Luther student Opeoluwa Matthews receives physics scholarship funded by alumnus Thomas Rossing

July 1, 2010

Opeoluwa Matthews, a Luther College junior, has been selected to receive a $5,000 Rossing Scholarship.

Matthews is one of nine students attending Evangelical Lutheran Church in America colleges and universities who will receive Rossing scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. The scholarship is provided by the ELCA Foundation through the Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education.

Matthews, the son of Dr. Olusegun Matthews and Gloria Matthews of Abuja, Nigeria, is majoring in physics and mathematics at Luther. He is a 2007 graduate of Funtaj International School.

Thomas D. Rossing, professor emeritus of physics at Northern Illinois University, established the fund in 2005. He received his bachelor's degree in 1950 from Luther College.

The Rossing Endowment provides scholarships to outstanding students studying physics at ELCA colleges and universities. In addition to Luther's Opeoluwa Matthews, Rossing Scholarship recipients for 2010-11 include Bethany Jochim of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Kyle Weigand of Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.; Michael Wineman of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.; Curtis Lee of Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas; Christina McGahan of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.; Talitha Muehlbrad of Texas Lutheran University; and Mathew Murray of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa.