The submission window opens July 1, 2019 and closes July 31, 2019.
- Must be a 3rd or 4th year student
- Intends to pursue a career in private practice
- Must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry
Write an essay (about 500 words) describing leadership experiences that you have acquired, and how you plan to use this experience as you assume future leadership roles in our profession, your practice, and your community.
- Two letters of recommendation from Fellows in good standing, at least one being a faculty member at your school or college of optometry.
Materials MUST be submitted online by the deadline date (shown above) using the online submission tool. Applications that remain incomplete after the deadline date will not be evaluated.
Admission to attend the Fundamentals of Leadership Part I: What Is Leadership? course is part of the fellowship.
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. Recipients are required to attend the AAOF Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM where they will receive their check.
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.
Please direct all eligibility and application questions regarding the AAOF Student Travel Fellowships to:
Christina Velasquez, Program Manager, Education at Christinav@aaoptom.org