The Jack H. Taylor Scholarship in Physics

a portrait of Dr. Jack Taylor, an older man in academic robes

Dr. Jack H. Taylor ’44 was a long-time faculty member (1956-1992) and a driving force in the growth of the physics department during the twentieth century. He was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Research and Creativity at Rhodes and the American Physical Society’s Pegram Award for outstanding teacher.

In 2005, alumnus Charles Robertson, Jr. '65 endowed the Jack H. Taylor Scholarship in Physics to help support recipients for their full four years at Rhodes. The scholarship provides tuition assistance and an opportunity for Taylor Scholars to work in the physics department, on research or other projects, starting in the first semester.

This interview with Professor Taylor was conducted by student Travis Rasor ′10, the first recipient of the Jack H. Taylor Scholarship in Physics.

The Taylor Scholarship in Physics provides talented high school physics students the means to continue their investigations at the college level. At least one scholarship may be awarded to a first-year student each year, and is renewed annually for that student for three years if renewal requirements are satisfied. 


As a Taylor Scholar, you will:

  • Receive up to $18,500 per year in addition to any other Rhodes scholarship or grant
  • Provide five hours per week of service to the Department of Physics. This could be in the form of research with a faculty member or work on special projects within the department.
  • Make satisfactory progress toward a major or minor in physics as determined by the Department of Physics
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Application Process for the Taylor Scholarship in Physics:

  1. Submit an application for admission to Rhodes by either the Early Action deadline or the Regular Decision deadline.
  2. Complete the Application for the Jack H. Taylor Scholarship in Physics online by December 1 if you applied Early Action or January 25 if you applied Regular Decision.*
  3. Arrange to have a letter of reference from a teacher or project supervisor sent to Prof. Ann Viano at by December 1 if you applied Early Action or January 25 if you applied Regular Decision.

*All applicants will receive equal consideration; Early Action applicants can still apply by the January 25 deadline if they miss the December 1 deadline.

Applicants will be notified if they are a finalist within roughly six weeks of each deadline.


Past Recipients of the Jack H. Taylor Scholarship

Graduation Year

Taylor Scholar


Ada Collins

 2026 Katherine Hazelwood


Amalia Bay and Ryan McCrory


Nolan Brown and Gia Pirro


Anna Murphree


Maddie Tallant


Matthew Huber


Peyton Marshall


Jordan Meyer, Jacob Luciani


Alec Lindman


Matthew Miller


Eleanor Davis


Joshua Fuchs, Joseph Svejkosky


Travis Rasor

a black and white photo of the Alaska nexpedition members
Members of the 1963 Alaska solar eclipse expedition: Front row, left to right, Charles Robertson, Charles Brandon, William Boyd, Jack Aldridge, Shannon Ball. Second row: John L. (Jack) Streete, Robert MacQueen, Harvey M. Hanson, Gardner P. Ruffin, Jack H. Taylor, Peyton Rhodes, A. C. Emery, (High Altitude Observatory), D. Keith Watson (High Altitude Observatory). Shown behind the group is the radiometer section of the mobile infrared observatory.