|Nine Weeks or a minimum of
360 hours of Manufacturing-,
Engineering- or Science-Related
Work Experience in an
(These hours must be completed
from October 1st of the previous
calendar year through August 31st of
the calendar year in which you are
applying for the scholarship. You
may apply prior to completion of
your work experience by submitting
a signed commitment to fulfill this
3.2 cumulative GPA
Must be scheduled by
June 1, 2015!
No Record of Disciplinary
II-VI Foundation Scholarship History:
In August 2007, the first class of student scholarships was
awarded. Seven students graduating into or already attending
college were granted $5,000 each in potentially renewable
In April 2008 the Board of Directors increased the individual
award up to $10,000 per student, with the opportunity to apply
for renewal for three additional years. Scholarships were granted
to nineteen students in 2008 and twenty-seven
students in 2009 .
Scholarships of up to $10,000 each were awarded to thirty-eight
students in 2010, forty-two students in 2011 and fifty-six students
in 2012. Fifty-six scholarships were awarded in 2013.
In 2014 we extended our program by offering international
scholarships. Forty-nine domestic scholarships were awarded
and eight scholarships were awarded to students in Vietnam.
The 2015 scholarships were awarded to a particularly stellar
group of students. This scholarship season proved to be the
most competitive yet in the history of the program. Fifty
scholarships of up to $9,000 were awarded in 2015. Thirty-five
of those scholarships were domestic scholarships with students
representing eleven states across the country. Twelve
scholarships were awarded to students in Vietnam and three to
students in China. Of the total domestic awardees, 66 percent
had a GPA of 3.8 or higher and 94 percent had a GPA of 3.5 or
Will you be the next scholarship winner of up to $9,000 in 2016?
Scholarships are limited to students entering the fields of
engineering, math and science. II-VI Foundation scholarship
opportunities are not directed toward pre-med candidates, civil
engineers, architectural engineers or petroleum engineers.
Scholarship opportunities are directed toward students pursuing
degrees in electrical, industrial, chemical, nuclear, mechanical,
material science engineering and related engineering and
science disciplines. However, decisions by the Selection
Committee may advantage or disadvantage any particular
engineering specialty, at the discretion of the Committee.
Mathematics majors are welcome to apply. Also, the scholarship
opportunity is not available to seniors who are applying for the first
time. It is felt we cannot have as great an impact on these
Students must have and maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA
(un-weighted for high school students) to be considered for the
scholarship. Students entering their freshman year in college must
also have a minimum SAT score of 1700. MEETING THE
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY
QUALIFY YOU AS A RECIPIENT. This is a competition.
One very unique aspect of the II-VI Foundation Scholarship is the
requirement of nine (9) weeks, or 360 hours, of manufacturing-,
engineering- or science-related experience in an industrial
setting from October 1st through August 31st of the year in which
the candidate applies for the scholarship. This requirement forces
the candidates to have hands-on, real-world experiences outside
of an academic setting, therefore creating a different perspective
from which to view his or her career decisions.
"The II-VI Foundation Scholarship Opportunity has helped me immensely in my growth as a
math student at Grove City College. In the classroom, I have been able to use the problem
solving skills that I have learned from working at II-VI Incorporated. This opportunity has also
given me experiences most college-aged student never receive. Through working daily with
qualified engineers, sales representatives, and management, I have learned much about the
manufacturing environment and the work force. It has helped me grow in forming personal
relationships, as well as determining how to make ethical and smart choices. This isn't
knowledge that is gained in the classroom. The II-VI Foundation Scholarship is much, much
more than money. It is about leaning from some of the smartest and most experienced workers
in the field of engineering. This hands-on, practical experience is priceless and lasts far longer
than the monetary part of the scholarship."
Shane Mills is the first student to have received a $10,000 scholarship from the II-VI Foundation
for all four years of his academic career.
"I have gained so much valuable experience through my internship for Nabco Incorporated
during the past two summers. The II-IV Foundation and scholarship motivated me to work
as an intern early on. As a sophomore at Penn State, having hands-on experience has
helped me see real life applications of information learned in class. Being in a
manufacturing setting has helped me truly understand the engineering challenges in life
do not work like problems in class where everything works out nicely. I also learned
valuable work and life skills in my internship that will help me to find a job when I
graduate. The II-IV Foundation has shown me how much they care about me and the
other students. I honestly appreciate the support that the II-IV Foundation has given me."
-M. Houser '13
Michael is currently employed as Twin Aisle Propulsion Structures Engineer with Boeing in
|What makes the II-VI Foundation
Student Scholarship Unique?
|Words from Former
Typically, most first year students studying engineering are overwhelmed as they begin
college. The stress of challenging classes and a new lifestyle can be hindrances to
becoming a successful engineering student. I, however, am happy to say that I felt
confident when I entered my freshman year as a Mechanical Engineering major at Penn
State University, and I owe a great deal of success to the II-VI Foundation Scholarship.
The Foundation scholarship helped to relieve the financial burdens that accompanied
my college experience. Therefore, I was able to focus more intently on my studies with
fewer worries about funding. In addition to financial help, the II-VI Scholarship also taught
me problem solving skills. As an intern at Ritter Technology, LLC, I learned a variety of
useful skills, such as technical knowledge of hydraulics, strategies for success,
management, and most importantly, the ability to adapt to new situations. In school,
students can work out a problem that is given to them with relative ease without delving
too far into accompanying issues. However, in the real world, nothing is ever perfect. My
experience with the II-VI Scholarship and my related internship taught me to analyze the
effects of my decisions, while applying technical knowledge and a problem solving skill
set to issues that I encounter. I was able to learn this and more, because I interacted in
an industrial setting, allowing me to get hands-on experience with the fluid power
components that I was working with and learning about. So, when I entered college, I
was able to take the skills I developed in my internship into the classroom, which further
enhanced my studies. I am extremely grateful to the II-VI Foundation for their generosity
and dedication in providing me with the scholarship and employing a framework that has
contributed so much to my development, as well as Ritter Technology for providing me
with the internship that allowed me to qualify for the scholarship.
- Mimi Overbaugh '15
The II-VI Foundation has given me one of the greatest opportunities of my life. It has
given me the ability to see engineering in both the academic stage and in the real
world application, through the help of Marlow Industries, Inc. The II-VI Foundation has
helped me by providing this scholarship and assistance in expanding my knowledge
at Johns Hopkins University. It has inspired me to take up the challenge of completing
degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. This dual
degree is very challenging, but fun. It allows me to see the world in a Biological and a
Physical Sense. Through my work experience, I can see different aspects of
engineering relative to my academics and also the other way around. With my two
majors, I will be able to contribute in making the world a better place.
-Simon Ammanuel '15
I wanted to send my deepest appreciation to all of you for the support you have provided
over the past three years in the form of the II-VI Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship
allowed me to pursue my academics, internships and extra-curricular activities with
confidence, and I can't thank you enough for that.
I graduated from Penn State this past May with B.S. degrees in both Mechanical
Engineering and Nuclear Engineering, with honors in Mechanical Engineering. I also
successfully completed my term as the Nittany Lion Mascot.
I began my career in July as a Systems Integration Analyst for Accenture in Philadelphia.
The internship experiences, academic achievements and leadership pursuits which this
Foundation honors have all contributed to my receipt of this position. It is truly an
amazing program, awarding students for diligence in the field of engineering, and I am
very thankful for all of your support over the past three years. Thank you!
Robert Nellis '13
|The 2015 - 2016 scholarship cycle is closed.
Please check back in January for the new 2016 - 2017