Scholarships
Student Travel Fellowships
Recognition Awards

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Administrator

Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care

Sponsored by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson Vision each year, this $500 award is given to recognize outstanding 4th year student clinicians who have demonstrated excellence in contact lens patient care during their optometric education. One award per year for each school/college of optometry.

Nominee must be a 4th year student and a member of the Academy. Nominee must represent outstanding clinical patient care as demonstrated by his/her overall knowledge in contact lens field and skillful, considerate clinical patient care of his/her contact lens patients. Each school/college of optometry will select an awardee.

February 1 – April 1, 2018

 

NO INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS
(SCHOOL SELECTED)

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

VSP and AAOF Practice Excellence Scholarship

VSP Global® has partnered with the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) to provide scholarships for optometry students at every school and college of optometry in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The scholarships will be funded through the VSP Global companies Eyes of Hope® Global Charitable Fund and administered by the AAOF. Each scholarship carries $3,250 in scholarship money and a $750 travel grant to attend Academy meeting.

VSP, through the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), will make two awards of $4,000 each to two students entering their fourth year (graduating class of 2017) at each of the institutions of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico.

July 15 – August 15, 2018

NO INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS
(SCHOOL SELECTED)

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

VSP and FYI Doctors – AAOF Practice Excellence Scholarships

VSP, ® in partnership FYidoctors, has joined forces with the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) to provide scholarships to optometry students at two schools of optometry in Canada. Each scholarship carries $750 in scholarship money and a $750 travel grant to attend the Academy meeting.

Two scholarships to students entering their fourth year (graduating class of 2017) at each of the two institutions of optometry in Canada.

July 15 – August 15, 2018

NO INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS
(SCHOOL SELECTED)

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

Recognizes students who best demonstrate the ideal eye care standards of practice, achievement in both academic performance and extra-curricular activities, and participate with other professional pursuits such as involvement with patients through internships, community service, and other volunteer activities.

This award is bestowed annually to a second or third year optometry student at each of the North American Schools and colleges of optometry.

July 15 – August 15, 2018

NO INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS
(SCHOOL SELECTED)

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

Vincent Salierno Scholarship

Between two and five scholarships of $2,000 are awarded for each academic year with the award going to the school or college for application to the student’s financial aid.

The scholarship rotates among the North American schools and colleges of optometry. First, second, third, and fourth year students pursuing a Doctorate of Optometry degree are nominated by his/her institution for this scholarship. The students must be enrolled in a full-time course of study and must have a 3.0 (“B”) average for all course work taken thus far in optometry school.

July 15 – August 15, 2018

NO INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS
(SCHOOL SELECTED)

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

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AAOF Student Giving Matching Travel Grants

Travel awards in the amount of $750. To increase AAOF student participation, create a climate of giving back to the profession, and promote involvement in American chapters at North-American Schools and Colleges of optometry.

Students are challenged to raise, either through gifts by fellow students or by fundraising initiatives, $750. The AAOF would then match that amount so the AAO student chapter would be able to award two travel fellowships to the next AAO annual meeting. Students cannot petition or ask their institution, faculty, or industry, to provide the funds. This program is to facilitate student giving.

January 1 – June 15, 2017

 

NO INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS
(SCHOOL SELECTED)

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

ARVO Student Travel Fellowship Grant

Travel awards are available in the amount of $750 to attend the Association for Research and Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting.

Candidates are awarded primarily for accomplishment and potential in optometric research and education. Academic abilities, including clinical abilities if relevant, are considered. Being the presenter of a paper or poster at the ARVO meeting is required.

2018 TBA

American Academy of Optometry

Frank W. Weymouth Student Travel Fellowship Grant

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Top 2 candidates awarded primarily for accomplishments or potential in optometric or vision research. Academic abilities, including clinical abilities if relevant, are considered.Paper/poster required?

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry

Irvin M. Borish Student Travel Fellowship Grant

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Top 2 candidates awarded primarily for accomplishments or potential in optometric or vision research. Academic abilities, including clinical abilities if relevant, are considered.Paper/poster required?

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry

Brazelton Low Vision Student Travel Fellowship Grant

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Awarded to student primarily for accomplishment or potential in optometric Low Vision research. Academic abilities, including clinical abilities if relevant, are considered. Paper/poster required?

