Edmund Optics has announced the global expansion of its 3rd Annual Higher Education Grant Program. This programme, now reaching out to include university optics programmes in the Americas, Europe and Asia, will be giving away over $60,000 worth of product awards.
'Due to the overwhelming success of this programme in the US and Asia last year, we have increased the funding to extend the grant programme worldwide,' said Kirsten Bjork-Jones, director of global marketing communications. 'We are very pleased and encouraged by the success of this programme and remain solidly committed to supporting research and innovation at non-profit colleges and universities.'
In addition to the $22,500 award for the Americas, grant awards will be also be given to university programmes in Europe totaling 10,000€ in Edmund products (plus a trip to the Vision 2011 trade show in Stuttgart, Germany) and products totaling $22,500 US dollars in Asia.
Edmund's first grant programme in 2009, the EO University Bursary Grant Program, originated as part of the Singapore campaign for Southeast Asia. Monash University School of Physics in Victoria, Australia, was awarded S$5,000 (SGD) in Edmund products for their optical and astronomical research and teaching programmes. The second grant of S$10,000 (SGD) of Edmund product was awarded in 2010 to the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.
Edmund Optics will again award grants totaling $22,500 in EO product to three such programmes in the Americas in a continuing effort to support outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at non-profit colleges and universities. Criteria for the awards encompass the number of students and courses involved in the study of optics, specific projects, and the types of products which would be most useful. In the Americas, three will grants will be awarded in the following amounts:
- First Grant Award - $10,000 in products
- Second Grant Award - $7,500 in products
- Third Grant Award - $5,000 in products