AAOF Student Giving Matching Travel Grants

History and Purpose

The grant was introduced by AAOF board members in 2014 and first implemented in 2015. Two schools participated the first year. To date 12 schools have participated in the program with 30 students being awarded travel grants.

Purpose

To increase American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) student membership and participation; create a climate of giving back to the profession, and promote involvement in American Academy of Optometry (AAO) chapters at North-American Schools and Colleges of Optometry by attending the Academy's annual meeting.

Nomination Procedures

The submission window opens January 1, 2020 and closes June 15, 2020.

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. This could be accomplished through a variety of fundraising activities. Groups should work in consultation with their institution's AAO Student Chapter Liaison.

Students cannot petition or ask their institution, faculty, or industry, to provide the funds. This program is to facilitate student giving.

  1. Final selected nominees must be student members of the AAO. To learn more, visit: Student Membership
  2. Each student gift should be consistent with what the student member can afford. The goal is to have each member of the student chapter participate. Institutions and industry would be prohibited from contributing. This program is to facilitate student giving.
  3. Recipients shall be selected by a fair process open to all qualified chapter members regardless of the individual amount donated.
  4. Each AAO student chapter would collect the funds and write one $750 check to the AAOF. Mail to: AAOF/Attn: Jennifer Rubin 2909 Fairgreen St. Orlando, FL 32803
  5. The specific timeline concerning when the money needs to be given to the AAOF office would be determined by the AAOF and communicated to the AAO student chapter and liaison.

Here are some examples of methods for raising funds based on student comments:

  • Post on social media and e-mail a challenge to students or have a class-to-class challenge
  • Bake or food sales
  • Car washes
  • Selling eyeglass lapel pins
  • Photo fundraiser. Charge a specified sum for unlimited photos with a prominent faculty member Dress up, theme it
  • Lunch and learn. Raffle off an opportunity fo have a lunch and learn session with your institution leader
  • Candy-gram sales

NOMINATION PROCEDURES

The AAO student chapter with the advice of the School/College Awards Committee and/or faculty advisor would determine which two students get the travel fellowships.

Completed Student Giving Matching Form 2020 should be sent via email to AAOAwards@aaoptom.org with the subject line: Student Giving + Institution Name.

NOTIFICATION AND CONFERMENT

The AAOF will contact the award winners formally and provide information about AAOF events held during Academy. The award checks will be presented to the awardees during the annual meeting . At the 2018 annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) in San Antonio; each recipient will spend volunteer time at the AAOF Booth and be presented for recognition at the annual AAOF Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, November 10th.

Travel checks will be made out directly to the student. A W9 form (or W-8BEN if non-U.S. resident) must be submitted or be on file at the AAO Office prior to release of any travel funds.

AWARD NOTES

All award recipients by application/nomination 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 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:

Jennifer Rubin
Grants and Awards Manager
2909 Fairgreen Street
Orlando, FL 32803, USA
Phone: 321-319-4872
AAOAwards@aaoptom.org

Recipients

ORLANDO, FL (October 3, 2019) – The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 AAOF Student Giving Matching Travel Grants. The program was started in 2014 to create a climate of giving back to the profession and promote involvement in Academy chapters at North American schools and colleges of optometry. Each school raised the funds and the money was matched with a travel grant opportunity for each student to attend Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry which was held on October 23-27, 2019.

The 2019 recipients and the participating institutions are:

Alexandra Beachnau

Illinois College of Optometry

Randi-Jo Francis

Illinois College of Optometry

Ashley Ladd

Indiana University School of Optometry

Cade Millikin

Indiana University School of Optometry

Anthony Offerle

Indiana University School of Optometry

Noa Robson

Indiana University School of Optometry

Elizabeth Casper

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Alexandra Matejczyk

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Hannah Sanders

Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry

Brianna Weber

Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry

Erin Filbrant

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Derek Heimlich

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Lindsey Hutchinson

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Lindsay Page

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Paige Scott

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Emma Thompson

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Ashley Bachkhaz

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Jessie Vorachek

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Alex Kim

State University of New York College of Optometry

Siyun Ren

State University of New York College of Optometry

Mackenzie Edwards Dziedzic

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Kelsie L. Morgan

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Sadiksha Prasain

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Nicole Leigh Roddy

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Samantha Lin

University of California Berkeley School of Optometry

Thuy Nguyen

University of California Berkeley School of Optometry

Julia Bao

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry

Silva Lo

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry

Brittany Martin

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry

Logan Ritchhart

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry


Additional Student Travel Fellowship (STF) Opportunities through the American Academy of Optometry

Each year the Academy offers a number of travel fellowships of $750 each for students to attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Fellowships are awarded primarily for accomplishment and potential in optometric research and education. Being the presenter of a paper or poster is typically required.

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