Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Student Travel Fellowship

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Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) have partnered to present the BSK Student Travel Fellowship at the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) annual meeting in Chicago, November 2017.

One grant, in the amount of $750, will be awarded annually. 

Travel Fellowship applications are evaluated by the Academy’s Membership Committee.  

Award and Eligibility:

  • Student MUST be a member of the American Academy of Optometry. To become a student member, complete the online Student Application Form.
  • Student MUST be a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) International Optometric Honor Society.
  • Optometry students who are currently enrolled full-time as a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year student.

Application Requirements:

  • Short essay (300 - 500 words) on the subject "Why I want to attend the AAO meeting and how it will help me contribute to the profession in the fututre." 
  • Being a presenter of a paper or poster is desired but not required. Please submit a copy of the accepted paper or poster abstract, if applicable.

Materials MUST be submitted online by the deadline date (shown below) using the online submission tool. Applications that remain incomplete after the deadline date will not be evaluated. 

Program Notes:

Although students can apply to attend a meeting for which they have previously been awarded a travel fellowship, priority may be given to first-time awardees.

It is the standard policy of the AAOF that program recipients who receive as part of their award, a travel stipend to attend an event, cannot receive a second or duplicate travel stipend from the Foundation or its affiliate, the AAO.

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision prior to the Academy annual meeting. The award checks will be presented to the awardees during the meeting. Recipients are required to attend both the BSK meeting (time/date to be determined) and the AAOF Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM to receive their award checks.

All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AAOF 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.

Opens July 3, 2017
July 31, 2017

Please direct all questions regarding this program to:

Betty Rogriguez @ or Jennifer Rubin, Foundatin Coordinator @