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.
To date, this scholarship has been awarded to eight students. If you would like to apply for 2024, the deadline is October 15: