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.
- 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
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
- 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