Luther College junior Anderson receives $5,000 scholarship

Luther College junior Caleb Anderson of Rockford, Illinois, received a Rossing Physics Scholarship Honorable Mention award in the amount of $5,000 for the 2016-17 academic year. The scholarship is highly competitive and is awarded annually to physics students of exceptional merit through the Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education.

Anderson, a physics major and mathematics minor at Luther, is the son of Jeffrey and Julia Anderson of Rockford. He is a 2013 graduate of Rockford Lutheran High School. Upon graduation he plans to attend graduate school to study applied physics or engineering.

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

Anderson was selected from a pool of exemplary physics student applicants from the 26 ELCA colleges across the United States.  

"I was elated and overjoyed to receive this prestigious award. I attribute my success not to myself, but to God for allowing me to receive such an honor," Anderson says.

He is grateful to Erin Flater, Todd Pedlar and James Perez, Luther associate professors of physics, and Jeffrey Wilkerson, Luther professor of physics and associate dean/director of faculty development, for encouraging him to apply and writing recommendation letters.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, 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:

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