NAACP of New York and Veeco Announce 2021 STEM Education Scholarship Recipients

News | Aug 04, 2021

Plainview, N.Y. and New York, N.Y., August 4, 2021—Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) today announced the recipients of the inaugural the NAACP NYS – VEECO STEM Scholarship fund. The scholarships were awarded in partnership with the New York State chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and tailored towards individuals pursuing a degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Recipients of the $5,000 finalist award include:

  • Loren Hunt, a 2021 Westbury High School graduate who will be studying computer science at Cornell University.
  • Zen Chi T Ho Sang, a 2021 Central Islip High School graduate who will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study aerospace engineering.

Recipients of the $500 semi-finalist scholarship award include:

  • Jaden Wedner, a 2021 South Huntington High School graduate who will be studying computer security at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Russell Antwi, a 2021 Central Islip High School graduate who will be studying biology at Howard University.

“We are proud to contribute to such a worthwhile cause and to help some of Long Island’s brightest young minds pursue their STEM careers,” commented William J. Miller, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Veeco. “The number of applications we received was remarkable and, while the decision process was challenging, we are confident that Loren, Zen, Jaden and Russell will make terrific contributions to their chosen fields. We thank the NAACP of New York for granting us this opportunity and we look forward to continuing this rewarding partnership.”

The recipients were chosen from Long Island, where Veeco’s corporate headquarters are located. Applicants had to be affiliated with the NYS NAACP, June 2021 high school graduates and entering their freshman year of college in 2021.

“The NAACP works tirelessly to ensure that every disadvantaged student and student of color graduates ready for college or a career by ensuring access to great teaching, equitable resources and challenging curriculum,” said Christine Waters, Education Chair, NAACP New York State Conference. “That work is rewarded when we are able to grant a student of color the resources required to help them achieve their goals. We thank Veeco for their contributions, resources and efforts in helping make education a little bit easier for high performing students looking to education themselves in the STEM areas.”

About Veeco
Veeco (NASDAQ: VECO) is an innovative manufacturer of semiconductor process equipment. Our proven ion beam, laser annealing, lithography, MOCVD and single wafer etch & clean technologies play an integral role in the fabrication and packaging of advanced semiconductor devices. With equipment designed to optimize performance, yield and cost of ownership, Veeco holds leading technology positions in the markets we serve. To learn more about Veeco’s systems and service offerings, visit

About The NAACP New York State Conference
The NAACP New York State Conference has been a vital programmatic component of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 84 of the 111-year history of the oldest, most effective and most respected civil rights organization in the Nation. The New York State Conference has played a pivotal role in moving the agenda for freedom and equality forward under the leadership of dynamic State Conference Presidents, each of whom addressed critical issues during their tenure. Learn more at

To the extent that this news release discusses expectations or otherwise makes statements about the future, such statements are forward-looking and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include the risks discussed in the Business Description and Management’s Discussion and Analysis sections of Veeco’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and press releases. Veeco does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

Veeco Media Contact
Kevin Long | (516) 714-3978 |

NAACP New York State Conference Contact
Christine Waters |

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