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Paul Anthony Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship


We are thinking travel plans – specifically study abroad plans are probably on hold right now. Once travel restrictions start to lift and future plans come back into play we will announce an adjusted review and decision timeline for the Bonenfant Scholarship. The submission site will remain open, so in between work, Netflix and other commitments, spend some time creating an awesome application and requesting your reference letters.

If you have any questions, please contact Curtis Burrill at

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  • Application Dates:
    01 Sep 2021 - 01 Nov 2021
  • Program Prize:


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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 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.

Application Dates:

Application Opens: 01 September 2021
Application Closes: 01 November 2021

Applicants Must:

  • Be a student enrolled in engineering and/or physical science programs.
  • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average (or the equivalent).
  • Have applied for or been accepted to a study-abroad program of at least 6 weeks’ duration.
  • Show a demonstrated interest in optics related research and applications.
  • 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.)
  • Agree to 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.

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