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SPIE Scholarship Program

Scholarship Provider: SPIE - International Society for Optics & Photonics
Application Deadline: 02/15/2014
Description: In 2013, SPIE awarded $351,000 in scholarships to 139 outstanding individuals, based on their potential for long-range contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award-winning applicants were evaluated and selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee.

To date, SPIE has distributed over $3.6 million dollars in individual scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society's commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world.

The Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships are for high school, pre-university, secondary school, undergraduate and graduate students. Postdoctoral students (students who have completed their PhD) are not eligible to apply. The scholarship awards are in varying amounts ranging from $2,000 to $11,000. The Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship generally supports tuition, books, research activities, and other education-related expenses. If awarded the Optics and Photonics Scholarship, funds should be used for the 2014-2015 academic year (Aug 2014-Jul 2015).


*You must be a Student Member of SPIE. Standard
Student Membership Fee is $20 (US).

*High school, pre-university, secondary school students will
receive a one-year complimentary Student Membership.

*Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an optics,
photonics, imaging, optoelectronics program or related
discipline (e.g., physics or electrical engineering) at an
accredited school for the school year beginning in the
Fall 2014 (Aug 2014-Jul 2015)

*Two recommendations are required. An automated message
will be sent to your recommenders providing them with a link
to your application where they will fill in a questionnaire.
Relatives are not eligible to make recommendations.

*Please attach your Annual Scholarship Report to
the online application form if reapplying. The scholarship
application form must show new activities from when you
last applied. Annual Scholarship reports are required from
all winners.

*Incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration.

*All students will be notified of the results of their application in May/June.

Students may apply for one of the two available scholarships only.
Scholarship Amount: 2,000 to 11,000
Scholarship Website:
School Type Requirement: Four Year College
Awards Given: 101+
Length of Award: Renewable
Other Comments: FAQs

When is the deadline?

February 15. All materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm
(Pacific Standard Time) on this date. Start early!

When will I be notified of the results?

All students will be notified of the results of their application in May/June.

I received a scholarship, can I apply again?

Yes you can apply again if you have been awarded a
scholarship in previous years. The Annual Scholarshp
Award Report form is required and your application
must show new activities from which a previous award
was received.

I wasn't awarded a scholarship and would like to re-apply.
Is it possible to obtain feedback on why I didn't receive one?

If the information is available, feedback on the results of
your application will be given upon request.

Does SPIE require transcripts?

Transcripts are optional.

Are CV/resumes required?

CV/resumes are optional.

What should I write about in my essay/personal statement?

Write about your academic/work career that you are passionate
about, explain what it is, and why. Keep the evaluation
committee's criteria in mind.

Be concise, avoid long drawn out responses. Keep in mind the
Commitee reads many applications.

For scholarships that have a financial need component, tell
your story if there is something out of the ordinary.

Who should I ask to write the recommendation letters and
what should he/she write about?

The recommender should know you personally and
he/she should be able to write about your character,
commitment, experiences and successes (relatives
cannot write letters).

Good examples of people to ask for references include
past or present teachers/professors, and past or present
employers (no relatives).

Provide the recommender with a CV/resume/list of activities
and accomplishments, and a copy of the scholarship
evaluation criteria.

Give your recommender adequate time to prepare your letter.

Scholarship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Mrs. Pascale Barnett
PO Box 10
Bellingham, WA 98227
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