Awards and Scholarships

The Ohio State Department of Astronomy recognizes excellence among undergraduate students with special scholarships, fellowships, and awards generously supported by gifts to the department.

L. Earl Slusher Scholarship in Astronomy

To show his appreciation for the kind assistance he received from OSU Astronomy professor Gerald Newsom and his wife Ann, L. Earl Slusher established an endowment fund to honor exceptional Astronomy undergraduates at OSU.

The L. Earl Slusher Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Astronomy major who has shown exceptional promise for going on to graduate work in Astronomy. It is typically given to a junior or senior selected by the department chair from among students nominated by the faculty, although exceptional freshmen or sophomores may be selected. The amount of the award varies between $2000 and $2500, and although it can be awarded annually, it is only given when faculty members consider a student truly exceptional.

Past Recipients of the Slusher Scholarship

Loren E. Bollinger - Kenneth E. Kissell Scholarship

The Loren E. Bollinger-Kenneth E. Kissell Endowment Fund was established December 1, 1989 by the Board of Trustees of the Ohio State University with gifts to the OSU Development Fund from Dr. Kenneth E. Kissell (BS 1949, MS 1958, PhD Astronomy 1969). The Bollinger-Kissell Endowment honors the career of Loren E. Bollinger (BSEE 1948, MS AeroEngr 1956), a science columnist with The Columbus Dispatch and an instructor in the Dept. of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at OSU from 1956-1966, as well as the friendship between Dr. Kissell and Mr. Bollinger.

The Bollinger-Kissell Scholarship provides an annual scholarship in the School of Journalism, College of Engineering (Depts of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and Electrical Engineering), and the Department of Astronomy. The scholarship is given to a junior or senior student in these programs that shows a demonstrated interest in science writing. Recipients should be residents of the State of Ohio with a preference for students from the northeast quadrant of the State. Scholarship recipients will be chosen by the University Committee on Student Financial Aid, in consultation with the appropriate department chairperson.

Past Recipients of the Bollinger-Kissell Scholarship

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