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Dr. John Shaw is giving back to Northwest, where he taught science classes for 28 years, by establishing the Shaw Scholarship for students majoring in physics or nanoscale-physics. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Dr. John Shaw is giving back to Northwest, where he taught science classes for 28 years, by establishing the Shaw Scholarship for students majoring in physics or nanoscale-physics. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Dec. 9, 2016

Retired professor establishes scholarship for physics students

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

Dr. John Shaw, who retired in June from Northwest Missouri State University, will gift $2,000 annually to award a scholarship to students majoring in physics or nanoscale-physics.

“I taught physics at Northwest for 28 years before retiring last June,” Shaw said. “The physics programs are being brought back to Northwest, and I wanted to help attract students to physics at Northwest by establishing a scholarship that could be used both to recruit freshman and reward continuing students.”

Shaw began teaching at Northwest in 1988 and taught courses in physics, astronomy, electronics, modern physics II and quantum mechanics. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University.

Since retiring, Shaw has been conducting research with Dr. Himadri Chakraborty, associate professor of physics at Northwest, and traveling to visit friends. Between May and this January, his travels will have taken him to Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, New York and Florida.

But he misses the student interaction at Northwest. Shaw said the student body and his love for Northwest inspired him to establish the scholarship.

“Teaching is what I really enjoy,” he said. “Certainly, I still have relationships with the faculty I worked with and those relationships I maintain, but who I don’t see anymore are the students.”

Students interested in the Shaw Scholarship should complete the standardized scholarship application to qualify. A link to scholarships may be found on the Office of Financial Assistance web page.

“I believe scholarships are even more important today given that the state provides only 30 percent of the costs of educating a college student in Missouri today as compared to 60 percent when I was a student,” Shaw said. “I hope this provides the recipients with some financial help as well as recognition for their academic abilities.”  

For more information about the Northwest Foundation or to make a gift to support Northwest or scholarships, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/GiveOnline.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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