Paul Anthony Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship

Paul Anthony Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2011 in memory of Paul Anthony Bonenfant, this scholarship enables students enrolled in engineering and/or physical science programs to attend semester-abroad programs. 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 is open to undergraduate or graduate students studying in the US. 

The application is now open until 30 April 2019!

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  • Applicants must be enrolled in an engineering and/or physical science program.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (or the equivalent).
  • Applicants must plan to participate in a study-abroad program of at least 6 weeks’ duration 
  • Applicants must show a demonstrated interest in optics related research and applications.
  • Applicants must be residents of the U.S. and 12-year pre-college graduates from schools in the U.S. (Note - this requirement is in 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.



Adrianna Mitchell
University of Arizona, USA

Alden Hoke
Drexel University, USA


Evan Sloan

Caltech, USA


Victorine Muse

Cornell University, USA


Margaret Cron

Ohio State University, USA


Stephanie Laga

California Institute of Technology, USA

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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