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Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship

In honor of Maitenaz’s accomplishments and contributions to the field of optometry, Essilorhas established the Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship. The annual $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to the author of the entry judged to be the best submitted to Optometry Cares, in accordance with the criteria listed below.

Applicant Eligibility: 

  • The applicant must be a third-year optometry student member (class of 2019) with the American Optometric Student Association and the American Optometric Association.
  • The applicant must be in good academic standing.
  • The applicant must demonstrate financial need as defined by their Financial Aid Office.

Application Requirements:
To apply for the scholarship, the third-year optometry student must complete the following requirements:

  •  The applicant must submit a two-page essay AND a five-slide PowerPoint Presentation or three-minute video.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. One of the letters must be from an academic adviser/teacher/dean where the applicant attends school.
  • These applications must be submitted to the school or college where the applicant is enrolled first. Then, each school or college will vet the applications and submit only one to Optometry Cares to be judged.

 Video Requirements:

  • We recommend videos under three minutes. Supported YouTube file formats are: .MOV, .MPEG4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, and WebM.
  • The video may contain an unlimited number of people, but only the participant submitting the video will be eligible for the scholarship. Each applicant choosing to do a video must upload their video to YouTube, and then email the link to foundation@aoa.org. Video must be original, and the participant must have the rights to any and all media used. Videos must not infringe on any third-party rights or copyrights. If Optometry Cares receives a notice of copyright infringements from the owner of the material, the video in violation will be removed.

Essay Requirements:

  • Essay must be written in English
  • Essay not to exceed 1,500 words

 PowerPoint Requirements:

  • PowerPoint should not exceed five slides

All entries should focus on:

  • All entries must focus on the impact of vision on performance, economics education and lifestyle in the United States and beyond. Applicants must demonstrate leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, and work experience, as well as include goals and aspirations, and unusual personal or family circumstances.

Schools of optometry will determine their top applicant and send his or her materials to Optometry Cares. Applications will be reviewed by Optometry Cares Endowment and Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee, and a winner will be determined in January 2018.


For all criteria please visit: the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Website.

Recipient must be in good academic standing and meet UHCO eligibility requirements. 
Completed applications should be sent via email to: rherrin@central.uh.edu by October 24 at 5pm.