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Harvey M. Pollicove Memorial Scholarship

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  • Application Dates:
    10 May 2021 - 07 Jul 2021
  • Program Prize:


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    Help support the future of optics

Established in 2007, this program honors the work of Harvey Pollicove and was made possible by the generous contributions of Harvey’s friends and colleagues to the H.M. Pollicove Memorial Fund.



Each year, a scholarship of $4,000 USD is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in the field of precision optics manufacturing. There are four core universities associated with this program (University of Rochester, the University of Arizona, the University of Central Florida, and Monroe Community College), but applicants at any university in the US are eligible to apply.


How to Apply:

The application period has now closed and will reopen in 2022.

Application Dates:

Application Opens: 10 May 2021
Application Closes: 07 July 2021

Applicants Must:

  • Be an accepted or enrolled in an optics manufacturing program.
  • Be at a minimum an active half-time student (Undergraduate or Graduate) at an institution in the United States
  • Intend to work in the US. optics manufacturing industry upon graduation.
  • Agree to complete and submit a Scholarship Report if they are selected as a scholarship recipient.

The Application will Include:

  • Short Answer Questions
    • In 250 words or less, describe why you first became interested in optics/photonics/physics
    • In 250 words or less, how does optics play a role in your current research?
    • In 250 words or less, identify the impact receiving this grant would have on your career.
  • CV/Resume
  • GPA certification (Unofficial Transcript)
  • Two Reference Letters

2021 Selection Committee:

Don Golini, SANICA Ventures
James Sydor, Sydor Optics Inc
Walt Czajkowski, APOMA
Kathleen Richardson, University of Central Florida, CREOL


2020 Recipient:


Kelli Kiekens, University of Arizona, USA

Kelli is from the northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended the University of Michigan where she received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. After a few years in industry, Kelli came to the University of Arizona where she is pursuing a PhD is Optical Science. Her research is in designing and building sub-millimeter endoscopes for early ovarian cancer detection by imaging in vivo in the fallopian tubes. After graduation, Kelli plans to go into industry and use her experience with micro-optics to manufacture high precision optics. 

Past Recipients:

  • Nicholas Kochan, University of Rochester, USA (2019)
  • Juniyali Nauriyal, University of Rochester, USA (2018)
  • Chris Dodds, Monroe Community College, USA (2017)
  • Kameron Tinkham, University of Rochester, USA (2016)
  • James Lewis, Monroe Community CollegeUSA (2015)
  • Antoine Lepicard, University of Central Florida, USA (2014)
  • Laura Coyle, University of Arizona , USA (2013)
  • Peter McCarthy, University of RochesterUSA (2012)
  • Nea Sample, Monroe Community College, USA (2011)
  • Mark Ramme, University of Central FloridaUSA (2010)
  • Katie Schwertz, University of ArizonaUSA (2009)
  • Katherine Hasman, University of RochesterUSA (2008)

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