15 October 2021
Lumentum awards 16 scholarships in first annual Diversity Scholarship program
Lumentum Holdings Inc of San Jose, CA (which designs and makes photonic products for optical networks and lasers in industrial and consumer markets) has awarded its first Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) scholarships to 16 applicants from its 2021 internship program. The goal is to increase educational opportunities to diverse students from under-represented groups in the high-tech sector.
For many students, a barrier in higher education is the rising cost of tuition and, particularly for under-represented minority students, it is a disproportionate burden. The annual DIB Scholarship program is a new initiative and part of Lumentum’s broader DIB program formalized two years ago. To provide financial support and increase opportunities to those who need it the most, each recipient is provided with a $10,000 scholarship to their respective university or college.
“Our scholarship program is only one part of our larger commitment to increase diverse representation in education and upcoming talent,” says Chuwanda Thigpen, VP of talent & chief diversity officer. “We have partnered with several universities to expand opportunities for under-represented students, including a $30,000 endowed scholarship to the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida. Our effort to foster diversity from the very start – during education – is an investment in our culture of innovation and our vision to create a brighter future.”
Lumentum scholarship applicants are required to complete a 12-week paid summer internship and be enrolled in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degree program in any major. Although not essential to qualify, the firm is prioritizing students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and are active members in a diversity-focused professional club for women, Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, or another under-represented group. Currently, the program is based in the USA but the firm plans to expand globally next year. Lumentum’s 2022 DIB Scholarship Program is now accepting applications.