The Antoinette M. Molinari Scholarship was established to assist an exceptional student who has extraordinary financial needs and, as such, would have difficulty meeting the financial requirements of attending optometry school. Financial need is a major criteria for selection, but academic and leadership potential are also important considerations.
One scholarship of $6,000 will be awarded for the academic year. The award is made to the institution, who credits the scholarship to the student. The scholarship rotates among the U.S. schools and colleges of optometry, including Puerto Rico. To see if your school is eligible for this year, review the list below.
This scholarship is open to students holding a first through third year status currently enrolled in an accredited optometry program. Eligible applicants are students pursuing a Doctorate of Optometry through a full-time course of study in and who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 (4 point scale) or higher for all course work taken thus far in optometry school. This scholarship is not open to residents, post-doctoral applicants or pre-Optometry students.
Application and Review Procedures
The AOF informs the institutions designated for the current year's program that it may seek candidates. The application form may be downloaded and shared with potential candidates. Students are asked to complete the application, contact the appropriate individuals for references, authorize the release of an official transcript and write a one page statement describing their education and career objectives.
The attending institution is responsible for reviewing the application for content, providing supportive authorization and transmitting the materials to the Foundation by the deadline.
The Molinari Family, in collaboration with a designated review committee, will select the scholarship recipient based on financial need, academic and leadership potential.
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION IS JUNE 20, 2014.
Look for the 2014 Antoinette M. Molinari Memorial Scholarship Application to be posted in April, 2014.
Application materials (aside from the transcript that is mailed) must be sent in an electronic format (preferably a PDF) to the Foundation at: AOF@aaoptom.org by COB, June 20, 2014. Please include the words "Molinari" and the "institution name" in the subject title.
Mail the official transcript to:
The Antoinette M. Molinari Memorial Scholarship
c/o Tracy Kitts, Foundation Coordinator
American Optometric Foundation
2909 Fairgreen Street
Orlando, FL 32803
An email confirming receipt of your electronic application submission is given within 1-3 business days. If you do not receive an email, please make query to: AOF@aaoptom.org prior to the submission deadline, thank you.
Prior to window open, guidelines for any given program are subject to change by the AOF and/or the award sponsor. Applicants are reminded to please review all information before submitting their application to ensure it meets all criteria.
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 will appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials.
|-Illinois College of Optometry||-Indiana University School of Optometry|
-MCPHS School of Optometry
-Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry
|-Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry|
|-New England College of Optometry||-Michigan College of Optometry|
|-Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry||-Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry|
|-Pacific University College of Optometry||-Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University|
|-Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University||-Southern College of Optometry|
|-SUNY College of Optometry||-The Ohio State University College of Optometry|
|-University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry||-University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry|
|-University of Houston College of Optometry||-Univ. of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry|
|-University of Missouri -St. Louis College of Optometry||-Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry|
Past Recipients of the Molinari Award
2001: Jennifer (Tarpley) Martin - University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry
2002: Jennifer (Roehm) Simonson - The Ohio State University, College of Optometry
2003: Felicia (Taylor) Popowski - Pacific University College of Optometry
2004: Jennifer Lynn Stewart - New England College of Optometry
2005: Guadalupe Mejia - Indiana University, School of Optometry
2006: Candice Robinson - New England College of Optometry
2007: Meredith Jansen - Indiana University, School of Optometry
2008: Marc Kenneth Lay - SUNY College of Optometry
2009: Erin Hocking - Southern College of Optometry
2010: Betty Wang -University of California - Berkeley, School of Optometry
2011: Ellen Owen Elmore - Southern College of Optometry
2012: Kasie Jean Rust - Pacific University College of Optometry
2013: Charlene Singh - Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry