Ledford Scholarship

Randall D. Ledford Scholarships in Physics at Wake Forest University

The Randall D. Ledford Scholarship I in Physics

The Department of Physics awards the Randall Ledford Scholarship I once every four years to a high school student interested in majoring in Physics at Wake Forest University. This is a four-year half-tuition scholarship awarded to a promising incoming physics major attending Wake Forest University. The award is worth a minimum of $108,000, and anyone is eligible to apply during the year it is available. The next time we will be able to accept applications is in the fall of 2019 for a scholarship to be awarded to a student entering in the fall of 2020.

The Randall D. Ledford Scholarship II in Physics

The Department of Physics awards the Randall Ledford Scholarship II once every four years to a high school student interested in majoring in Physics at Wake Forest University. This is a four-year merit scholarship awarded to a promising incoming physics major attending Wake Forest University. The award is worth a minimum of $44,000, and only students who are attending high school in North Carolina are eligible to apply during the year it is available. The next time we will be able to accept applications is in the fall of 2021 for a scholarship to be awarded to a student entering in the fall of 2022.

This scholarship is funded through the generosity of Dr. Randall D. Ledford, WFU class of 1972. Dr. Ledford is Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer of Emerson Electric Company, one of the world’s leading electronics companies. Before joining Emerson Electric, Dr. Ledford was president and general manager of several divisions of Texas Instruments Inc. including software, digital imaging, enterprise solutions and process automation. He began his career at Bell Telephone Laboratories where he worked on UNIX development, fiber optic communication and microwave transmissions. While at Texas Instruments, Dr. Ledford led the company’s development of the Digital Light Processor (DLP). The size of a postage stamp, this device is the world’s most complex microelectromechanical machine, with 1.3 million parts. The DLP was featured in the first digital theater premiere of a major motion picture, Star Wars: Episode I.

How to Apply

To apply for this award:

    • Complete the Wake Forest University application for admission either in paper or online. See http://admissions.wfu.edu External link icon.
    • At least one recommendation should come from someone who can comment on your potential in science.
    • Include a brief letter asking to be considered for the Ledford Scholarship, describing how you became interested in science, describing your career aspirations, and describing how this scholarship will benefit you. Please send your brief letter to:

Ledford Scholarship
Department of Physics
Olin Physical Laboratory
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7507

Questions?

Want to find out more about our department or the scholarship? Please come and visit. We can coordinate your visit with our admissions office and a campus tour. Give me a call, write, or send e-mail:

Daniel Kim-Shapiro, Ph.D.
shapiro@wfu.edu
(336) 758-4993
Department of Physics
Olin Physical Laboratory
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109