Paul Anthony Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship

Paul Anthony Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2011 in memory of Paul Anthony Bonenfant, this scholarship enables undergraduate students enrolled in engineering and/or physical science programs to attend semester-abroad programs offered through their accredited college or university.

The goal of the scholarship is to provide international experience to students as they prepare for professional lives that promote global engagement and collaboration.

This $8,000 scholarship rotates among several universities including The California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and The Ohio State University.

Recipients are typicaly announced during the OFC Conference

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled in engineering and/or physical science programs at one of the participating universities/institutes.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (or the equivalent).
  • Applicants must have applied for or been accepted to a study-abroad program of at least 6 weeks’ duration offered by their university/institute.
  • Applicants must show a demonstrated interest in optics related research and applications.
  • Applicants must exhibit financial need as determined by their participating institutions and must demonstrate that in the absence of this scholarship, their study abroad experience would not be financially feasible.
  • Applicants must be residents of the U.S. and 12-year pre-college graduates from schools in the U.S. (Note - this requirement support of the Scholarship’s focus on promoting global engagement between students living in the U.S. and their counterparts around the world.)
  • Applicants must agree that if selected as the Scholarship recipient they will blog and/or utilize social media platforms to document their trip, share their experiences and the insights they have gained from living in another culture.

Application Requirements:

  • One completed scholarship application: Download Application (PDF pdf).
  • Two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters should be from a faculty member who is familiar with the student’s educational performance.




Evan Sloan

Caltech, US



Victorine Muse

Cornell University, US



Margaret Cron

Ohio State University, US



Stephanie Laga

California Institute of Technology, US
OSA Foundation
Follow our scholarship recipient's journey by visiting their personal blog. Posts include stories and photos about their experience and what they are studying. 
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Application process will open early summer 2016.

Application process to open in early summer 2016.

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