Honz named Rossing Physics Scholar and Goldwater Scholar

Luther College junior Kevin Honz of Barnhart, Missouri, has been awarded a $10,000 Rossing Physics Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. The Rossing scholarship is awarded annually to physics students of exceptional merit through the Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education.

Honz was also awarded a $7,500 Goldwater Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to students in the field of mathematics, science and engineering. Honz was selected from a pool of applicants nominated by faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

Honz, a mathematics and physics double major at Luther, is the son of Lisa and Robert Honz of Barnhart and a 2014 graduate of Windsor High School. Upon graduation from Luther, he plans to pursue a doctoral degree in condensed matter physics.

The Rossing scholarship is made possible through gifts from Thomas D. Rossing, Luther class of 1950, who created the scholarship fund through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Foundation. Honz was selected for this award from a pool of exemplary physics student applicants from the 26 ELCA colleges across the United States.   

After graduating from Luther, Rossing earned master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from Iowa State University and served as professor of physics at St. Olaf College and Northern Illinois University. Now retired, he is currently a visiting professor at Stanford University.

The Goldwater Scholarship is funded by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, a federally endowed agency that honors the late U.S. senator. The award is designed to support outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. From a pool of approximately 1,200 applicants, 240 were awarded scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed 7,921 scholarships worth approximately $63 million.  

In response to receiving these awards, Honz commented, "I can't thank Dr. Jeff Wilkerson enough for his guidance. I'm indebted to all the physics and math faculty for their continual support, and these scholarships are a testament to their dedication as professors. I wouldn't be who I am today, as a student and as a person, without them."

In addition to his academic activities, Honz is also a member of the Luther College Nordic Choir.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.