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The Yaver Scholarship

The Joe and Agnete Yaver Memorial Scholarship

The Joe and Agnete Yaver Memorial Scholarship is intended for those seeking an advanced degree that provides “the business knowledge required to facilitate the advancement and application of optics and photonics research and technology.”

The scholarship is available to SPIE Members and staff seeking an advanced degree from an accredited organizational management program, such as those awarding master’s degrees in non-profit management, business administration, and technology management.

The scholarship honors the contributions and vision of the Yavers, who were instrumental to the technical and financial success of the Society.

Agnete and Joe Yaver

Joe Yaver, who died in November 2016, was the innovative executive director of SPIE from November 1969 until 1993. Agnete Yaver worked alongside her husband in building the foundation for SPIE’s current multidisciplinary, international scope, and advancing its mission.

Read the SPIE Professional article to learn more.

Learn more about Joe and Agnete's contributions to SPIE by downloading our booklet, Remembering Joe Yaver.

2019 Recipient Bethany Johns

SPIE Member Bethany Johns, manager of government relations and public policy at the American Institute of Physics received the 2019 Yaver Scholarship. She intends to use the award to become a Certified Association Executive (CAE), through the America Society of Association Executives. During her studies, she will maintain her current role with AIP.

Read the SPIE press release to learn more.

Bethany Johns
Chris Maloney

2018 Recipient Chris Maloney

Chris Maloney, a senior applications engineer at QED Technologies was the recipient of the inaugural Joe and Agnete Yaver Memorial Scholarship. Chris applied the scholarship toward the MBA program at Messiah College for Strategic Leadership.

Read the SPIE press release to learn more.

The Yaver Scholarship is one of several named SPIE scholarships that are funded by companies and individuals who partner with SPIE to serve its non-profit educational mission.

An amount of US$10,000 is awarded annually in May. 

The application period for 2020 will open in the fall of 2019.