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Optometric Awards and Scholarships

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry offers a number of awards, scholarships, plaques, equipment, and travel awards that are provided by vendors, alumni, national optometric organizations, regional organizations, state organizations, local organizations and the School. 

The School of Optometry currently has 29 endowed scholarships with 15 more moving toward endowment to secure a total of 44.  Scholarship funding is an extremely important funding priority for the School.  Our staff is dedicated to increasing the number of endowed scholarships for our students.

In addition, some branches of the military, offer one, two, and three year scholarships on a competitive basis.  Scholarship benefits will vary with each branch, and may offer tuition, book, and equipment reimbursement along with a stipend for living expenses while you are in school.  Students who apply and are chosen to receive a military scholarship will be required to meet specific contractual obligations after graduation, and will be classified as an Officer in the military. 

UAB School of Optometry Awards, Scholarships, and Endowed Scholarships:

  • ABBA Optical Excellence Award for Fitting of GP Contact Lenses
  • ABBA Optical Excellence Award for Prescription of GP Contact Lenses
  • Abel Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Alabama Optometric Association Leadership Award
  • Alcon 4th Year Optometry Student Scholarship
  • Allan Wexler Scholarship
  • American Foundation of Vision Awareness
  • AOA Advanced Medical Optics Resident Award
  • AOA Allergan Student/Resident Award
  • AOA CIBA Vision Student Award
  • AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section Student Award
  • AOA Cooper Vision Student/Resident Award
  • AOA InfantSEE Scholarship Grant—Sponsored by Vision West, Inc.
  • AOA $1,000 Student Leadership Award
  • AOF Antoinette M. Molinari Scholarship
  • AOF Carl Zeiss Vision Fellowships
  • AOF Vistakon® J. Pat Cummings Acuvue® Scholarship
  • AOF Shelton Wechsler and George Mertz Contact Lens Residency Awards
  • AOF Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award
  • AOF Vistakon ACUVUE Eye Health Advisor Student Citizenship Scholarship
  • AOF Vistakon Pediatric Optometry Residency Award
  • AOF Vistakon Research Grants
  • AOSA The Vision Care Institute Travel Grant Essay Contest
  • AOSA The Vision Care Institute Allergan Travel Grant Essay Contest
  • The Arol Augsberger, O.D. Endowed Scholarship
  • ASCO Student Award in Clinical Ethics
  • ASCO Travel Grant
  • Azman Scholarship
  • Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society Certificates
  • Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society Research Grant
  • Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society Silver Medal
  • Birmingham Area Optometric Society Clinician Award
  • The CAO Robert L. Ross Memorial Scholarship
  • Clark F. Amos Endowed Presidential Scholarship
  • COVD Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy
  • COVD Dr. Martin Kane Student Research Award
  • Dean’s Award of Excellence
  • Designs for Vision, Inc. William Feinbloom Low Vision Award
  • Dr. Bradford W. Wild Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Dorothy Weitzner Kornblut
  • Dr. E.C. Overton/Alumni Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Edgar M. Warr Alumni Scholarship
  • Dr. Elbert A. “Bert” Coshatt Alumni Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Ernest DeBakey Scholarship
  • Dr. Lee Dickerson Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship Foundation
  • Dr. Lester Caplan/CIBA Vision Corporation Endowed Scholarship
  • Drs. John and Catherine Amos Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Seymour Galina Grant
  • Eydie C. Jones Scholarship Fund
  • Energen/Alagasco Endowed Scholarship
  • Eschenbach Low Vision Award
  • The Faculty of Optometry and Vision Sciences Student Scholarship Endowment
  • Frederic and Marion Rosemore Family Foundation Scholarship
  • The George Comstock Foundation Scholarship
  • GPLI Contact Lens Clinical Excellence Award
  • Health Focus of Southwest Virginia Medical Professions Scholarship
  • Heart of America Contact Lens Society
  • Henry B. Peters, O.D. Endowed Scholarship
  • Hilda L. Rand Scholarship
  • Howlin’ Mad Smith Detachment of the Marine Corps League Scholarship
  • HOYA Vision Care Grant and Scholarship Program
  • Jess Boyd Eskridge Clinical Excellence Award
  • John A. Williamson Endowed Scholarship
  • Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics
  • Kansas Optometric Foundation
  • Kentucky Optometric Association Scholarship
  • Low Vision.Com/Optelec US, Inc.
  • Marchon Practice Management Award
  • Martin Kane Student Research Award
  • Minnie F. Turner Memorial Fund for Impaired Vision
  • Michigan Foundation for Vision Awareness
  • New Orleans Contact Lens Society Scholarship 
  • NOSA  Dr. Cave Memorial Award
  • NOSA Dr. Hamp Burney Memorial Scholarship
  • NOSA  Drs. John L. Howlette and C. Clayton Powell Student Founders Award
  • NOSA Dr. Robert Johnson Pediatric/Vision Therapy Award
  • One Sight Research Foundation Dr. Stanley Pearle Scholarship Fund
  • Patrick Everet Cummings Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Paul S. Worrell Endowed Scholarship
  • Paul S. & Sylvia D. Worrell Vision Science Endowed Scholarship
  • Robert & Marge Wold Annual Meeting Grant
  • Richard B. Booth Endowed Scholarship
  • SECO Scholarship
  • Southern Council of Optometrists Clinical Excellence Award
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award
  • Varilux Student Grant Award Program
  • Vision America Co-Management Award
  • Vision America Outstanding CEVS Student Award
  • Vision Service Plan/Dr. Henry B. Peters Excellence in Primary Care Scholarship Award
  • Vision Service Plan Excellence in Primary Care Scholarship Award
  • Vistakon Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Award Patient Care
  • Vistakon Travel Grant
  • Vistakon Acuvue Eye Health Advisor Student Citizenship Award
  • Walman Optical Company Scholarship Program
  • Wal-Mart Scholarship
  • William C. Ezell Fellowship
  • Winchester Optical David J. Kerko Low Vision Award
  • Wisconsin Optometric Association Award


Additional awards can be found by searching the internet.

Dr Jillian Meadows presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series
Sponsored by the UAB VSRC, the Helen Keller Art show honors students with visual impairments for their artistic abilities and creative works.
Vision Science PhD trainee Katie Bales presents her research during the VSGP Student Seminar Series


UAB School of Optometry
1716 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233
P: (205) 975-2020



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