June 11, 2021


Professor Martin Schwartz was an internationally recognized physical chemist and accomplished scholar, having published over 125 peer-reviewed research articles. Dr. Schwartz also directed or served on the advisory committees of over 150 M.S. and Ph.D. students, in addition to serving as a mentor for countless undergraduate and TAMS students throughout his 44-year tenure at UNT. Research and teaching were his passions.

Upon his unexpected passing, his family began the process to fulfill his wish of establishing a scholarship in honor of his mother, Betty Schwartz. Her guidance and encouragement to Dr. Schwartz and his siblings produced a deep love of learning, a standard of excellence in every undertaking, and a passion for helping others develop similar characteristics.

We are pleased to announce the establishment of The Professor Martin Schwartz Scholarship in Honor of His Beloved Mother, Betty Schwartz. There will be two scholarships awarded, one for graduate students and one for undergraduate/TAMS students, beginning in 2024.

In the meantime, two special one-time awards were given this year in honor of Dr. Schwartz's adored cats, Sapphire T. McGillicuddy and Spooky McSchwartz, Esquire. The cats were a standard feature in Dr. Schwartz's lecture Powerpoints!

We would like to thank Susan Schwartz for her generosity and for working closely with the Department to ensure that Dr. Schwartz's wish to support UNT students came to pass.

The legacy Dr. Schwartz leaves behind is one of excellence in everything and encouragement to be curious about the world around us. We are so grateful for the continued generosity of the Schwartz family and look forward to celebrating his legacy each year through these scholarships.

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