SPIE and Jenoptik announce new photonics-technician scholarship

The Jenoptik-SPIE Photonics Technician Scholarship will support students in Florida who are pursuing careers as optics and photonics technicians
24 January 2023
Jenoptik-SPIE Photonics Technician Scholarship announcement.

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA — SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and JENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC have established a new scholarship that will support photonics-technician students in Florida.

The new, jointly funded Jenoptik-SPIE Photonics Technician Scholarship will provide direct support for students pursuing careers as photonics technicians. The scholarships have been established for students enrolled or planning to enroll in a laser, optics, or photonics technician associate or certificate program in the state of Florida. Each of the four $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to offset tuition and fees, textbooks, computers, or a computer upgrade, as well as other supplies and equipment needed for courses of instruction. Scholarship winners will also receive a one-year complimentary SPIE Student Membership.

There’s a critical need for skilled optics and photonics technicians across the globe. In recent years, SPIE has been particularly active in supporting ways to address that need through scholarships and other technician-focused resources, as well as highlighting colleges with relevant programs. “The optics, photonics, and imaging industries are growing exponentially, and there’s a real need for skilled optics and photonics technicians who can continue to bring engineers’ visions to fruition,” says SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. “We are delighted to be working with Jenoptik to support technician students in their exciting career journey.”

“Jenoptik is pleased to partner with SPIE and expand our existing photonics-technician scholarship program,” says President of JENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC Jay Kumler. “Working together with SPIE, we will double the number of students that we are supporting from two to four. The need is great and if the industry and SPIE join forces, we can continue to enable the development of future technicians that are essential in helping to create a better future for all through photonics.”

All current scholarship applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a laser, optics, or photonics technician associate or certificate program for the 2023-2024 school year at an educational institute in Florida. Application requirements also include technician-program information, a resume, and a personal essay.

For more information and to apply for the Jenoptik-SPIE Photonics Technician Scholarship, please visit our website.

About Jenoptik

Jenoptik is a global OEM and machine supplier of solutions powered by photonics. Our engineering expertise excels across a broad portfolio of technologies in the fields of optics, laser technology, digital imaging, optoelectronics, sensors, and optical test & measurement equipment. We enable leading machine and equipment manufacturers in the semiconductor, laser material processing, healthcare & life science, industrial automation, automotive, safety and security industries. As a reliable and flexible development and production partner, Jenoptik applies our strengths in key technologies to solve our customers’ most demanding requirements. Our systems, modules and components put our customers in the lead by helping them master their future challenges through the power of light. www.jenoptik.com.

About SPIE

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, brings engineers, scientists, students, and business professionals together to advance light-based science and technology. The Society, founded in 1955, connects and engages with our global constituency through industry-leading conferences and exhibitions; publications of conference proceedings, books, and journals in the SPIE Digital Library; and career-building opportunities. Over the past five years, SPIE has contributed more than $22 million to the international optics community through our advocacy and support, including scholarships, educational resources, travel grants, endowed gifts, and public-policy development. www.spie.org.


Daneet Steffens
Public Relations Manager, SPIE
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Tamara Whittaker
Head of Communications, JENOPTIK Optical Systems
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