The SVC Foundation is very thankful for our generous donors, many of which have established perpetual funds for either the College or Industry Scholarships.

Helen & Rolf Illsley Scholarship

Established 2007

Support Type College Scholarships

Rolf Illsley was co-founder of Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc., (OCLI) and then President & Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 1991. Helen joined OCLI in 1963, as Rolf’s assistant, and remained with the company until 1989 when Helen and Rolf married. OCLI was purchased by JDS Uniphase in 2000.

The Helen and Rolf Illsley fund is a reflection of Rolf’s commitment to helping the vacuum coating industry continue to grow.

John B. Fenn, Sr. Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Established 2007

Support Type College Scholarships

John Bennett Fenn received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for development of electrospray Ionization (ESI), an important technique used in mass spectrometry.

John gave the Plenary Address at the 2004 SVC TechCon. Coupled with the interests of his son John B. Fenn, Jr., a long-time participant in the SVC, led to the creation of this scholarship. Committed to education and to solving problems of a practical and useful nature, he felt the SVC was a good venue for finding students with the same inclination

Bernard Henry AIMCAL-SVC Scholarship

Established 2009

Support Type College Scholarships

AIMCAL and the SVC, with participation of many donors, established The Bernard Henry AIMCAL and SVC Scholarship Fund in honor of the late Bernard Henry.

Bernard Henry made major contributions to science with his work on flexible gas barrier materials. From 2000, Bernard began work on polymer solar cells where he focused interest on transparent conducting materials like TiO2 and ZnO. Bernard also maintained a very active interest in the thin film barrier field and in 2006 became project manager for the production-scale web coater facility in the Oxford Materials Department.

J.A. Woollam Company Scholarship

Established 2016

Support Type College Scholarships

John A. Woollam is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Nebraska in Physics and Electrical Engineering. His research has focused on the study of thin films which led to his involvement in spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). In 1987, he founded the J.A. Woollam Company to develop and enhance the state-of-the-art in SE instruments.

His dedication to science education involves funding and involvement in programs for middle-school through post-doctoral education levels. He strongly supports the SVC Foundation’s goal of encouraging students to continue advanced science education and get the excellent opportunity to present their work at the SVC TechCon.

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October 15, 2021

(for 2022 calendar year)

industry Scholarship


January 22, 2022

(for 2022 educational opportunities)

Student Travel Sponsorship


October 8, 2021

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