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Infantsee Scholarship Essays

About the Scholarship: The Missouri Optometric Association Auxiliary sponsors two annual scholarships in the amount of $3000.00. These scholarships are awarded to two Missouri residents enrolled in optometry school. The scholarship is awarded on academic achievement, college and community service, and the quality of the required essay.

Deadline for This Year: September 5, 2017

Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a school or college of Optometry, have completed two years of optometry school, and be a resident of Missouri for at least 8 years.

Materials to Submit: Please submit with your application the following: curriculum vitae, transcripts for optometry school(s), and an essay.

The Curriculum Vitae must include the following:

  • education
  • academic honors
  • publications and presentations
  • academic organization affiliations with offices held and organizational activities
  • employment history
  • community activities
  • all community organization affiliations with offices held and organizational activities
  • hobbies

The essay should be between 1 to 2 double spaced pages with 10 to 12 point font and must include the following:

  • why you chose optometry as your profession
  • future practice plans 1, 5, and 10 years from graduation
  • brief description of what benefit the scholarship will be to you and your family.

Download the scholarship applicationif you would like to apply.

Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are awarded based upon academic performance or other criteria specifically outlined. Grants do not require repayment and are based on financial need only.



Merit-based, internal awards are available to UIWRSO students based upon qualifying academic, service and leadership factors. These scholarships currently range from $1000 to help offset books, supplies & equipment to $8000 to help significantly mitigate the cost of attendance. These scholarships include:

  • Academic Achievement Scholarship

    One year award available to all classes.  Incoming students are considered based on academic criteria gleamed from the admissions file.  Active students (2nd, 3rd, and 4th Years) are reviewed annually based on the academic achievement within the professional program. 

  • Mission Award

    One year scholarship offered to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Year students.  One student from each class is selected annually by the faculty scholarship and awards committee.  Students are selected who have best exemplified the UIWRSO mission.

  • Service Award

    One year scholarship offered to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Year students.  One student from each class is selected annually by the faculty scholarship and awards committee.  Students are selected who have made the strongest impact on their communities.

  • Leadership Award

    One year scholarship offfered to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Year students.  One student from each class is selected annually by the faculty scholarship and awards committee.  Students are selected who have demonstrated strong leadership skills.

  • Clinical/Pre-Clinical Award

    One year scholarship offered to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Year students.  One student from each class is selected annually by the faculty scholarship and awards committee.  Students are selected based on exemplary demonstration of their clinical skills within the optometry course series and clinical rotations.



UIWRSO receives a large amount of outside scholarship opportunities specifically for optometry students.  Once you are enrolled, the faculty scholarship committee will forward outside scholarship opportunities to all students meeting the criteria specified in the application whether it be year in school, clinic, state of residence, etc.  Examples of some of the many opportunities are listed below:

  • Alcon Case Report Awards

    Awarded to a 4th year student, one winner per school.  In order to qualify, the student must write a case report on suggested topics.   $1,000 for school winner, $5,000 for a national winner.


  • AOA InfantSEE Scholarship

    The Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr. InfantSEE® program.  The award will be presented at AOA Optometry's Meeting®.  The recipient will receive travel reimbursement up to $1,000 to attend the event and a gold medallion.


  • AOF Molinari Scholarship

    One scholarship of $6,000 will be awarded for the academic year.  The Molinari Scholarship was established to assist an exceptional student who has extraordinary financial needs and, a such, would have difficulty meeting the financial requirements of attending optometry school.  Financial need is a major criteria for selection, but academic and leadership potential are also important considerations.


  • AOSA Travel Grant Essay Contest - Allegran

    Two $550 travel grants awarded per school.  Finalist from each school is eligible to compete nationally for an additional $1,000 for the top three winning essays.


  • AOSA Travel Grant Essay Contest - The Vision Care Institute

    One $500 travel grant will be awarded to each school for the winning essay.


  • ASCO Student Award in Clinical Ethics

    National award for students in the final two years of their program.  Essay must be submitted.  $1,000 award and plaque.


  • Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship

    Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio distributes grants annually to not-for-profit organizations which provide healthcare services and funds health education throughout Bexar County and contiguous counties in South Texas.


