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Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship

One of the earliest endowed gifts to Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation was a scholarship fund established through a bequest from the late Seymour Galina, O.D., long-time AOA member. The Foundation manages the endowment by investing the original gift and then using the earnings to fund the Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship Grant in perpetuity.  

Dr. Galina and his family continue to be remembered for his generous love of the profession through this $2,500 scholarship, which will be awarded to one optometry student who has successfully completed the following criteria and whose paper is judged to be the best essay submitted to Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Be a third-year student member (class of 2020) of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and the AOA;
  • Be a student in good academic standing based on your school’s criteria;
  • Submit a written paper (in English), not to exceed 1,500 characters including spaces and addresses questions below.


Topic to Address:

  • Qualities I have developed through my financial planning/work experience during and/or before optometry school, that I believe will be most useful to me in a professional optometric practice.

Each school and college will choose one candidate from all applications received by their on-campus deadline. Each school must forward the individual’s name and essay to Optometry Cares® in St. Louis.   The winner will be announced in January 2019.

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 19 at 5pm.