Student Scholarships

Scholarships are vital to the success of our students and the College of Optometry has many different types of scholarships available to alleviate the amount of tuition paid. To be considered for a scholarship, each spring students MUST complete their Student Data Sheet and be enrolled as a full-time student with the University of Houston College of Optometry.

Please turn it into the Optometry Relations Office or send it via email to aolheiser@optometry.uh.edu

ALL students must complete a STUDENT DATA SHEET along with all supplemental materials to be eligible for the following SCHOLARSHIPS and AWARDS:

2013-2014 Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship Foundation

Applicants must intend to practice in NJ and must satisfy at least one of the following three criteria:

-- Have a current legal address in NJ

-- Be a member of the student New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians

      organization should your optometry school have such an organization.

-- Previously resided in New Jersey within the past 10 years.

In addition to the application, you are required to have the following two recommendation letters and one personal statement sent to the foundation by the application deadline.

1. A LETTER FROM THE FINANCIAL AIDE OFFICER IN YOUR SCHOOL WHICH DETAILS THE AMOUNT OF ALL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE YOU HAVE RECEIVED AND THE  FINANCIAL AIDE OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING YOUR NEED

2. A PERSONAL AND/OR SCHOLASTIC RECOMMENDATION SUBMITTED BY ANY PERSON  YOU CHOOSE

3. YOUR STATEMENT  OF WHY YOU SHOULD BE SELECTED FOR THE DR. LESLIE MINTZ SCHOLARSHIP ( which explains your NJ residency or intent to practice in NJ)

4. COPY OF OPTOMETRY SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS

ABB Optical Group Patient Retention Award

The first annual ABB Optical Group Patient Retention Award will be given to three students who have sold the most annual supply purchases of contact lenses.

The first place winner will get first choice on one of the prizes mentioned below, the second place winner will choose between the remaining prizes and the third place winner will receive what’s left.  All 3 winners will receive letters of recommendation to help with future job search.  

Prizes include the following:

Philips 24” LED TV

Apple TV

Kindle

The top 3 winners will be awarded and recognized at the Springs Awards Awards Banquet April 5th.  

Please make sure to turn in your annual supply tracking sheets by March 24th to Dr. Parker: kparker@optometry.uh.edu

ALCON Case Report Award

Awarded to a 4th year with ONE WINNER FROM EACH SCHOOL;

  1. The written case report must be submitted by each 4th year student electronically to kparker@optometry.uh.edu by February 14, 2014.  Send from you alumni account and label the document as: last name, first name_Alcon?
  2. The student with the winning case report from each school will receive $1,000 out of the 2014 Alcon Partner in Education Program Fund.
  3. Alcon will then have a panel of independent Doctors review all of the winning case reports submitted from each optometry school and select 1 overall national student award winner by April 30, 2014. The overall national student award winner will receive an additional $5,000.

 

Available Documents

AOSA Travel Grant Essay Contest

$500 Travel Grants

Allergan is supporting $500 travel grants to two UHCO students for the 2014 Optometry’s Meeting. To enter, students submit an essay on the topic, “What factors contribute to a diagnosis of dry eye? What are the elements of a comprehensive treatment plan?”   

See the below flier for more information.

To start the process of applying, submit your essay with the application (attached) to Dr. Ticak: aticak@optometry.uh.edu by April 11, 2014.

AOSA will recognize your accomplishment at the meeting. It’s a prestigious way to score a plane ticket and earn recognition for your clinical writing.

New this year: A special luncheon to honor the winners!

Available Documents

ASCO Student Award in Clinical Ethics

The ASCO Award in Clinical Ethics is sponsored by International Vision Expo. This is a national cash award of $1,000 and a plaque. Carefully read the attached document outlining details of the ASCO Award in Clinical Ethics.

Please submit your essay electronically to kparker@optometry.uh.edu by Friday, February 7th  to allow the scholarship committee time to read and determine the winning essay.

