University of Iowa

Guy D. and Betty J. Williams Scholarship

The Guy D. and Betty J. Williams Honors Scholarship was established to reward and motivate undergraduate physics students who are applying the knowledge and skills gleaned from their education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to the resolution of modern environmental dilemmas.

The Williams' belief that training in the fundamentals of physics strengthens participation in any field – chemistry, biology, engineering, law, politics - is the impetus for their investment in undergraduate scholars who are looking beyond traditional approaches to problem-solving to develop scientific solutions which serve our natural world and support evolving human need.

Eligibility Requirements *

To be considered for this award, applicants must be:

  • a member of the University of Iowa Honors Program at the time of application
  • enrolled as a full-time student (a minimum of 12 semester hours)
  • intending to enroll as a full-time student in the 2018-2019 Academic Year (a minimum of 12 semester hours)
  • a Physics major/minor or a student of the physical or natural sciences (in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) 

Preference is given to students with a declared major or minor in Physics able to demonstrate how physics informs their approach to solving an environmental challenge.

Applicants should complete and submit the 2018-19 Williams Scholarship Questionnaire electronically by 11:59 PM on Monday, February 23, 2018.  

To access the online application form in Qualtrics, click here. 

Please Note: Applicants should save any optional supplementary documents - digital representations, or data related to your described solution- as PDF files and email them to by the established deadline.  

Our selection committee thanks you for including the following information in the title of any supplementary documents and in the header of the email: Last Name, First Name - Williams Scholarship - Supplementary Documents

Questions? Honors at Iowa's Director of Scholar Development coordinates this funding opportunity and can be reached at 319-335-1874 or at


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