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Bunton scholarship to benefit physics students

Brian Bunton, an associate professor of physics in the College of Science at Coastal Carolina University, has made a financial commitment to support students majoring in physics at the University.Brian Bunton

Brian Bunton, an associate professor of physics in the College of Science at Coastal Carolina University, has made a financial commitment to support students majoring in physics at the University. He has established the Dr. Brian Bunton Endowed Scholarship for Physics and also has designated a portion of his estate to the University to further fund the scholarship.

To be eligible for the scholarship, recipients must be full-time students at Coastal Carolina University majoring in physics, have a GPA of at least 2.00 and demonstrate financial need.

“Last year, a student told me he had to drop out of CCU because he couldn’t afford to continue,” said Bunton, an avid fan of the Chanticleer baseball program. “He wasn’t a straight-A student, so he wasn’t eligible for many academic scholarships. Had he stayed, though, he most likely would have successfully graduated and gone on to a job he wanted in his field. I’m sure there are others with similar stories. It is my hope that my scholarship can help those students avoid such situations.”

Bunton joined the Coastal faculty in 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Clemson University in 2000, and master’s and doctorate degrees in physics from Duke University in 2003 and 2007, respectively.

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