Scholarships for Optometry Students

Professional school is expensive. Below you will find a (non-exhaustive) list of scholarships available to optometry students, which can help defray some of the costs.

Additionally, members are encouraged to do their own research for other scholarships for optometry students, including reviewing your own school’s opportunities.

AOA/AOSA Opportunities in Optometry Grant Program

For underrepresented minorities interested in applying to optometry school     
  • Multiple grants of $1,500 each will be awarded

The AOA and AOSA have made a commitment to pave a path toward a broader and more diverse profession. The AOA/AOSA Opportunities in Optometry Grant program is a sustained effort to encourage under-represented minorities to join the family of optometry and expand access to primary eye care across the nation.

These funds can be used to help defray costs associated with applying to optometry school, such as:

  • OAT exam
  • school application costs
  • professional attire or travel costs associated with interviews

See sidebar for additional information.

Multiple grants of $1,500 each will be awarded annually to students who are chosen by the selection committee. The current application cycle is open until April 1, 2023. Two rounds of grants will be awarded in 2023 in February and April. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered by the selection committee.

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This program is supported by Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation   




Scholarships Available Through Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation

Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship, sponsored by Essilor

Dr. Pat and Patrick Cummings Scholarship

Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship

Dr. Larry J. Alexander Scholarship for Education

AOA/AOSA Opportunities in Optometry Grant Program