Roanoke Student Awarded Prestigious New Scholarship

SALEM, Va. —Roanoke College sophomore Jake V. Bennett was recently awarded the inaugural Rossing Physics Scholarship.  He is one of three students in the nation selected by a committee affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to receive this $10,000 scholarship for the 2005-2006 school year.

Bennett is a native of Lexington, Va., and a double major in physics and mathematics at Roanoke. He was selected from a field of applicants of physics majors from 28 ELCA colleges and universities.  The Rossing Physics Scholarships covers the recipient’s educational expenses and may be renewed by physics majors for future years of undergraduate study.  The scholarship is awarded to one senior, one junior and one sophomore from colleges and universities related to the ELCA.  Bennett was the first sophomore recipient chosen. 

“I was stunned,” Bennett said.  “I really didn’t think I had that good of a chance to win.  I’m [very] grateful.”

The ELCA Foundation established the Rossing Fund for Physics Education Endowment this year from generous gifts by Dr. Thomas Rossing, a professor of physics at Northern Illinois University and former president of the American Association of Physics Teachers.  This endowment will be used for scholarships to students in physics and to strengthen education in physics at ELCA related colleges and universities. 

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.