Name your document in the following manner: 

Last Name,First Initial_ ASCO Ethics

Example:  Parker,K_ASCO Ethics

 

Complete the  publication release form:

Last Name,First Initial_Ethics Award Publication Release Form

Example:  Parker,K_Ethics Award Publication Release Form

 

Complete the ASCO Case Report Cover Sheet

Last Name,First Initial_Case report cover sheet

Example:  Parker,K_Case report cover sheet

 

**Please do not submit the essay directly to ASCO

 

Available Documents

Avalon Excellence Eyeware Award

Excellent optics and dispensary skills. Selection made by the Optics faculty and Dispensary staff along with the Scholarship Committee. Students that would like to be considered for this award must submit their student data sheet.

Beta Sigma Kappa Scholarship

Offered to an optometry student (1st-4th year) who is a current BSK member and submits an additional student data sheet to BSK president by March 6, 2014. The BSK president will give a binder with all student data sheets that have been submitted to Dr. Parker.

Canela Software 20/20 VA Digital Software Award

Canela Software is offering a scholarship for students who are interested in pursuing private practice. Award given to a 4th year optometry student.

The criteria are as follows: 

·  Shows a desire to enter private practice upon graduation

·  If you would like to apply for this award, please submit a one page- double spaced, stating your interest in private practice to Dr. Parker: kparker@optometry.uh.edu by Monday, March 10th.

All awards will be decided by the members of the faculty and of the scholarship committee.

College of Optometrists in Vision Development

ONE WINNER FROM EACH SCHOOL; This award recognizes a COVD Student Member who is a graduating optometry student and who has demonstrated a strong interest and clinical skills in the area of vision therapy. Selection made by Faculty.

Dr. Richard Ebling Excellence Award in Medically Necessary Contact Lens Fitting

This year Dr. Randy Charrier is honoring Dr. Ebling by creating a contact lens award in his name. The award will consist of a variety of specialty contact lens fitting sets as well as an award certificate.

This will be given to a OPT IV student with the most outstanding case of treating a medical condition with a specialty contact lens.
 
Criteria:
-One page essay on how you have treated a medical condition with a specialty contact lens
-Deadline April 15th
-Submit to Dr. Randy Charrier directly:  randycharrier@yahoo.com

Dr. Stanley Pearle Scholarship

The OneSight Research Foundation is pleased to announce the automated application for the Dr. Stanley Pearle Scholarship Fund is open!  Historically awarding $2,000 scholarships, the Foundation is expanding efforts to support optometry students beginning 2014.  To increase the financial impact, 10 optometry students will be awarded $5,000 to support their education!  The 2014 application and eligibility guidelines are available online through April 15th at the following link, https://aim.applyists.net

Invitation to apply is extended to full-time students graduating from an accredited optometry program in the year of 2015, 2016 or 2017.  Ten (10) scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each will be announced in June.  Application deadline:  April 15, 2014.  Questions? Please contact Trina Parasiliti: tparasil@onesight.org

Eschenbach Low Vision Award

Outstanding clinician (4th year)  in the area of Low Vision. Selection made by the Low Vision Faculty (must have a student data sheet on file to be considered)

Excellence in Cornea and Contact Lens

4th year students need to have a student data sheet on file to be considered.

Excellence in Grand Rounds

Selection made by Grand Rounds Faculty (must have a student data sheet on file to be considered)

Excellence in Low Vision

4th year student selection made by Low Vision Faculty (must have a student data sheet on file to be considered)

Excellence in Medical Eye Service

Students (4th year) need to have a student data sheet on file to be considered. Selection made by Medical Eye Service Faculty.

Excellence in Neuro-ophthalmology Service Award

Recipient is a 3rd year optometry student who is in good academic standing, participated in Neuro-ophthalmology clinic, has good case extraction abilities and case presentation. Shows interest in the case and clinic, develops neuro-ophthalmology skills over time, has a history of composing a Neuro letter that is well written and complete.  Selection made by Neuro-Ophthalmology Faculty (must have a student data sheet on file to be considered).

