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February 15 2023
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Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship


The Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship was established in honor of Bill Price and Warren Smith, both well-respected members of SPIE's technical community. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of optical design and engineering. You must be a Student Member of SPIE. The standard Student Membership Fee is $20 (US). Your Membership must be in good standing throughout the review process (February 15 - June 30). Should your Membership expire during the review process, your application will be removed from further consideration. High school, pre-university, secondary school students will receive a one-year complimentary Student Membership. Fill in the Pre-College Membership Application Form and return to You must be enrolled in a program related to the field of optics and photonics. You must be in school for the full academic year beginning Fall 2021 (between Aug 2021 and July 2022). Two (2) recommendations are required. Family members, relatives, and students are not eligible to submit a recommendation. NOTE: Recommendations must be received before you can submit your application. If applicable, your Annual Scholarship Report(s) must be on file with SPIE if you received a scholarship(s) in previous years. Please contact to confirm that your report is on file (if applicable). If awarded an Education Scholarship, funds must be used for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students are eligible to receive one (1) Education Scholarship for each academic level including high school, community and technical, undergraduate, Masters, and PhD. Preference may be given to those who have not received any previous awards from SPIE. Applicants who have received a terminal degree (MD, JD, PhD, etc.) are not eligible to apply.

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  • CheckmarkMust be an undergraduate student or a graduate student
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