Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grants

Award and Eligibility

The Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant(s) are intended to increase interest and reward excellence in the field of low vision at North American schools and colleges of optometry. One, $2,000 grants, will be awarded in 2017.

Only one proposal for application to the grant program will be accepted from each eligible school or college of optometry.

The Educational Grant(s) may be used to provide care, to support personnel, to provide equipment or to fill any other need in the field of low vision as identified by the institution and consistent with the AAOF mission. Grant funding will be made by the AAOF directly to the institution or the affiliated foundation based on the institution’s proposal of use consistent with the AAOF mission. Unique, innovative, and non-repetitive proposals are encouraged.

The primary investigator (PI) or project leader must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).

A one-page progress/results report must be submitted to the AAOF within one year of the award or the applicant and/or institution become ineligible for funding subsequent years.

A list of past recipients and projects appear at the bottom of this page.

Application Procedures 

Opens April 8, 2017
Deadline June 1, 2017

Applications should include the purpose of the Educational Grant, the low vision services provided by the institution, and a brief budget. A letter of endorsement by the Dean or President/Director of the school/ college is optional. Applications must be submitted by e-mail (preferably in PDF format) to AAOF@aaoptom.org and be formatted as follows:

  • Cover letter consisting of proposal title, full contact information for the institution and lead administrator for the project (including degrees)(1 page)

  • Proposal with institution services provided (2-3 pages)

  • Budget explanation (1 page)

  • Letter of endorsement by the Dean or President/Director of the school/ college (optional)

Applications will receive a confirmation receipt by e-mail from the Foundation within 1-3 business days of the submission.  If you do not receive a confirmation contact the AOF office to ensure the application is received.

Review Procedures

Applications will be reviewed by the an ad-hoc committee established by the AAOF in consultation with the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry.  

Recognition of Awardees

The recipients will be recognized at the AAOF Celebration Luncheon during the American Academy of Optometry's Annual Meeting.

All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AOF and/or the sponsor of the program to which they applied to publish their name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient. These may appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AAOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials.

For additional information about this award and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation, contact Jennifer Rubin, Foundation Coordinator, at  AAOF@aaoptom.org or  321-319-4870


Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant Past Recipients:

2016: Tammy LaBreche, BSc, OD -New England College of Optometry / Applying online peer-led case-based learning to improve clinical reasoning in Low Vision rehabilitation.

2016: Richard Jamara, OD, FAAO -University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science / Enhanced Experiential Learning of Rehabilitation for Acquired Brian Injury.

2015: Elli J. Kollbaum, OD, FAAO - Indiana University School of Optometry / Virtual Low Vision Patient Encounters Project: 21st Century Case-Based Learning (VLVPEP).

2015: Marc Taub, OD, MS, FAAO - Southern College of Optometry / Intensive Workshop for Optometric Interns in Effectively Taking Low Vision Patient History.

2014:  Tracy Matchinski, OD, FAAO - Illinois College of Optometry/ Enhancement of Clinical Low Vision Rehabilitation Skills in the Laboratory Setting with Experience Patients with Visually Impairment.

2013:  Sarah Hinkley, OD, FCOVD - Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University /Interprofessional Collaboration in Vision Rehabilitation for Student Education and Patient Care.

2013:  Marsha S. Snow, OD and Lei Liu, PhD - University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry / A High-Tech Visual Impairment Demonstration Class for Optometry Residents and Students.

2012:  David Lewerenz, OD, FAAO - Northeastern State University Oklahoma, College of Optometry / Preparing Student Interns for the Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinical Experience.

2012:  Rebecca Krammer, OD, FAAO - Southern California College of Optometry / Entry to Low Vision Rehabilitation: Student Motivation and Patient Access.

2012:  Marc Taub, OD, MS, FAAO - Southern College of Optometry /Transforming Commercial 21st Century Technology into Assistive Technology for Low Vision Education and Patient Care.