New Scholarship for Women in Optics

    Date Posted: 
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021

    An exciting new scholarship opportunity is now available for application. The OSA Foundation (OSAF) seeks to support women demonstrating enthusiasm and passion for optics and photonics. This scholarship seeks to remove financial hurdles and barriers, allowing talented women to focus on their academic experience.

    The OSA Foundation Women in Optics Undergraduate Scholarship is a $10,000/year scholarship for tuition, room and board or university expenses. This support is available for an undergraduate woman who is a US citizen with a declared major in Optical Sciences enrolled in the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences (“OSC”)at the University of Arizona. To apply go to: https://apply.osa.org/

    This scholarship is enabled through the generosity of Dr. Janet S. Fender (OSC PhD ’81) and Dr. L. John Otten III. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021. 

    Eligibility Criteria [1] [2]

    Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

    1. Undergraduate woman and a US citizen entering the second, third or fourth year of study and enrolled at the University of Arizona, Wyant College of Optical Sciences.
    2. Declared major in optical sciences.
    3. Demonstrated academic excellence of 3.4+ GPA as well as other awards/merits.
    4. Demonstrated financial need through the application process.

    Applications must include:

    1. A CV or resume.
    2. Personal statement describing academic/professional background and interest in the scholarship in 500 words or less.
    3. What are your educational and career goals and how will this scholarship assist you achieving them?
    4. Describe your experiences and/or interests related to optics and how you think optics will enhance society in the next 10-15 years?
    5. Academic transcripts covering post-secondary education.
    6. Two letters of recommendation addressing merits for receiving this scholarship.


    [1]OSAF is committed to diversity and inclusion and will ensure that scholarship selection criteria consistent with evolving understandings of gender identity and laws protecting against discrimination based on gender identity.

    [2]Scholarships may be renewable for up to three years based on student’s continued academic excellence, financial need, and assured path to graduation.