The New England Fiber Optic Council

The New England Fiberoptic Council (NEFC), a trade organization serving the fiber optic industry, is committed to the promotion of the regional fiber optic industry and the dissemination of information about fiber optics to the general public.

Since the mid-1990s, the Council has awarded $1000 scholarships to New England community college students entering their second year of schooling. The NEFC Board of Directors invites all eligible New England community colleges to participate. To participate, community colleges will need to appoint a faculty member to oversee the institution’s applications and award selection process. Faculty members interested in participating should contact Fenna Hanes to learn how.

Winning students will be notified in April, and scholarship winners will be recognized at an NEFC dinner meeting in May 2014.


The college must offer an associate degree program (s) that includes at least one required photonics/fiber optics course.

Students must:

  • Be enrolled in the associate degree program(s) that includes at least one required course in photonics/fiber optics.
  • Be a returning student in Fall 2014.
  • Have completed at least 12 credits in the degree program or related curriculum by Fall 2013.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended.

Check back to download the application, typically due in February.


LIGHT Scholarships

The Judith F. Donnelly and Nicholas M. Massa LIGHT Scholarship is awarded to students in the Laser and Fiber Optic Technology (LFOT) Associate Degree program at Three Rivers Community College (TRCC; Norwich, CT) and the Laser Electro-Optics Technology (LEOT) Associate Degree program at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC; Springfield, MA).

One $500 scholarship per institution per year is funded with proceeds from the textbook Light: An Introduction to Optics and Photonics written by professors Donnelly and Massa. The scholarship is administered by the New England Board of Higher Education.

Check back to download the application, typically due in April.

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