Walker has taught at CSU for 44 years and has no intention of retiring because of his passion for his students and for the field of physics.
"I have dedicated my life to promoting the power and importance of physics to our daily lives and I have been very fortunate to have been able to make a successful career out of this passion," Walker said in a statement. "I am honored to be able to give back to CSU and help current and future students earn their physics degrees and join the profession that has brought me so much joy."
The Jearl Walker Scholarship will provide a $2,000 yearly award to junior and senior level physics majors. Walker has committed to provide additional funding if needed for future students who enter the program over the next five years.
There are 18 physics majors who are currently eligible for a scholarship for fall semester, officials said. They need to take a physics course at the junior or senior level, and maintain a 2.5 GPA.
"Jearl Walker is a true legend in the field of physics education and has also been one of the foremost popularizers of science to the general public," Meredith Bond, dean of CSU's College of Science and Health Professions, said in a statement. "We have been extraordinarily lucky to have him here at Cleveland State for over four decades and I want to personally thank him for this generous gift to our physics program."
Walker has earned international acclaim for his efforts to promote physics principles to the masses.
He is the author of the seminal book "The Flying Circus of Physics," toured the nation presenting science demonstrations, including walking on hot coals, and has appeared frequently on national television.
He has created a CSU video series on The Flying Circus of Physics, posted on You Tube.
Walker, who holds a bachelor's degree in physics from MIT and a doctorate in physics from the University of Maryland, is a fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers. CSU's Outstanding Science Teaching Award is named in his honor.