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2014-2015 Optometry Cares® Scholarships
The AOA Foundation is proud to present four (4) scholarship opportunities to optometry student members of the American Optometric Association and the American Optometric Student Association.Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship, sponsored by Essilor
$10,000 for one third-year student
This scholarship honors Bernard Maitenaz, one of the foremost authorities in optical science and engineering. Maitenaz is the inventor of the Varilux lens and has worked at Essilor for 43 years. For more details, click here.

InfantSEE® Scholarship, sponsored by Vision West, Inc.
First-place: $5,000 for a third-year student
Runner-up: $2,500 for a third-year student

Vision West, Inc, a leading national eye-care business group offering Optometric Business Services including group purchasing services to its members, and Optometry Cares are pleased to again offer a national scholarship program to promote InfantSEE. For more details, click here.

Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship
$2,500 for one third-year student
Optometry Cares is again pleased to offer a $2,500 Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship to a third-year student who best addresses the topic, “Qualities I have developed through my financial planning/work experience during and/or before optometry school, that I believe will be most useful to me in a professional optometric practice”. For more details, click here.

Dr. Pat and Patrick Cummings Scholarship
Sponsored in part by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
$5,000 for a fourth-year student
In tribute to father and son, the Cummings family has established the Dr. Pat & Patrick Cummings Memorial Fund through Optometry Cares. This scholarship fund allows the legacy of two amazing individuals to live on. The national winner will be awarded $5,000. For more details, click here.


As in the past, each school will judge the submitted entries and select one nominee for each scholarship, based on the specific criteria and eligibility. Each school should set an appropriate on-campus deadline so that there is ample opportunity to judge, select andsubmit the entries to Optometry Cares no later than November 11, 2014 at Midnight (CST)

If you have any questions about these scholarships, please contact Development Officer, Rebecca Hildebrand via email RAHildebrand@aoa.org or by phone, 314-983-4154. Thank you in advance for your participation and commitment to the optometric profession.

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