Rickey Scholars honored to be part of MC Physics program

The Department of Physics at Marietta College welcomed four new Rickey Scholars this fall. Freshmen Hagen Friend, Harrison Potter, and Daniel Stanley, and sophomore Meredith Rogers were awarded the prestigious Rickey Scholarship in Physics.

These students were selected based on their grades, scholarship applications and their overall interest in the Marietta physics department. The scholarship is renewable on an annual basis.

Stanley, the son of Donna and Michael Stanley of Port Angeles, Wash., chose MC's program for the new facilities and the summer research positions that are offered when awarded the scholarship. "These scholarships are intended for students in a four-year program, with intent of being hired for summer physics research," Stanley said.

Earning one of the prestigious scholarships is competitive.

"The typical recipient is an incoming freshman," said Dr. Stanley Radford, department chair. "A Rickey scholar must remain a declared physics major, make a normal process in the physics major curriculum and maintain a 3.25 GPA overall and in courses required for the physics major."

The Rickey Scholarships were established in 2000 by Marietta alumnus David M. Rickey '78 and Jan Nielsen, and the J&D Family Foundation.

"I was attracted to this program because I was looking for a small school with a strong physics program, plus my older sister goes here," said Rogers, a graduate of Hampton High School and the daughter of Victoria and Barry Rogers of Allison Park, Pa.

Friend, a graduate of Carnegie Vanguard High School, came to the program from Houston, Texas. Potter, also a McCoy Scholar at Marietta, majors in both physics and math. He is the son of Diane Parke-Potter and Rodney Potter of Rochester, N.Y., and a graduate of Gates-Chili High School.