Nominations MUST be submitted online by the deadline date (shown below).
The submission window opens Feb 1, 2021 and closes April 1, 2021.
One $500 grant and a personalized plaque will be awarded to a student at each of the North-American schools and colleges of optometry.
- Nominee must be a fourth-year student.
- Nominee must be a student member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). To learn more, visit the AAO website: www.aaopt.org/student
- Nominee must represent outstanding clinical patient care as demonstrated by the student’s: (a) overall knowledge in the contact lens field, and (b) skillful, considerate and professional care of his/her contact lens patients.
- A W9 form (or W-8BEN if non-U.S. resident) for the recipient or institution must be faxed to the AAOF at 407-893-9890 or be already confirmed on file with our office. Checks may be made out directly to the student or to the institution for application to the student’s financial aid. Whether recipient or institution form is dependent on the prevailing policy of the school or college with regard to the graduation date of the recipient and the fact AAOF will need a minimum of 4 weeks for delivery of award materials.
Each institution will be contacted directly via email as to the opening of the submission window, and no more than two months prior to deadline.
The appropriate grant selection committee at each of the schools/colleges of optometry will select the one student who best demonstrates the qualities outlined above. The AAOF will not accept applications directly from students.
Notification and Conferment
Each school or college will contact its grant winner to obtain any needed material(s) and or information for the selection process.
The AAOF will send the grant to the school or college or directly to the student as indicated in the submission.
Awards are generally mailed at minimum four weeks after deadline.
All grant recipients by application/nomination and acceptance of a grant 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 will 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, social media, annual meeting promotional materials or press release.
For further information contact:
Awards and Student Membership Engagement Manager
622 E. Washington Street, Suite #300
Orlando, FL 32801