The Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant is intended to increase interest and reward excellence in the field of low vision for faculty at North American schools and colleges of optometry. One, $1,000 grant, will be awarded in 2018.

The educational grant 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.

Eligibility and Application

The submission window opens April 1, 2019 and closes June 1, 2019.

Applicants must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO); whether as a student, candidate, or Fellow at the time of acceptance of any award.  To learn more, visit the AAO website: Student Membership for student membership information and Candidate for Fellowship for how to become a Fellow. 

Application should include:

  • A CV with applicant's education, clinical, research, and employment experience in PDF form.
  • Proposal and budget
  • Letter of endorsement by the Dean or President/Director of the school/ college (optional).

A one-page progress/results report must be submitted to the AAOF within one year of the award.

Applications must be submitted by e-mail (preferably in PDF format) to AAOF@aaoptom.org

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 AAOF 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 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.

For additional information contact Jennifer Rubin, Foundation Program Manager, at: 321-319-4870 or AAOF@aaoptom.org.


2018: Gregory R. Hopkins, OD, MS, FAAO - The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Developing a Conversational Virtual Standardized Patient to Enable Optometry Students to Practice Low Vision Functional History-Taking Skills.

2017: Ava K. Bittner, OD, FAAO - Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry 
Tele-rehabilitation to provide expanded opportunities for low vision clinical training.

2016: Richard Jamara, OD, FAAO - 
New England College of Optometry
Applying online peer-led case-based learning to improve clinical reasoning in low vision rehabilitation.

2016:  Tammy LaBreche, BSc, OD University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science 
Enhanced experiential learning of rehabilitation for acquired brain 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 experienced 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 , 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.

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

Hopkins Rosemore
2018 recipient:
Gregory R. Hopkins, OD, MS, FAAO