Excellence in Optics

4th year student selection made by Optics Faculty (must have a student data sheet on file to be considered)

Excellence in Pediatrics

4th year student selection made by Pediatrics Faculty (must have a student data sheet on file to be considered)

Excellence in Primary Care

Students (4th year) need to have a student data sheet on file to be considered. Selection made by Primary Care Faculty.

Family Vision Solutions Gas Permeable Contact Lens Award

Drs. Kauffman and Charrier have established a new contact lens award for 2014, the Family Vision Solutions Gas Permeable Contact Lens Award which is sponsored by Blanchard Laboratories, Inc.

The award is an irregular cornea gas permeable contact lens fitting set from Blanchard Laboratories.  Please see the attached document for specific criteria.

The deadline is: Tuesday, April 30th

Please submit directly to Dr. Kauffman: drkauffman@familyvisionsolutions.com

Available Documents

Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society Members

Membership is limited to 10% of a graduating class. Members are selected by their classmates upon their final term in the 3rd year. The membership is for life.

GP Lens Institute Clinical Excellence Award

Award is given to a 4th year student who has excellence in Gas Permeable Contact Lens Fitting.  Students need to have a student data sheet on file to be considered. Selection made by Contact Lens Faculty.

Hoya Grant and Scholarship Program

A $500 Grant available at each school for the current 3rd or 4th Year Student, who submits winning ePoster at their school.  Hoya will be taking the winners to the 2014 AOA Meeting, which is in Philadelphia this year.  One of those students will receive an additional $5,000 Scholarship at the Hoya Awards Luncheon on Thursday June 26th.

Hoya will pay for their airfare, baggage; transfer to and from the hotel in San Diego, meeting registration and private hotel room.  Each winning student will also receive a 16GB iPad iPad Air Wifi and $200 spending money.  It’s a great way for a student at each school to go to the AOA Meeting and also pick up a little money.

Hoya will be glad to pay for any lenses used by the students in case studies.  Contact Mike Elton by e-mail: mike.elton@hoyavision.com,  and I’ll send them a voucher for the lenses.  One final note, if it doesn’t violate any rules at the school it’s advantageous for the students to fit a fellow student, family member or faculty member so that they are able to do the follow up.  The scholarship winner is picked by an independent panel of ODs and I have noticed over the years that they score students with actual outcomes as opposed to expected outcomes higher.

Available Documents

Marchon Eyewear Practice Management Award

The student (4th year) must demonstrate the outstanding clinical and dispensing skills in Practice management (must have a student data sheet on file to be considered)- Selection determined by optics faculty and dispensary staff.

Metro Optics Contact Lens Excellence Award

Given to (1) 3rd year and (1) 4th year student with excellent Gas Permeable fitting skills. Students need to have a student data sheet on file to be considered.             

National Optometric Student Association Award

This award is open to 1st-4th year optometry students. Applicants must be in good standing with NOSA (National Optometric Student Association), have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and submit an essay on the selected topic. Students must have a student data sheet on file to be considered. Contact Dr.Pat Segu at: psegu@optometry.uh.edu by March 6, 2014.

Nelson Reber Eye Open AWARD

Awarded to 2nd and 3rd year students who are involved in UHCO activities and community service. Must have a GPA of 2.5 or better. Students must have a student data sheet on file to be considered. Selection made by Optometry students.

Ocular Instruments Award of Excellence

Presented to a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year optometry student who has demonstrated outstanding performance in the area of ocular disease. Student Data Sheet must be on File.

Optometric Physicians of Washington

This award is given to a 4th year OPW student member who has distinguished themselves in teh areas of professional leadership, academic achievement, and public concern. THe OPW seeks to recognize are reward the student who best exemplifies the Association's values. 

Requirements:

1) A candidate for the award much be a 4th year OPW student member in good stnading.

2) Nominations shall be based on professional leadership, academic acheivement, and public concern.

 

Nominations:

1) Student member may apply directly by submitting a CV along with 3 letters of recommendation or

2) Student member may be nominated by their optometry school faculty or

3) An OPW member may nominate the student.

