WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The OSA Foundation (OSAF) today announced the successful completion of the Paul A. Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship fundraising campaign, surpassing the total fundraising goal of $190,000. The need-based scholarship will enable undergraduate students enrolled in engineering or physical science programs to attend semester-abroad programs offered through their college or university.
Established in 2011, the scholarship honors the late optical communications expert and Morgan Keegan analyst Paul Bonenfant, a dedicated member of the technical program committee for the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) and speaker at OFC/NFOEC for many years. Bonenfant spent his career in various capacities from engineering to investment banking, and recognized the critical need for international experiences to promote global engagement and collaboration and expand an individualâ€™s total worldview.
The fundraising campaign was bolstered by an anonymous donor who matched donations up to $62,000, as well as a series of 5K runs organized by Kelly Skelton, son of Lightwave magazine staffer Kathleen Skelton, along with telecom marketing agency Pacific Bridge Marketing and OSA Foundation staff.