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Ambassador Equity in Optics and Photonics Scholarship

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    Support the the Ambassador Equity in Optics and Photonics Scholarship.

The Ambassadors recognize the under-representation of Black students within our professional community. In order to advance systemic change, and to help reduce barriers for this marginalized community, we propose the development of a new scholarship program providing both financial support and professional development opportunities to young Black scientists and engineers.

Program details:

  • Our goal is US$240K by 31 March 2021 (via full gift or pledge) to create a five-year fund.
  • 100% of donations will be allocated to beneficiaries. The foundation does not assess donations for administration, labor or overhead costs.
  • All donors will be recognized on the scholarship webpage. Donors of $10K+ will receive priority listing/recognitions.
  • These monies will be used to fund scholarships for Black physics and engineering undergraduates with a focus on optics. 
  • We plan to offer a minimum of 60, US$4K scholarships distributed over 5 years.
  • The program will be assessed in years 3 and 5 with recommendations for future action shared with donors and the Board, and the goal is that this program will transition to a permanent scholarship offering.
  • Donors will get an annual report on fund activities including: beneficiaries, marketing, fund earnings, fund balance and future actions. 
Founding Corporate Contributor $125,000
Corporate Contributors $10,000
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J.A. Woollam
Corporate Contributors $1,000 - $9,999
Individual Donors ($5,000 - $20,000)
  • Gary Bjorklund, Bjorklund Enterprises
  • Federico Capasso, Harvard University
  • Jason Eichenholz, Luminar
  • Eric Mazur, Harvard University

Fundraising Committee

  • Antigone Marino, Chair, Institute of Applied Science & Intelligent Systems (CNR), National Research Council
  • Aline Dinkelaker, Co-Chair, Leibniz Institut fur Astrophysik Potsdam
  • Arti Agrawal, University of Technology Sydney
  • Yaseera Ismail, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Yoshitomo Okawachi, Columbia University
  • Danuta Sampson, University of Surrey