Soileau Family - SPIE Optics and Photonics Undergraduate Scholarship

The Soileau Family – SPIE Optics and Photonics Undergraduate Scholarship is open to undergraduate Photonic Science and Engineering students.
Students can receive up to $2500 awarded over four semesters, dependent on maintaining a 3.0 GPA and making satisfactory progress in the major through the following courses, without a break (excluding summer):

  • MAC 2312,
  • MAC 2313,
  • MAP 2302,
  • OSE 3052,
  • and an additional 3000 or 4000 Level OSE-prefix required course.

A maximum number of awarded semesters is four, allowing students some flexibility in when they can apply since there is a sequence of five courses available.
However, funding ends after the completion of the second OSE-prefix course, regardless of when the funding started. Consequently, not all students will receive full funding of $2500.

Funding Levels:
Semester in which each class is taken | Funding Amount
MAC 2312 | $500
MAC 2313 | $500
MAP 2302 | $500
OSE 3052 | $1000
OSE XXXX | $1000 (3000 or 4000 level OSE – prefixed required course)

Eligibility criteria:

  • Photonic Science and Engineering Pending or Major
  • Currently enrolled or have completed MAC 2311C, Calculus I
  • A 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. (See your myKnight Audit)
  • A 3.0 or higher GPA in Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry courses.

Preference given to:

  • First Generation in College Student
  • Unmet financial need (as outlined here:

Continuation Criteria

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA or higher each semester in Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering coursework
  • Making expected progress in the PSE major in Fall and Spring semesters, without a break in Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering coursework.

Maximum cumulative award is $2500
Awards given only in Fall and Spring Semesters

Supplemental Questions
  1. Which of the following courses are you currently enrolled in?