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UH College of Optometry Scholarships

Benedict Scholars Endowment

This scholarship is to fund an incoming OPT I student in the College of Optometry. 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. 
 

Billy W. Armistead Scholarship

Established in memory of Dr. Billy W. Armistead and of his many deeds benefiting the profession of optometry and the University of Houston College of Optometry.

Criteria:

  • This scholarship is awarded to an OPT III student who has shown excellence in the basic and optometric sciences and has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.
  • Recipient must be in good academic standing and meet UHCO eligibility requirements. 
  • Selection is made by the College of Optometry Scholarship Committee. 
Class Endowed Scholarships

Each graduating class has been asked to establish an endowment fund to support scholarships to deserving optometry students.  8 Class Scholarships are now fully funded:  1966, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 2010.  

Criteria:

  • These scholarships are to fund an OPT student at the College of Optometry.
  • Recipient must be in good academic standing and meet UHCO eligibility requirements. 
  • Selection is made by the College of Optometry Scholarship Committee. 
Dr. Charles Briggs Scholarship

To provide support to the UH College of Optometry which includes scholarships. May also be used for the purchase of laboratory and computer equipment, faculty education, and other ancillary tools to promote Training and Research associated with the study of the cornea and contact lenses in optometry.

Dr. Clinton & Dorothy DeWolfe Scholarship

Fellowship. Can be an incoming first-year or a current 2nd - 4th year professional student, and must have a GPA and OAT score in accordance with standards set by the College of Optometry Scholarship Committee. The recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by the College of Optometry Scholarship Selection Committee.

Dr. Deborah Adler- Grinberg Scholarship

Need Based. Scholarships to students in the College of Optometry who demonstrate financial need and are in the beginning of their third year of studying vision science. Preference is for two scholarships to be awarded, each in the amount of tuition. In any given year distributable income is less than the tuition amount then the income will be distributed equally for two scholarships. The recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by the College of Optometry Scholarship Selection Committee.

Dr. Desiree Hopping Presidential Endowed Scholarship

PES in Optometry. Entering freshmen or first year professional students, renewed up to 8 semesters, must have a GPA of 3.5 and a class rank of 10% or above OR a SAT of 1200 or above. Must maintain GPA of 3.3 or better and enroll in 13 to 14 hours each semester. The University Scholarship Committee shall select the PES recipients. Appointment of the PES shall be made by the President of the University.

Dr. Elena Estefan Fellowship Scholarship

Fellowship. Applicant(s) can be an incoming first-year professional student, is renewable provided the recipient(s) continue to meet eligibility requirements including GPA and OAT scores, and may accept other fellowships and grants. The recipient(s) of the fellowship will be determined by the College of Optometry Scholarship Selection Committee.

Dr. Harold F. Lovitt Scholarship

No restrictions except that the funds go to the University of Houston College of Optometry. The funds are available to be used for any lawful manner and within the written policies and procedures established by UH.

Dr. Harry Jankiewicz Memorial Scholarship

Merit Based. To be used for scholarships in the College of Optometry. There are no other restrictions.

Dr. J. Davis Armistead Presidential Endowed Scholarship

PES in Optometry. Entering freshmen or first year professional students, renewed up to 8 semesters, must have a GPA of 3.5 and a class rank of 10% or above OR a SAT of 1200 or above. Must maintain GPA of 3.3 or better and enroll in 13 to 14 hours each semester. The University Scholarship Committee shall select the PES recipients. Appointment of the PES shall be made by the President of the University.

Dr. James Chin Scholarship

Merit based. GPA Minimum: 3.4. Applicant must be a currently full-time enrolled or incoming optometry degree-seeking student in good academic standing at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Scholarship applicant must meet eligibility requirements on Optometry Admission Test OAT scores as determined by the UHCO Scholarship Committee. Other scholarship s and grant may be accepted. Scholarship is renewable while the student is enrolled in the optometry professional program full-time and maintains good academic standing for a total award period not to exceed four (4) consecutive years, and provide recipient continues to meet scholarship criteria as outlined. Recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by the UH College of Optometry Scholarship Selection Committee.

Dr. Jerald W. Strickland Presidential Endowed Scholarship

PES in Optometry. Entering freshmen or first year professional students, renewed up to 8 semesters, must have a GPA of 3.5 and a class rank of 10% or above OR a SAT of 1200 or above. Must maintain GPA of 3.3 or better and enroll in 13 to 14 hours each semester. The University Scholarship Committee shall select the PES recipients. Appointment of the PES shall be made by the President of the University.

Dr. Mark Lanier Presidential Endowed Scholarship

PEF in Optometry. Fellowships are limited to students entering graduate or professional programs at the UH. PEFs are renewable for four years provided the student continues to meet the eligibility requirements. The Dean of the College of Optometry shall select the PEF recipients.

Dr. Mikela D. Kwan Scholarship

Merit Based. Available to UHCO optometry students who are in at least their second year, must have and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and may accept other scholarships and grants. Preference to a student from Mississippi, or in lieu of an applicant from Mississippi, preference to an applicant from New Mexico. If there are no qualified applicants from either state, the award may be given to a student from any state so long as the other criteria are met. The recipient(s) of the scholarship will be determined by the College of Optometry Scholarship Committee.