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Scholarships for students in technician programs

The Eichenholz-SPIE Photonics Technician Scholarship

The Eichenholz-SPIE Photonics Technician Scholarship is intended for students enrolled or planning to enroll in a laser, optics, or photonics technician associate or certificate program.

Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to support tuition and fees, textbooks, computer, or computer upgrade, and supplies and equipment needed for courses of instruction. Scholarship winners will also receive a one-year complimentary SPIE Student Membership.


The 2024 application is open. Apply by 1 March 2024.  

Apply online


Congratulations to the four recipients for the 2023-2024 academic year:

Esther Dykstra headshot Esther Dykstra, Monroe Community College
Harsha Gopi headshot Harsha Gopi, Niagara College
Janvi Patel headshot Janvi Patel, Niagara College
Andrew Way headshot Andrew Way, Pasadena City College

Eligibility requirements:

 • Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a laser, optics, or photonics technician associate or certificate program for the 2021-2022 school year.

 • Applicants are required to submit information regarding their school and technician program, an unofficial academic transcript, resume, a personal essay detailing their motivation for becoming a technician and their career goals, and two recommendations.

 • An SPIE account is required to apply. Please follow the steps below.

    Create your account:
      1. Go to spie.org and click on the "Sign-In" in the upper hand corner of the screen.
      2. Select "Create account" and follow the steps to create your account.

    Once you have created your SPIE account:
      1. Go to: spie.smapply.io
      2. Sign in using the SPIE username and password you created on spie.org.

If you have problems signing in or creating an SPIE account, or have questions about the scholarship application process, please contact scholarships@spie.org

Incomplete applications will be removed from consideration. All applicants will be notified of the results by email in June.


This scholarship program is made possible by the generous support of SPIE Fellow Jason Eichenholz. Jason is a serial entrepreneur, executive, and recognized pioneer in laser and optics enabled innovation, product development, and commercialization. Over the past two decades he has started multiple companies, raised hundreds of millions of dollars of investor funding and led the development of hundreds of millions of dollars of revolutionary products.

Jason Eichenholz


Jenoptik-SPIE Photonics Technician Scholarship

The Jenoptik-SPIE Photonics Technician Scholarship is intended for students enrolled or planning to enroll in a laser, optics, or photonics technician associate or certificate program in the state of Florida.

The 2024 application is open. Apply by 1 March 2024.  

Apply online