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Foundation now accepting grant applications

October 23, 2013

Galina grant

A $2,500 grant established at the bequest of the late Dr. Seymour Galina, longtime AOA member, will be awarded to the optometry student who wins the annual essay contest.

The student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a third-year student member (class of 2015) in good standing in the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and the AOA;
  • Be a student in good academic standing;
  • Submit a paper, written in English, not to exceed 1,500 words on the following topic: 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.

Students should check with their schools’ Student Affairs Office to determine the on-campus deadline. Each school and college will choose one candidate from all applications received for submission to Optometry Cares® by Jan. 13, 2014. One overall winner will be announced in May 2014.

InfantSEE® grant 

Vision West, Inc. and Optometry Cares® are offering a national scholarship program to promote InfantSEE®. The national winner will be awarded $5,000, and the runner-up will receive $2,500.

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®, with the following criteria:

  • Be a third-year student member (class of 2015) in good standing in the AOSA and the AOA;
  • Be a student in good academic standing;
  • Submit a paper, written in English, not to exceed 1,000 words. This paper needs to address EACH of the following topics:

1. What have you done as a student to prepare yourself to become an active participant as an InfantSEE® provider?

2. How have your clinical experiences directly contributed to your development as a future participant in the InfantSEE® program and how you will translate these experiences into clinical practice as an InfantSEE® provider?

3. What do you see as the major challenges to providing optometric care to infants and how would you overcome these challenges?

4. Describe how you would personally promote the InfantSEE® program and what you envision the most effective method of marketing the importance of infant vision as an entry point into a lifetime of eye care at a state and national level.

Students should check with their Student Affairs Office to determine the institution’s on-campus deadline. The Optometry Cares® deadline is Jan. 13, 2014. The winner will be announced in May 2014.

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