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Foundation announces scholarship funding

February 13, 2013

Optometry Cares® is pleased to offer a national scholarship program, sponsored by Vision West, Inc. (VWI), a leading national ophthalmic product buying group, to promote InfantSEE®.

The national winner will be awarded $5,000, and the runner-up will receive $2,500.

InfantSEE®, a public health program managed by Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, AOA optometrists provide a no-cost comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage.

“The 2009 InfantSEE® Scholarship Grant enabled my husband, also an optometry student, and me to work an outstanding summer externship in San Antonio without taking additional loans for living expenses. At this stage in our education, obtaining an additional loan would have been difficult, but much thanks to Vision West for sponsoring this scholarship, allowing us to keep our minds focused on learning and less concerned with financial burden,” said Jessica Unruh, O.D., who received the 2009 InfantSEE® scholarship grant.

This InfantSEE® Scholarship Grant, sponsored by Vision West, Inc., will be awarded to the author of the entry judged to be the best essay submitted to Optometry Cares®.

For complete details, visit http://bit.ly/VKKvez.

2013 Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship Grant

A $2,500 grant established at the bequest of the late Dr. Seymour Galina, longtime AOA member, will be awarded to an optometry student who meets the criteria and whose paper is judged to be the best essay submitted to Optometry Cares®.

“The Dr. Seymour Galina Grant is the most prestigious award I have received in my optometric career. With the generous scholarship funds, I was able to purchase additional clinical equipment which has allowed me to become a more efficient, confident clinician. I am very honored to have been chosen for this award, and I will cherish this achievement throughout my professional career,” said Jacoby Dewald, O.D., a Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry grad who was the 2009 Dr. Seymour Galina Grant Recipient.

For complete details on applying for the Galina grant, visit http://bit.ly/U1FUU1.

For more information and all scholarship guidelines, visit www.aoafoundation.org.

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