The American Academy of Optometry Foundation offers many awards, grants, scholarships, and research opportunities. To learn more about various opportunities please select from the following:

Awards, Grants & Scholarships

Open Date

Close Date

William C. Ezell Fellowships

Dec 4, 2017

Jan 26, 2018

Jill and George Mertz Fellowship Dec 1, 2017 Feb 2, 2018 
AAOF Student Giving Matching Travel Grants Jan 1, 2018
June 15, 2018
Joseph T. Barr Early Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award  Feb 1, 2018  April 1, 2018 

Award of Excellence (in Contact Lens Patient Care)

Feb 1, 2018*

April 1, 2018

Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics

Feb 1, 2018

April 1, 2018

Glenn A. Fry Lecture Award

Feb 1, 2018

April 1, 2018

Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education  Feb 1, 2018  April 1, 2018

Henry B. Peters Memorial Award in Public Health & Environmental Vision

March 1, 2018

May 1, 2018

Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grants

April 1, 2018

June 1, 2018

Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin Contact Lens Residency Award

April 1, 2018

June 1, 2018

Douglas Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award

April 1, 2018

June 1, 2018

Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Program

April 1, 2018

June 1, 2018

Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Low Vision Residency Award

April 1, 2018

June 1, 2018

Sheldon Wechsler & George Mertz Contact Lens Residency Program

April 1, 2018

June 1, 2018

Korb- Exford Dry Eye Career Development Grant

May 1, 2018

July 1, 2018

Allergan Foundation Research Grant

May 15, 2018

July 15, 2018

Beta Sigma Kappa Research Fellowship

June 1, 2018

Aug 1, 2018

Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Student Travel Grant

July 2, 2018

July 31, 2018

Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Fellowship

July 2, 2018

July 31, 2018

N. Rex Ghormley Student Travel Fellowship

July 2, 2018

July 31, 2018

Kirschen Family Student Travel Fellowship

July 2, 2018

July 31, 2018

VSP - AAOF Practice Excellence Scholarships*

July 15, 2018

Aug 15, 2018

VSP and FYidoctors - AAOF Practice Excellence Scholarships*

July 15, 2018

Aug 15, 2018

J. Pat Cummings Scholarships

July 15, 2018*

Sept 15, 2018*

Vincent Salierno Scholarships

July 15, 2018*

Sept 15, 2018*


* indicates that the selection is made by institution and the AAOF does not accept applications from individuals.

Acknowledgement of Submissions

You should receive an email confirming receipt of your electronic application submission within 1-3 business days. If you do not receive an email, please contact AAOF@aaoptom.org prior to the submission deadline.

Costs

The AAOF is a non-profit organization and our policy is not to cover any overhead/indirect costs associated with any of our awards. This policy applies uniformly to all award recipients. 

Award Notes

Prior to any application opening, guidelines for any given award are subject to change by the AAOF and/or the award sponsor. The notice of the availability of an award will be sent by email to institution contacts. Applicants are reminded to please review all information before submitting their application to ensure it meets all criteria.

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 also receive a second or duplicate travel stipend from the foundation or its affiliate, the American Academy of Optometry. 

All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AAOF and/or the sponsor of the award 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 award including, but not limited to, the AAOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials. 


Fellowship, Grant, and Scholarship Reviewers

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation utilizes the services of many exceptional leaders in academia, private practice, and industry to review applications.  They are an important component of the Foundation's award process.

For each application there is a specified group, consisting of a specified number of individuals, with a minimum of three who'll performs the merit review.

Over the past year,  these individuals reviewed hundreds of applications received for at least one of the 16 awards and grants administered by the Foundation.  They do so on a volunteer basis and their feedback elevates the standards of all awards and recipients.  In 2017, the  AAOF enlisted the aid of several members of the Academy's Sections to give out nearly $450,000 dollars in funding to elite optometrist, researchers, and academic institutions.

The AAOF Board of Directors, the American Academy of Optometry, sponsors, donors and staff take this opportunity to recognize and thank each individual or their contribution in selecting the next generation of optometric leaders, educators, and scientists.

Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the reviewers who have served for the past year. 

  • Marie Bodack

  • Hal Bohman

  • Ernest Bowling

  • Pat Caroline

  • Linda Casser

  • Catherine Chiarelli

  • DeGaulle Chigbu

  • Chris Choat

  • Melissa Chun

  • Roy Cole

  • Dawn DeCarlo

  • Robert DiMartino

  • Tim Edrington

  • Kerry Giedd

  • Susan Gromacki

  • Cathie Heyman
  • Bhavani Iyer
  • Lyndon Jones

 

 

  • Janice Jurkus

  • Brian Levy

  • David Lewerenz

  • Ming Lin

  • Gerald Lowther

  • Clarke Newman
  • Kelly Nichols
  • Michael Ohlson
  • Richard Phillips
  • Mike Radiou
  • Renee Reeder
  • David Roncone                 
  • Cristina Schinder

  • Jeffrey Sonsino

  • John Tassinari

  • Paulette Turco

  • Ann Webber


 

 Photo Credit: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH)