Luther College junior Pfotenhauer receives $10,000 scholarship

Madison native named Rossing Physics Scholar

Luther College junior David Pfotenhauer of Madison, Wis., received a Rossing Physics Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. The $10,000 scholarship is highly competitive and is awarded annually to five physics students of exceptional merit through the Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education.

Pfotenhauer, a physics and mathematics major at Luther, is the son of John and Nadine Pfotenhauer of Madison. He is a 2011 graduate of Madison West High School.

He was selected from a pool of exemplary physics student applicants from the 26 ELCA colleges across the country.

The awards are made possible through gifts from Rossing, who created the fund through the Foundation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

"I absolutely love studying physics and having my passions in this area recognized and even rewarded both humbles and inspires me," Pfotenhauer says. He is grateful to James Perez, Luther associate professor of physics, Jeffrey Wilkerson, Luther professor of physics and associate dean/director of faculty development and Erin Flater, Luther associate professor of physics, for encouraging him to apply and writing recommendation letters.  

The internal application process for Rossing Scholarships is initiated in the spring. Students are then nominated for the award by their college. The process is announced in mid-November, with applications due by the end of February. Award announcements are made in early April.