Available Documents

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Presented to a 3rd or 4th year optometry student who has been identified by the faculty to be an excellent teaching assistant (must have a student data sheet on file to be considered). 

Project Foresight (Wal-Mart) Scholarship

Walmart and Sam’s Club Health and Wellness is proud to announce our annual scholarship program: Project Foresight

Theme: What is the Future of Optometry – patient services, optometric products & practice innovations?

Project Foresight is a national optometry scholarship competition challenging future optometrists to think about the future of the profession.  This scholarship is an opportunity for these future healthcare professionals to explore the impact they would like to make on optometry as future providers and optometric innovators.  Highlighting the vision of Walmart/Sam’s Club Health & Wellness of providing quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare for everyone, this scholarship also incorporates Walmart’s three basic beliefs:  respect for the individual, service to our customers and striving for excellence.

Two member teams will design and develop an optometric innovation or creative business concept in the form of a 1-page summary showcasing their idea of “The Future of Optometry”.  Teams with the most innovative concepts will move on to compete in one of eight pre-determined Regional School Level Competitions.  From each Region, we will select one winning team based on the presentations given at the Regional School Level Competition.  The innovative concept must demonstrate how it will promote the profession of optometry, while incorporating the teachings of the Colleges of Optometry and the values & vision of Walmart/Sam’s Club Health and Wellness.

Eligibility: You must be enrolled as a first, second, or third year student in one of the 21 optometry schools in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

Overview

 1.  Teams of two students will first submit an entry form and optometric innovation or creative business concept in the form of a 1-page business proposal showcasing their proposal of “The Future of Optometry”.

 2.  A select number of teams will then develop and present their concept in the form of a presentation and business plan to a panel of judges at the Regional School Level Competitions.  The presentation will be limited to twenty minutes with an additional ten minutes for a question and answer session.

 3.  There will be one winning team per Region.

 4.  The winning team from each Region will be invited to compete at the National Competition at Optometry’s Meeting!!

 

Prizes

Winners of each Region and Wild Card Winners:

  • $1,500 Team Scholarship Award
  • $750 travel voucher (per team member) to be applied to AOA travel expenses

Winners of National Competition:

  • 1st Place Grand Prize $15,000 Team Scholarship Award & Traveling Trophy to be displayed at School
  • 2nd Place $5,000 Team Scholarship Award
  • 3rd Place $2,500 Team Scholarship Award
  •  Winners of Best Poster receive iPad Minis per team member

Available Documents

Rushion and Cicely McDonald Scholarship Application

Scholarship Criteria

1) The applicant of the scholarship must be an African American student enrolled at the
University of Houston and pursuing a major in the College of Natural Sciences and
Mathematics or the College of Optometry.

2) A current photo of the applicant must be attached to each application – no
exceptions.

3) The Scholarship applicant must be a certified full-time degree-seeking degree
seeking student in good standing at the University of Houston, main campus. The
applicant must have attended the University of Houston at least one semester prior
to applying for the scholarship.

4) The Scholarship applicant must be a student enrolled for at least twelve (12)
semester hours and have acquired sophomore status or above.

5) Scholarship applicant must have maintained a 3.0 or better GPA and a 3.0 or better
in their declared major within the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
and Optometry.

6) The scholarship applicant must be an individual who has maintained and
demonstrated current roles of leadership on the University of Houston main
campus and/or have current participation in University of Houston main campus,
local and national communities and organizations.

7) Scholarship funds will only be distributed for the Fall and Spring semester of the
school year that the student is awarded scholarship. Scholarships are awarded for
the academic year beginning in the Fall; however students must re-qualify for
distribution of scholarship funds for the Spring semester based on the criteria of 3, 4,
5, and 6 above.

8) Scholarship recipients may accept other scholarships and grants in conjunction with
the Rushion and Cicely McDonald Scholarship.

