Chestnut Hill, Mass. The New England Fiberoptic Council (NEFC), a regional professional organization committed to promoting the photonics and fiber optics industry, has announced the availability of scholarship money for college students interested in studying fiber optics. According to NEFC board member and educational chair, Fenna Hanes, the organization is currently offering $1000 to a qualified student who will be enrolled for the 2007-08 academic year. The award will be merit-based. NEFC will provide scholarship funds totaling $5000 over the course of 2007. Since the scholarship’s inception eight years ago, the organization has provided $44,000 in educational funds to regional students.

According to Hanes, scholarship benefits extend beyond just the money. “Students will also have the opportunity to attend all our monthly meetings for free and take advantage of the great networking opportunities they present,” she explained. “Also, they can participate, free of charge, in all the NEFC workshops at our annual FiberFest trade show in Marlborough, Massachusetts.” Hanes continued, “We’re also very interested in hearing from schools that are exploring ways of establishing a course in the future for their students.”

Students interested in applying for the scholarship can obtain eligibility requirements and download an application from NEFC’s web site at Community colleges and technical schools interested in participating in the scholarship program can contact Hanes at or by phone at 617-357-9620 x129.


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