Where to Give

Below is a list of funding priorities that can only be realized through private support. We appreciate your interest and can help tailor your gift to a specific area or initiative.

Vision Institute

With an eye on the future UHCO has created plans for the Vision Institute, residing within the new UH Health and Biomedical Sciences Building, slated to open in fall 2012. The Molly and Doug Barnes Vision Institute will include a state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center and Laser Refractive Center on the first floor and classrooms, student study rooms, faculty offices and labs located on the second floor. This new facility will lead to unprecedented post-graduate educational and training opportunities for optometrists, expand our patient services, provide essential eye and vision care for underserved citizens, and support clinically relevant research that will change the way we diagnose, treat and manage ocular disorders. Click here to learn more

Student Support

Enhancing scholarship support is critical if UHCO is to remain competitive in today’s educational environment. We remain dedicated to attracting the best and brightest individuals into optometry. Your gift ensures we have the resources, in the form of scholarships, needed to attract the most talented and promising young minds. The availability of scholarships plays an integral role in determining which optometric institution a student chooses to attend, and with the partnership of our donors, UHCO will be the unrivaled choice.

Faculty Support

Advancing academic excellence is critical to UHCO’s efforts in developing the optimal curriculum. Contributions provide the resources necessary to recruit new faculty who have the skills and desires required to advance the profession, as well as assist in the retention of our world-class existing faculty members who are often heavily sought after by other educational institutions and industry.

Excellence Fund

Contributions to the Excellence Fund position the College to stay proactive, rather than reactive, and ensure we are able to capitalize on critical current and future opportunities as they develop. Excellence Funds also position the College to be able to address specific needs as they arise. Having the flexibility to respond immediately is integral in today’s rapidly advancing and changing healthcare and educational environment, and helps to ensure UHCO remains on the cutting edge. Excellence funds make a positive impact in all areas of the College, including:

  • Equipment and technological needs
  • Recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty in critical or emerging areas
  • Academic opportunities for meritorious students
  • Community partnerships
  • Innovative research
  • New and underfunded programs
  • Special projects

Community Outreach

UHCO provides essential eye care at the University Eye Institute, as well as at our community-based facilities in Houston and Dallas. Support of our outreach services assists patients in need of primary eye care, but with limited financial means to pay for materials, such as glasses. Gifts designated for this area also provide support for the UHCO’s Mobile Eye Institute, patient education programs and vision screenings.


Drive and desire to uncover optical and vision mysteries has always been evident in UHCO’s professors, researchers and students. Research changes the way we diagnose, manage and treat vision and its care, and leads to new innovations in technology, pharmaceuticals and more. Research-designated gifts provide critical infrastructure ranging from laboratory equipment to stipends for research assistants.

Continuing Education

Annually, over 1,200 optometrists from Texas and around the nation obtain their continuing education (CE) from UHCO. Our mission is to optimize patient care by providing the most accurate and up-to-date information and strategies for optometrists. CE support and program sponsorships help to reduce participant registration fees by defraying travel expenses and honorarium for nationally recognized expert speakers. Sponsorship dollars also help with postage, printing and marketing expenses, as well as provide refreshments and course materials for participants.