James C. Morgan Announces the Success of His Million Dollar “Challenge Grant” for High Tech Industry Workforce Development

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — October 29, 2014 — James C. Morgan, chairman emeritus, Applied Materials, Inc., is pleased to announce that his challenge grant of $500,000 in donations to the SEMI Foundation has been met. The SEMI Foundation supports STEM education and promotes career awareness in the areas of semiconductor and high-tech manufacturing and technology.

The Morgan Challenge Matchmakers are:

  • Art Zafiropoulo, Ultratech
  • Rick Wallace, KLA-Tencor
  • Martin Anstice, Lam Research
  • Archie Hwang, Hermes Epitek
  • LT Guttadauro, Fab Owners Association
  • T. J. Rodgers
  • Urbanek Family Foundation

A celebration to mark the success of the challenge took place October 18 at Ferrari Silicon Valley, hosted by Art Zafiropoulo, CEO of Ultratech.  

Morgan pledged up to $500,000 to the SEMI Foundation and invited others in the high-tech industry to join him in contributing in blocks of $50,000 or more during the SEMI Press Conference at SEMICON West 2014. Morgan matched every contribution of $50,000 or more.  

“I’m pleased and honored by the generosity of the donors in meeting my challenge grant,” said Jim Morgan. “They will make it possible for thousands of young people to learn about the importance of math, science and the opportunities in high-tech careers through the phenomenal High Tech U program. Now the  High Tech U program can proceed to the next level and achieve even greater impact.”

Through High Tech U, the SEMI Foundation has conducted more than 173 programs for both students and teachers with a combined impact on more than 350,000 individuals.  High Tech U programs consist of a three-day “hands-on” science-based curricula and interactive professional skills development program. SEMI held 20 programs in 2013 in Europe, Japan, Korea and the United States.  The Foundation plans to expand the impact of the High Tech U franchise through enhanced program development, portal-based student engagement and tracking, industry employment information assistance and other improvements.

“We’re thrilled by Jim Morgan’s efforts to raise money for  SEMI, our industry, and the youth who will occupy high-tech careers in the future” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “Many thanks to the donors who stepped up and met his challenge grant.”

Morgan has an extensive history in business and philanthropy. He is chairman emeritus of Applied Materials. He previously served as chairman of the board from 1987 to 2009, and as chief executive officer from 1977 to 2003. Morgan is the recipient of the 1996 National Medal of Technology, IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s “Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award.” Morgan was vice chairman of the President’s Export Council in 2003. He was appointed to the 2002 U.S.-Japan private Sector Government Commission. From 1996 to 1997, Morgan served on the Commission on U.S. Pacific Trade and Investment Policy. From 1988 to 1992, he served on the National Advisory Committee on Semiconductors.

For more information on the SEMI Foundation and High Tech U, visit www.semi.org/Foundation

About the SEMI Foundation

The SEMI Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization founded in 2001 to support education and career awareness in the fields of high technology through scholarships and career exploration programs — SEMI High Tech U for high school students and SEMI High Tech U Teacher Edition.  For information, visit:www.semi.org/foundation.

About SEMI

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains. Our 1,900 SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

Lisa Anderson/SEMI Foundation

Email: landerson@semi.org

Phone:  408.482.5235

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