Undergraduate Scholarships

Applications for the 2021-2022 scholarship cycle are available NOW!




Students who have already received a scholarship are under the former

requirement of a minimum GPA of 3.2.

II-VI FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES IN RESPONSETO COVID-19 PANDEMICThe II-VI Foundation Scholarship requires completion of 360 hours work experience in an industrial setting. Although this requirement remains in effect, we understand the duration of the pandemic may impact the availability of work experiences to complete these required hours. At this time it is unknown how long this quarantine may last and how it will impact our scholarship students. We encourage our applicants to discuss opportunities for available hours with their employers, including the possibility of work done remotely. We will take into consideration individual circumstances and challenges in meeting this requirement due to the pandemic. Decisions on eligibility will be made on a case-by-case basis with verification from the employer of available hours. Requests for special consideration of individual circumstances should be sent to info@ii-vifoundation.com .


  • 360 Hours Work Experience

  • Academic Achievement (3.3 or above GPA and for freshmen an SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 26)

  • Essay Composition

  • Personal Interview

  • No Record of Disciplinary Issues


June 1st - Application Deadline

July 1st, 1:00 PM - Documentation Deadline

(Please see the Guidelines document for what is required for each deadline.)

Codes for freshmen to order testing scores:

SAT Code #6347

ACT Code #7950


The II-VI Foundation Scholarship is designed to fulfill our mission of encouraging and enabling students entering the fields of science, engineering and mathematics at the undergraduate level. It is available to students in bachelor degree programs, not for students studying for a certificate or associates degree. The scholarship opportunity is available to Freshmen, Sophomore and Juniors who are applying for the first time. Seniors who are applying to renew their scholarships are eligible.

Scholarships are limited to students entering the fields of engineering, mathematics and science. The competition for the II-VI Foundation Scholarship is getting tougher each year. Of primary interest to the II-VI Foundation are students majoring in the fields of electrical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science engineering, mathematics, and mechanical engineering. However, at the discretion of the Scholarship Selection Committee, industrial engineering, computer science engineering and other engineering disciplines may be acceptable, depending on the quality of the work experience. Civil engineers, architectural engineers, software engineers, computer science majors, petroleum engineers and students in a pre-med program are excluded.

Students applying for the first time must have and then maintain a 3.3 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 1200 or a minimum composite ACT score of 26. If you received a scholarship prior to the 2020 cycle you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 to apply again.

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.

For the 2021 scholarship cycle all freshmen applicants are eligible for UP TO a $5,000 scholarship.

Upper class candidates are eligible for UP TO a $10,000 scholarship. The II-VI Foundation Scholarship is restricted to use for tuition, books and fees by the IRS.

MEETING THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY GUARANTEE YOU WILL BE A RECIPIENT. This is a competition and a limited number of scholarships are available.


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 scholarships.

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. 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 that year. In 2016 the Board altered the scholarship amounts. Students entering their freshmen year are eligible for UP TO $5,000 with upper class students being eligible for UP TO $10,000.

This year 40 students were awarded scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications came in from across the world to compose a very strong group of scholarship winners. 18% of the 2020-21 domestic awardees maintained a 4.0 GPA. 75% of our domestic scholarship awardees maintained a 3.6 or above. 28 scholarships were awarded domestically and 12 internationally.


"I am incredibly grateful for the generous contributions the II-VI Foundation has made towards my efforts to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for my undergraduate education. As a result of such contributions, I was afforded the opportunity to pursue a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. At MIT, I have learned a plethora of lessons about architecting robust and cutting-edge hardware and software systems including web applications, a fully-electric formula-one racecar, and both aerial and ground autonomous vehicles. With the direction of the II-VI Foundation, I was encouraged to apply my skills while working for several engineering companies as a software intern for the MITRE Corporation, Cyclops.io, and Uber Engineering. It is undeniably clear to me now that this principal idea of practicing what one learns in an industry setting is paramount to one’s growth in the technology field. Often in college, the work finishes once the grade is recorded, but in the real world one’s work is a reflection of one’s ability to think ahead; to anticipate the rapid changes in the technological field and the maintainability and scalability of the proposed solution. This is a form of education academic institutions have trouble matching, and yet programs like the II-VI Foundation, I believe, understand its importance and encourage it. For that, I am extremely appreciative.

The next steps in my career after finishing my undergraduate degree are to complete a master's degree at MIT in Artificial Intelligence and go on to solve some of the hardest problems in the field including improving the safety of autonomous vehicles and applying AI in contexts that will make people’s lives better.

Again I would just like to personally thank the very kind people of the II-VI Foundation Scholarship Program including Susan Zuk and Richard Purnell for the fantastic support over the years in my pursuit of an engineering career.