  • Beta Sigma Kappa Student Research Grant

    Grants are open to all students, not just BSK members.  Grant requests are not to exceed $1,000 and the research proposal must be related to the field of clinical optometry, visual science, or public health.


  • COVD Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy

    Award for fourth year students who have demonstrated strong interest and clinical skill in the area of vision therapy.  Award is a plaque.


  • CPRIT MD Anderson Summer Program

    Internship in clinical education and research training.  Scholars are given stipends, fringe benefits, and travel allowance.


  • CRIZAL DCRP Award Program

    Program is open to Fourth-year Optometry.  One Essilor Digital Corneal Reflex Pupilometer and case (valued at approximately $500).


  • Dr. Allan V. Wexler Memorial Scholarship

    Sponsored by the Georgia Optometric Foundation.  Students must be a resident of Georgia and in good standing.  $1,500 scholarship.


  • Dr. Seymour Galina Grant (AOA Foundation)

    $2,500 scholarship grant, which will be awarded to one optometry student whose paper is judged to be the best essay submitted to Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation.


  • Dr. Stanley Pearle Scholarship

    Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, based on scholastic performance and potential.  Applicants are required to describe accomplishments in leadership, community service, and activities.


  • Eschenbach Low Vision Student Award Program

    4th year student must demonstrate clinical skills in the area of low vision therapy.  Engraved plaque award.


  • Military Health Professions Scholarship

    The Military offers competitive scholarships for full tuition and required fees plus a monthly stipend through the Air Force, Army, and Navy.  HPSP Scholarship recipients are commissioned as officers and required to serve in the military for a specific period of time, depending upon the number of years the recipient received the HPSP Scholarship.  Applications and additional information are available directly from local Army, Navy, and Air Force recruitment offices, which are located through the United States.

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  • HOYA Visioncare Grants and Scholarships

    Hoya Visioncare, a manufacturer of lenses, has established a program combining grants and scholarships given to third and fourth year students.  Students enter the competition by submitting an ePoster Case Study in which a HOYA product was used.  Each participating school chooses one winner of a $1,000 grant, and after review by HOYA one of those students also receives a $6,000 scholarship.


  • J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

    The Cummings Scholarship is awarded to one who best demonstrates the ideal eye care standards of practice, achievement in both academic performance and extracurricular activities, and participation with other professional pursuits such as involvement with patients through internships.  Community service, and other volunteer activities.  Sponsored by VISTAKON®, one $1,000 award and a personalized plaque is awarded to one second or third year student attending each school of optometry.


  • Project Foresight (Wal-Mart and Sam's Club Health and Wellness)

    Students present "Optometric Practice of the Future" business plan and presentation.  $1,500 Team Scholarship Award per school.  National Grant Prize is $15,000.


  • Texas State Optical Scholarship

    Three $2,000 scholarships offered by Texas State Optical Inc. each year.  Scholarships are open to third year optometry students attending RSO.


  • Varilux Student Grant (Essilor)

    Program is open to optometry students who have experience in the clinic's dispensary.  Students submit case reports to patients fit with Varilux lenses. The student with the selected report will receive $1,000 plus an entry into national judging.  National award winner receives a $2,500 travel grant.


  • VISTAKON, AOA Contact Lnes Patient Care Award

    Sponsored by Vistakon. $1,000 award and plaque is awarded to an outstanding 4th year student clinician who has demonstrated excellence in contact lens patient care.


  • VSP "Vision Care For Life" Award

    Two $4,000 scholarships for each school to support 4th year student. Students selected to receive the scholarship demonstrate clinical excellence and express a great desire to pursue a career in private practice.


  • Walman Optical Company Scholarship Program

    Students receive an award ranging from $1,000 - $4,000.  Students must complete application and submit transcripts. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply each year.


  • Wal-Mart Optical Education Scholarship

    Wal-Mart offers $1,000 scholarships to optometry students with high scholastic standing and financial need.  Students should show a desire to enter community practice upon graduation.



In addition, there are several comprehensive, searchable scholarship databases on the web, including FastWeb and Wiredscholar.  FastWeb can be found at http://www.fastweb.com/ and provides access to private local and national scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. 


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