William Robert Simmons Scholarship
University of Colorado at Denver
The William Robert Simmons Scholarship Endowment has been established to offer a
university education to serious students who might otherwise not have the monetary
resources necessary to allow them to devote themselves to learning. Scholarship assistance
shall be used for resident tuition and textbooks to selected undergraduate students, although
the funds available will probably not cover all such expenses. For the Fall 2009 the stipend
is estimated to be about $500. These students must be matriculated in the CU-Denver
Physics, Mathematics, or College of Engineering and Applied Science undergraduate
programs. The Scholarship Fund has been established with funds from the Donor, family,
friends, and colleagues of Professor William Robert (Bill) Simmons.
William R. (Bill) Simmons passed away December 3, 1996. He taught Physics at CU-Denver
for over twenty years continuing through the spring 1996 semester. Bill was an outstanding
teacher and his dedication to his students and their needs was legendary. Bill was able to
effectively teach his students to work to the best of their abilities. They learned to apply their
knowledge and excelled after leaving college. Bill was repeatedly elected as the
“Outstanding Engineering Professor of the Year,” receiving nine Engineering awards in his
twenty-one years of teaching. He was a finalist once in the school wide “Teacher
Recognition Awards.” Professor Simmons was a Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Pi Sigma, and Sigma Xi
honor student himself. He began school on the GI Bill for veterans and never stopped
learning. He encouraged his students to learn from every experience. Bill’s undergraduate
degree was in Engineering Physics and his Ph.D. was in Physics so he had one foot firmly
planted in Physics and one in Engineering.
This scholarship will be awarded for the Fall Semester 2009. The maximum scholarship may not
exceed full resident tuition and fees for the enrolled credit hours plus 10% of that amount for a
book allowance. The award is approximately $500 for 2009. Students may receive successive
scholarships for subsequent semesters if they continue to meet eligibility criteria.
A. Applicants must be undergraduate students matriculated in Physics, Math, or the College of
Engineering and Applied Science.
B. Scholarships are open to all undergraduate students regardless of gender, race, or creed.
C. Applicants need not demonstrate financial need.
D. Applicants must qualify for Colorado in-state tuition.
E. Applicants must be enrolled for six or more credit hours per semester.
F. Applicants must possess a minimum 3.2 overall grade point average and demonstrate an
exuberant and inquisitive attitude toward learning. First term freshman applicants must have
a grade point average that includes college courses.
APPLICATION DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS
Deadline: 5 PM, Thursday, February 19, 2009
Contact: William R. Simmons Scholarship Committee
CU-Denver Physics Department North Classroom Room 3801
Campus Box 157
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
CHECK LIST OF THINGS TO DO
1. ____ Complete this application and return it to the CU-Denver Physics office.
2. ____ Arrange to have two Letters of Recommendation from academic/professional references
sent to the William R. Simmons Scholarship Committee at the CU-Denver Physics
At least one of these letters must be from a professor.
3. ____ Request a transcript from each higher education institution that you have attended.
Transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to the CU-Denver Physics office,
4. ____ Submit a Personal Letter of Application stating professional goals and interests. The
statement should include any additional information on educational honors, societies,
and outside hobbies and interests, which would qualify the student for this scholarship.
5. ____ Submit a brief resumé.
1. A complete application must be received by Thursday, February 19, 2009, 5:00 PM.
2. Applications will be reviewed by the William R. Simmons Scholarship Committee during
February and March, 2009. Applicants may be scheduled for an interview prior to a recipient
being selected. If you plan on traveling or changing addresses during February and March 2009,
be sure to communicate this information to the William Robert Simmons Scholarship
Committee at the CU-Denver Physics Department office, 303-556-8344, or e-mail:
3. Once a decision has been reached, every applicant will be notified by mail.
4. Any questions can be directed to the CU-Denver Physics office;
by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
or by calling the committee chairperson at 303-556-8344.
SINGLE PARENTS, ETHNIC MINORITIES, AND PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED STUDENTS
ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE WILLIAM ROBERT SIMMONS
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ARE YOU DEFINED AS A RESIDENT OF COLORADO FOR TUITION PURPOSES? ______YES ______NO
DATE OF ENROLLMENT AT CU-DENVER:_______________________________
MAJOR:________________________ STUDENT I.D. NUMBER:_______-_____-________
EXPECTED DEGREE:______________________ GPA:___________
EXPECTED GRADUATION DATE:_________________________
CURRENT CLASS STANDING: FRESHMAN________ SOPHOMORE______
WILL YOU BE ATTENDING : FULL-TIME______ PART-TIME______
(12 HR. MINIMUM) (6 HR. MINIMUM)