research.