F. N. Rhines and W. R. Tarr Scholarship FundF. N. Rhines and W. R. Tarr Scholarship Fund
This fund supports scholarships for full-time undergraduate students in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Recipients must be good students who are active in supporting the department and the undergraduate activities of the department. Walter R. Tarr, Ph.D., created this fund in 1986, naming the scholarship, in part, after the department founder Fredrick Nims Rhines, who chaired Dr. Tarr’s doctoral committee. Dr. Tarr received all three of his engineering degrees from UF, completing his Ph.D. in 1973. When asked about establishing the scholarship, Dr. Tarr said, “I got a great deal out of being here at the department and I wanted to put something back.” Dr. Tarr hoped that the scholarship would encourage students to go into materials engineering. The F.N. Rhines and W.R. Tarr Scholarship Fund was the first scholarship to be given by a graduate of Florida’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Tarr and his wife, Patricia, are both employed at Honeywell International in Michigan.