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

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — October 27, 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 was 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, Cypress Semiconductors
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 committed to pledging 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 is matching 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.

About SEMI High Tech U

SEMI High Tech U provides secondary school students with an intensive three/four day, industry-led introduction to the high tech industry, potential career paths and education requirements to meet their goals.

Students and teachers participate in hands-on activities that focus on topics including statistics, nanotechnology, solar and alternative energy technologies, electronics and mathematics. Students also work on soft skills and participate in mock job interviews with industry professionals. Students also have the opportunity to find out about local college and university options.

Students who attend SEMI High Tech U are 14-17. Applicants do not have to be an "A" student. All secondary students who have an interest in high-tech are encouraged to apply. There is no cost for a student to attend. 

Teachers who are interested in attending SEMI High Tech U Teacher Edition should contact the SEMI Foundation at semifoundation@semi.org for more information.

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