9) Scholarship recipients that are awarded the Rushion and Cicely McDonald
scholarship are expected to attend the UHBAA annual scholarship banquet in
the year that their scholarship is to be funded. A Rushion and Cicely McDonald
Scholarship recipient that chooses not to attend the UHBAA scholarship banquet will
risk consideration for future Rushion and Cicely McDonald scholarship awards.

Completed scholarship applications should be mailed to:
The McDonald Scholarship Committee
UH Black Alumni Association c/o UH Alumni Association
P. O. Box 230345
Houston, TX 77223-0345

Available Documents

Student Texas Optometric Association Scholarship

Awarded to an optometry student who is involved in STOA. Selection is made by the STOA Board.

The Doctors of Texas State Optical Scholarship

This award is given to a third year optometry student who is in good academic standing, has a completed application with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Student must also submit two letters of recommendation along with a 500 word essay on a selected topic. Submit Materials directly to TSO by Feb. 27th, 2014.

The McDonald Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:

1) Scholarship applicants must be graduate students with at least six semester hours. The scholarship applicant must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at the University of Houston, main campus.

2) Scholarship recipient must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA.

3) Scholarship applicant must also exhibit outstanding achievement in campus and/or community leadership roles.

4) Scholarship funds will be distributed for the Fall and Spring semester.

5) Scholarships are awarded for the academic year beginning in the Fall; however students must re-qualify for distribution of scholarship funds for the Spring semester based on the criteria of 2 & 3 above.

6) Scholarship recipients may accept other scholarships and grants in conjunction with the Rushion and Cicely McDonald Scholarship.

7) Funds can be used to cover expenses.

Varilux Student Grant Award

Awarded to a 3rd or 4th year with ONE WINNER FROM EACH SCHOOL

The student with the winning case report at each school will receive $1,000 plus an entry in the national judging. The national award winner and faculty advisor will each receive an all expense paid trip to Optometry’s meeting.

Requirements:

  • Third or Fourth Year Student
  • Submit case reports on patients fit with Varilux Lenses
  • Case reports should be submitted electronically to: kparker@optometry.uh.edu by February 7, 2014  (Varilux has extended the deadline)
  • Maximum length is 2000 words
  • Reports should include patient's old and new RX, occupation, hobbies and any other pertinent information

Students must fill out Varilux cover sheet (refer to attached document)

DEADLINE: Submit by February 7, 2014 to kparker@optometry.uh.edu

**Do not submit directly to Essilor.

Available Documents

Vistakon J. Pat Cummings ACUVUE Scholarship

ONE WINNER FROM EACH SCHOOL; for more information go to http://www.aaopt.org/AOF/Programs/Students/Cummings

Submit materials to Dr. Katrina Parker at: kparker@optometry.uh.edu by .

Walman Scholarship

The WALMAN Optical Company is offering $1,000 - $4,000 scholarships to 2nd and 3rd year optometry students across the United States. A limited amount of applications are available, contact Dr. Parker for a paper application (room 1402). Applications are also available on their website www.walman.com.  A poster to announce this scholarship with deadline information is in the student lounge. 

The recipients of this award are NOT selected by our UHCO scholarship committee. Applications must be postmarked by April 10, 2014.

*Please submit applications directly to Walman Optical Company according to the application instructions

William Feinbloom Low Vision Award

This award is given each year to the 4th year student who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of Low Vision.

A plaque engraved with the student’s name to be presented. The enclosed letter will accompany each award. Upon going into practice Design for Vision, will send recipient a trial set worth $1,500.

4th year student selection made by Low Vision Faculty (must have a student data sheet on file to be considered)

Zelda Schiffman Neuro-ophthalmology Award

Recipient is a 4th year optometry student who is in good academic standing, participated in Neuro-ophthalmology clinic, has good case extraction abilities and case presentation. Shows interest in the case and clinic, develops neuro-ophthalmology skills over time, has a history of composing a Neuro letter that is well written and complete.  Selection made by Neuro-Ophthalmology Faculty (must have a student data sheet on file to be considered).