The submission window opens July 15, 2020 and closes September 15, 2020.
First, second, third, and fourth year students pursuing a Doctorate of Optometry degree are nominated by his/her institution for this scholarship. The students must be enrolled in a full-time course of study and must have a 3.0 (“B”) average for all course work taken thus far in optometry school. The Vincent Salierno Scholarship is eligible for automatic renewal provided that the recipient maintains a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and is enrolled in a full-time course of study leading to a Doctorate of Optometry degree. Continued eligibility shall be determined annually.
The AAOF informs the schools designated for the current year's program that it may seek candidates and provides the application. Only one student will be chosen by the appropriate scholarship and awards committee of the selected school(s), using their own judgment based on the criteria stated in this paragraph:
The Vincent Salierno Scholarship is intended for a student who has extraordinary financial needs and would otherwise be hard pressed, if not incapable, of meeting the financial requirements of attending optometry school. Therefore, financial need is the primary criteria for selection. In making the selection of a recipient, the awarding school may not use any criteria other than financial need as the primary reason for selection. Secondary considerations can include academic progress and/or career potential.
Application materials (aside from the transcript that should be mailed) must be sent in an electronic format (preferably a PDF) to the Foundation at: AAOF@aaoptom.org by close of business on the day of deadline and include the subject title: "Salierno" and the "Institution name" when emailed.
Official transcripts mail to:
Vincent Salierno Scholarship
c/o Jennifer Rubin, Foundation Program Manager
American Academy of Optometry Foundation
2909 Fairgreen Street
Orlando, FL 32803
The following rotation cycle may be altered by the AAOF Board of Directors:
NOVA/Southeastern University, College of Optometry -eligible to retain in 2019
Southern College of Optometry -eligible to retain in 2019
Southern California College of Optometry - eligible to retain in 2019
University of Houston, College of Optometry - eligible to retain in 2019
New England College of Optometry - eligible to retain in 2019
Pacific University, School of Optometry
Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry
Rosenberg School of Optometry
Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Optometry
University of Waterloo, School of Optometry
Indiana University, School of Optometry
University of Montreal, School of Optometry
University of California, School of Optometry
The Ohio State University, College of Optometry
State University of New York, College of Optometry
University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry
Inter-American University, School of Optometry
University of Missouri, College of Optometry
Northeastern State University, College of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry
Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Prior to window open, guidelines for any given award are subject to change by the AAOF and/or the award sponsor. Applicants are reminded to please review all information before submitting their application to ensure it meets all criteria.
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 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, annual meeting promotional materials.