Scholarship applications will be open from April 1st to May 31st each year for awards made that following academic year.

The UAB School of Optometry offers scholarships and awards that provide financial support for our outstanding Optometry students. Currently, the School has 56 endowed optometry scholarships which were generously given by alumni and friends of the School of Optometry. Some scholarships provide multiple awards. Most awards range in value between $500 and $1500 each, though there are exceptions that have higher award amounts.

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Be assured that the Scholarship Committee will show understanding and flexibility when evaluating your academic record for scholarship consideration during the semesters affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Pass/Fail grading scale used for courses will be accepted if an applicant has chosen to utilize it. Ultimately the Scholarship Committee remains committed to ensuring the best and brightest students receive the support they deserve using a holistic assessment process.

All scholarship applications must be submitted through the UAB BSMART System. The scholarship application deadline is May 31st of each year. Awards will be posted to student accounts at the beginning of the fall semester.

Below are the scholarship qualifications:

  • Applicants must be admitted and have paid their deposit or be enrolled in the UAB School of Optometry.
  • All scholarships require at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for all coursework; incoming students MUST use the undergraduate GPA they submitted with their application.
  • Applicants are required to submit a resume showcasing their extracurricular activities, their job and/or volunteer experience, and their leadership involvement.
  • Applicants are required to submit a one-page essay explaining why they are deserving of a scholarship award. Please use this space to list any relevant stories, special experiences, extenuating circumstances, or challenges.

In addition to applying for these scholarships, all applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid through the UAB Financial Aid Office in order to be considered for financing assistance, federal loans, and need-based scholarships.

For additional information about the scholarship process, please contact:

Sarah Gulledge
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Endowed Scholarship Opportunities

The School of Optometry is grateful for the generous support of our alumni and friends for providing the following Scholarships:

The Abel Family Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Abraham Azman Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Aharon Sternberg Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Arol Augsburger, O.D. Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Birmingham Area Optometric Society Endowed Optometry Award Fund

The Bob and Hulene Crosby Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Clark F. Amos Endowed Optometry Presidential Scholarship

The Day Family Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Douglas & Connie Clark Endowed Optometry Leadership Scholarship

The Dr. Bradford W. Wild Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Dr. Catherine S. Amos Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Dr. Charles A “Scotty” McCallum Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Dr. E.C. Overton Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Dr. Elbert A. (Bert) Coshatt / Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Dr. Ernest DeBakey Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Dr. Jess Boyd Eskridge / UABSO Alumni Optometry Scholarship

The Dr. Jimmy Bartlett Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Dr. Kristine Hopkins Vision Therapy Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Dr. L. Don Snellgrove Endowed Scholarship in Optometry

The Dr. Lester Caplan / CIBA Vision Corporation Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Dr. Terrence N. Ingraham Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Paul S. Worrell Endowed Memorial Optometry Scholarship

The Drs. Debi & Rod Nowakowski Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Drs. James & Robin Marbourg Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Drs. John and Catherine Amos Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Edgar M. Warr Endowed Alumni Scholarship

The Energen / Alagasco Endowed Scholarship

The Essilor of America Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Eydie C. Jones Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Faculty of Optometry and Vision Sciences Student Optometry Scholarship Endowment

The Florence Lions Club Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Fredric and Marion Rosemore Family Foundation Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Helen and David Bunkin Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Heersink Family Foundation Scholarship in Optometry

The Heersink Family Optometric Scholarship Endowment in Optometry

The Henry B. Peters Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The HOYA Vision Care Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The John & Jeanne Classe’ Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The John A. Williamson Endowed Scholarship in the School of Optometry

The Lee Dickerson Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Luxottica Eye Care Student Leadership Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Marin & Rita Gaffney Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The New Orleans Contact Lens Society Scholarship (2)

The Richard B. Booth Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Robert and Judy Rutstein Binocular Vision Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Sara Fran Hanan Endowed Award Fund for Low Vision

The Schaeffer Eye Center Endowed Award Fund

The SECO International Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The SECO University Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Smith-Hammonds Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Southern Council of Optometrists Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Sylvia D. Worrell Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Vision Care Institute Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Whitewater Creek Symposia Endowed Optometry Scholarship

The Zeiss Endowed Optometry Scholarship