November 14, 2023

Jim Colbridge Memorial Industry Scholarship

Application deadline is January 15, 2024.

Jim Colbridge, a Sales Manager at TELEMARK since 2012, was not only a mentor to all in the vacuum industry but also someone who radiated warmth, acceptance, and kindness by persistently shining a smile towards all whom he encountered. He passed away on August 19, 2018.

The SVCF, along with Jim’s friends and colleagues, have created this scholarship in his memory. TELEMARK generously contributed the initial $10,000 to ensure Jim’s vacuum science knowledge and legacy will live on. Jim will be forever missed but not forgotten.

To date, the Jim Colbridge Memorial Industry Scholarship has been awarded to three individuals. In 2019, Kent Thrift of AGC, Inc. received this scholarship. Kent was a Coatings Process Engineer at their Church Hill, Tennessee plant and was able to use the scholarship to attend tutorials at the SVC Techcon in Long Beach, California. In 2020, Phil Oliver, a Maintenance Supervisor with Cardinal CG in Waxahachie, Texas, received the award. Due to COVID, he was able to take on-line classes. Finally, in 2023, Konstantin Korotkov received the Scholarship. Konstantin is an Apprentice at Buhler Leybold Optics in Cary, North Carolina and was able to attend classes at the Washington, DC Techcon.

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