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W. W. Hampton Scholarship Endowment

Doctor W. W. Hampton (1895-1974) was Doctor Michael Koehl's grandfather and an optometrist who had a long career in San Antonio.  He gave his grandson an interest in science by showing him foe craters on the moon, four of the moons of Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn using an old World War I spotting scope. He also took care of Dr. Koehl during World War II, when his grandson was born with keratoconus, severe myopia, and the loss of the central vision in his right eye due to an injury at birth. He made his grandson his first glasses and tried to help him with eye exercises, as there was only one ophthalmologist left in town, and that individual wanted to remove Dr. Koehl's right eye. Dr. Koehl's parents were told that their son would be blind by the time he was eighteen. In 1953, Dr. Hampton made arrangements for his fourteen year old grandson to be seen by Dr. Newton Wesley, of Wesley-Jessen, who fitted him with his first pair of rigid contact lenses, Dr. Koehl became one of the first three patients in San 
Antonio who were fitted with them by Dr. Wesley, who had developed them to treat his own keratoconus. It was clue to Dr. Hampton's good care and his advocacy of his grandson's case that Doctor Koehl was able (despite his vision at birth) to complete his education through medical school and to become a pathologist. 

  • Scholarship applicant must be an incoming degree seeking student in the College of Optometry's professional program, or a full time degree-seeking optometry student currently enrolled in the professional program and in good academic standing.
  • Current optometry students must have an overall GP A of 3.4 in accordance with the standards set by the College of Optometry Scholarship Committee. Incoming students must have an overall GPA of 3 .5 at their undergraduate
  • institution.
  • Scholarship applicant must exhibit leadership qualities and a passion and commitment to serve underserved populations as determined by the College of Optometry Scholarship Committee.
  • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated their commitment to underserved populations through volunteer activities while attending their undergraduate programs if an entering optometry student, or be a currently enrolled optometry student in good standing with the Student Volunteers of Optometric Se!'vices to Humanity (SVOSI-I) and/or the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA).
  • Preference will be given to students who have a desire to practice in Texas.
  • Scholarship recipient may accept othel' scholarships and grants in conjunction with this scholarship up to the cost of attendance., which includes tuition, fees, books, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses.
  •  Scholarship award may be renewed provided the recipient continues to meet the above criteria,
  • The recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by the College of Optometry Scholarship Selection Committee and the College of Optometry Admissions Committee.

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