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:

Bernard Maitnenaz Scholarship

$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. 

AOA Foudnation Scholarship Information:  www.aoafoundation.org

Additional Requirments apply: bernard-maitenaz

Submit to: Dr. Katrina Parker by October 24, 2014 at 5 pm.

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.

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". 

AOA Foudnation Scholarship Information:  www.aoafoundation.org

Additional Requirments apply: Semour-Galina

Submit to: Dr. Katrina Parker by October 24, 2014 at 5 pm.

 

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.

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.

InfantSEE Scholarship

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. 

AOA Foudnation Scholarship Information:  www.aoafoundation.org

Additional Requirement Apply: InfantSee

Submit to: Dr. Katrina Parker by October 24, 2014 at 5 pm.

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.

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). 

Pat & 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.

AOA Foudnation Scholarship Information:  www.aoafoundation.org

Additional Requirments Apply: Pat-Patrick-Cummings

Submit to: Dr. Katrina Parker by October 24, 2014 at 5 pm.

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.

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).