Current Students

Essilor Student Travel Fellowship Guidelines and Application

In an effort to promote student involvement and attendance at the annual meeting, the American Academy of Optometry provides student travel fellowships. For the 5th year Essilor has generously funded the Private Practice Student Travel Fellowships, which are available to students currently in their third or fourth year of optometry school and plan to pursue a career in private practice. These fellowships are designed to encourage optometry students to attend key national meetings and contribute to the body of knowledge within the field.
Two $750 fellowships are available to each school of optometry with third and fourth year student classes. 


  • Member of the American Academy of Optometry
  • 500 word Essay
  • Students must be in their third or fourth year
  • In good academic standing
  • Pursuing a career in private practice.
  • Meet UHCO eligibility requirements

Winners of the Private Practice Student Travel Fellowships to the AAO meeting must attend the Student Networking Luncheon to receive their award check.  The Student Networking Luncheon will take place in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in Hall B1, 12:00-1:00pm.

Submit essay to; Deadline is Friday, August 28 at 5 pm.