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J. Davis Armistead Presidential Endowed Scholarship

Dr. J. Davis Armistead, of Lubbock, Texas, was an imponant  political figure when the UH College of Optometry was established in 1952.  He was appointed by Governor Preston Smith to the UH Board of Regents in 1971 and served as a board member until 1983.  It was during his tenure on the board that the optometry building was constructed. A veteran of World War II, and a graduate (0 .D.) from Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Armistead  went on to establish a successful practice in his native Lubbock.  He has served on innumerable civic, professional. service, and business boards and organizations, including membership in the prestigious National Academy of Practice, an advisory group to  the U.S . Congress. He has been a member of the Texas Optomelric  Association  since 1948, served in several Executive Committee  positions, was President of the South Plains Optometric Society and President of the Foundation for Education & Research  in  Vision. UHCO  honored Dr. Armistead as "Volunteer of the Year" in 1992 and in 1993 he received the ultimate personal honor of having a building named for him, the "J. Davis Armistead Building ".In March 1999, Dr. Armistead received the Texas Optometric Association,  Dr. William D. Pittman Award.  This prestigious award recognized his volunteer roles with the TOA, his crucial role in helping establish UHCO; his pivotal role in funding and building the new Optometry Building; and his influence as a member of the Board of Regents of the University. 


  • This scholarship is to fund an incoming OPT I student in the College of Optometry
  • Renewable for up to 8 semesters; recipient must maintain a 3.3 GPA and OAT score of 330. 
  • Criteria based on academic excellence, leadership and involvement in community and school activities.
  • Recipient must be in good academic standing and meet UHCO eligibility requirements. 
  • Selection is made by the College of Optometry Scholarship Committee.

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