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Olson wins national physics scholarship

JACKSON, Tenn.March 7, 2013 – Union University senior Betsy Olson has been awarded the Barbara Lotze Endowed Scholarship for Future Teachers, a nationally competitive scholarship chosen by the American Association of Physics Teachers.

“It has helped me to know that others see potential in me to be a good physics teacher, which affirms where I think God may be leading me,” Olson said.

Olson plans to graduate in 2014 and hopes to be a high school physics teacher in her hometown of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Bill Nettles, chairman of the Union physics department, called the scholarship a “great honor” for Olson, added that only two or three are awarded each year.

“We hope that this recognition will attract other students who are interested in teaching high school physics,” Nettles said. “It shows them that we can teach them what they need to know in order to teach physics well.”

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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