Founding Principle

One of the SVC’s long-term goals has always been to support charitable, educational, and scientific activities. The SVC Foundation was established in July 2002 to help realize this goal.

The SVC Foundation

As its first initiative, the Foundation created a scholarship program aimed at supporting enterprising students and practitioners who have an interest in furthering their education in the field of vacuum coating technology.

The Foundation also grants travel awards to students to attend and present technical papers at the annual SVC Technical Symposium.  Since its inception, both programs have awarded nearly $500,000 in scholarships to students from around the world. By 2020 our annual awards approach almost $50,000 in scholarships and travel grants.

We are striving to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Corporate Information

Board of Directors

Gary Vergason
Chair / Development Chair
Vergason Technology
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James N. Hilfiker
Past Chair 
J.A. Woollam Co.
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Lee Howell
Treasurer / Finance Chair
Kurt J. Lesker Company
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John Felts
Founder / Strategic Planning Chair
Nano Scale Surface Systems, Inc.
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Sarah Williams
Special Events Chair
Sputtering Components
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Jason M. Rogers
Marketing Chair
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Patrick Morse
Scholarship Chair
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Traci Langevin
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Nancy Louwagie
Normandale Community College
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Christopher A. Johnson
Materion Corporation
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Jessica L. Hilton
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