Sebastian Lopez-Cot

Massachusetts Institute of Technology '19

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

I cannot adequately express how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to work at II-VI Incorporated and be supported by the II-VI Foundation. I have come so far as an engineer and as a person over the last 4 years. I was able to do so because the Foundation believes in students’ ability to change and improve the world: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person at some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Dr. Johnson had a vision to change the world when beginning his career, and students like myself have similar aspirations. With scholarship support for college students, Calcu-Solve competitions for high school students, and Summer Science Splash Camps for middle school students, the II-VI Foundation demonstrates a commitment to help today’s STEM scholars change our world.

With the help of the Foundation, I am a rising senior at the Pennsylvania State University studying Chemical Engineering and Spanish. The technical and communication experience that I have accrued through the program has propelled me into engineering and philanthropic leadership roles at the University. As of the spring of 2019, I am on Co-Op at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge Refinery. In addition, I will be working at Phillips 66’s headquarters in Houston during the summer of 2019. I thank and congratulate the II-VI Foundation for enhancing the lives of young scientists and engineers across the United States and around the world.

Ben Thoma '20

Penn State University

I am sincerely grateful for all that the II-VI Foundation has given me through its support over the last two years; it has meant the world to my family and me. I am currently a Junior pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Technology and Management at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I have been challenged in my academics and my work outside of the classroom, learning many important lessons about responsibility, problem solving and leadership. Having two professional work experiences under my belt has also given me confidence in pursuing my career aspirations. Over the last two years, I have been motivated to push myself to my limit and take hold of every opportunity I see. I cannot express how instrumental this generous scholarship has been in helping me get to this place in my personal, academic and professional education.

I am so thankful for the role the II-VI Foundation and all of those working here have played in encouraging me to continue my education outside of school and motivate me to accomplish the goals I set for myself,. I am excited to continue learning and growing over these next few semesters!

After the impact the Foundation has had in my life, I would encourage any eligible student to apply.


Therese Jaggard '20

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The II-VI Foundation Scholarships have had profound impact on my academic and professional development, through my studies in Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and internships at Nucor Steel and Carpenter Technology Corporation. The II-VI Foundation’s continued support of my academic and engineering career has given me the freedom to pursue my studies, research on campus, and extra-curricular activities during the school-year while gaining technical experience through summer internships. My internships have given me a wide range of applied engineering experiences, which provide a strong background for my future career in Materials Science and Engineering and have helped me to determine which types and settings of engineering careers I would most like to pursue.After graduating with my Bachelors degree in May, I plan to pursue a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, as the next step towards my goal of a career in metallurgy R&D and alloy design.

Mari-Therese Burton '19

Carnegie Mellon University

As I venture into my future career in Aerospace Engineering, I will continue to recognize the impact of the II-VI Foundation on students and visionaries like me. Having been a part of two companies devoted to building high-voltage power lines truly enriched my ability to tackle a variety of technical challenges.The most fundamental expectation of a world like the Aerospace industry is achieving a standard of excellence and quality. This is precisely what the II-VI Foundation seeks, and I have managed to understand how difficult it is to achieve these standards during my time at Georgia Tech. My greatest take-away has been that every minor detail is extremely significant and that human lives depend on that attention to detail.

The II-VI Foundation has allowed me to apply the motivation I have to see a world with safer, more reliable and more advanced aerospace vehicles. I owe the Foundation my infinite gratitude for helping me convert my childhood dream into reality; a dream of contributing to aerospace awareness and advancements, and ultimately for all of humanity.

Lorenzo Capasso '20

Georgia Institute of Technology

I cannot give enough praise to the II-VI Foundation for their guidance and financial support during my pursuit of higher education at Penn State University. Because of the generous scholarship afforded to me by the foundation, I have the opportunity to invest deeply in both academics and extra-curricular activities. In my past two years with the II-VI Foundation, my conversations with Richard Purnell, Eric Kofmehl, and Susan Zuk have helped guide my collegiate path and encouraged me to expand my involvement beyond pure academics.Outside of pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, I am the President of The Penn State Blue Band. Through this extra-curricular, I am forming memories that will last a lifetime. Beyond Penn State, I spend my summers exploring industry. With support from the team at the II-VI Foundation, I have experienced positions in quality assurance, manufacturing engineering, and, after the summer of 2019, field engineering.

The II-VI Foundation has been my gateway to a fruitful collegiate experience, and I cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support.

Caleb Martin '20

BS Mechanical Engineering

Pennsylvania State University 2020

2021 Cost and Commitment Form.docx
2021 Renewal Scholarship Application.docx
2021 Guidelines for completing the Scholarship App.doc
2021 New Scholarship Application.docx