|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
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.
The 2013 scholarships were awarded to a particularly stellar
group of students, who topped a field of ninety-six applicants
that proved to be the most competitive yet in the history of the
program. Fifty-six scholarships were awarded. Four
awardees maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. Of the total
awardees, 87 percent had a GPA of 3.5 or higher and 61
percent had a 3.7 GPA or higher.
Will you be the next scholarship winner in 2014?
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.
However, scholarship opportunities are directed toward
students pursuing degrees in electrical, industrial, chemical,
nuclear, mechanical, material science engineering and related
engineering and science disciplines. 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.
Students applying for the first time 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.
One very unique aspect of the II-VI Foundation Scholarship is
the requirement of nine (9) weeks 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.
|What do the current Student Scholars
have to say?
"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
-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
|Check back in December for new scholarship
applications, deadlines and guidelines.
Our academic and work experience requirements
will not be changing.