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry

Edward I. Goodlaw Travel Fellowship Grant

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Awarded to a Student or Resident. Candidate in the field of Low Vision. If an appropriate application is not received in Low Vision in a particular year, candidate in the field of Contact Lenses will be considered. Paper/poster required?

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry

Michael G. Harris Student Travel Fellowship Grant (AOSA President)

A travel award in the amount of $750 to recognize those optometric students who show outstanding promise to the profession of optometry as evidenced by their leadership in the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA).

Awarded to the current President of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA).

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry

Robert D. Newcomb Student Travel Fellowship Grant (AOSA Liaison)

A travel award in the amount of $750 to recognize those optometric students who show outstanding promise to the profession of optometry as evidenced by their leadership in the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA).

Awarded to the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) national liaison of the Academy.

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry

Johnson & Johnson Vision Student Travel Fellowship Grant

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Travel grants are awarded primarily for accomplishment or potential in clinical or research aspects of vision. Academic abilities, including clinical abilities if relevant, are considered. Being presenter of a paper or poster is desirable, but not required.

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry

AAO Student Travel Fellowship Grant

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Awarded to candidates primarily for accomplishment or potential in optometric or vision research. Academic abilities, including clinical abilities if relevant, are considered.Paper/poster required?

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry

Florida Chapter Student Travel Fellowship Grant

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Preference given to Nova Southeastern University students, but not a requirement. Contribute to AAO meeting by presenting a paper or poster not mandatory but preferred.

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry

Scleral Lens Education Society Student Travel Fellowship Grant

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Candidate must be a 4th year optometry student/resident. Must have been selected to present a paper or poster that is related to Scleral Lenses at the upcoming Academy meeting. Candidate must submit a brief statement (700 words or less) describing your interests in scleral lenses and why you feel your poster/paper presentation is important.

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry

Essilor Private Practice Student Travel Fellowship Grant

These $750 travel fellowships for the Academy meeting are designed to encourage optometry students to attend key national meetings and contribute to the body of knowledge within the field.

Two students from each optometry school or college are awarded. Candidates are chosen by the institution and names are provided to the Academy. The award is available to students currently in their third or fourth year of optometry school, who are in good academic standing and plan to pursue a career in private practice.

July 3 – July 31, 2017

 

NO INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS
(SCHOOL SELECTED)

American Academy of Optometry

Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Fellowship

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Candidate will be a third or fourth year student whose professional goal is to be in private practice. One page statement on why you are pursuing a career in private practice. School submits the nominee. No abstract required.

July 3 – July 31, 2017

 

NO INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS
(SCHOOL SELECTED)

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

N. Rex Ghormley Student Travel Fellowship

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

The fellowship will be awarded for accomplishment and potential in optometric research and education. Academic abilities, including clinical abilities if relevant, are considered. Being a presenter of a paper or a poster is required. One letter of recommendation is required.

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

BSK Student Travel Fellowship

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Candidate currently in their second, third, or fourth year in optometry school. Applicant must be a current member of BSK. Candidate must submit a short essay 300-500 max. words. Being a presenter of a paper or poster is desired but not required.

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

Kirschen Family Student Travel Fellowship

Travel awards in the amount of $750 to attend the Academy annual meeting.

Candidate will be a third or fourth year student whose professional goal is pursuing a career in private practice. Applicant must be a current member of AAO. Candidate must submit a one page statement. Being a presenter of a paper or a poster is desired but not required. One letter of recommendation is required.

July 3 – July 31, 2017

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

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Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics

The award is $750 for the primary author to travel to attend the annual meeting. If other authors than the first author were also pursuing the Doctor of Optometry degree while conducting the research, multiple awardees may divide a total travel award of $1,500.

Awarded to a nominee who submits a first-authored original research paper (research conducted while a student pursuing the Doctor of Optometry degree in a school or college of optometry) on one of the following topics: Geometrical Optics; Physical Optics; Ophthalmic Optics; Optics of the Eye. Acceptable topics include modern measurement of aberrations and their correction, optical quality of the eye, optical limits to visual performance, or diagnosis and treatment of a range of optically relevant ocular conditions (e.g. corneal surgery, contact lenses, and refractive error). The paper should be of publishable quality if currently unpublished, but may be already published or under review. The paper must reflect research performed while the student was pursuing the Doctor of Optometry degree.

Nominations should be made by the student’s advisor by April 1, 2018.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation