Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation Accepting 2016 Scholarship Applications

St. Louis, Mo. (July 9, 2015)—Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation, the charitable foundation of the American Optometric Association (AOA), is accepting applications for four scholarship opportunities offered to optometry student members of the AOA and the American Optometric Student Association. 

Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship, sponsored by Essilor
$10,000 for one third-year student
This scholarship honors Bernard Maitenaz, one of the foremost authorities in optical science and engineering. Maitenaz is the inventor of the Varilux® lens and worked at Essilor for 43 years. 

InfantSEE® Scholarship, sponsored by Vision West, Inc.
First-place: $5,000 for a third-year studentRunner-up: $2,500 for a third-year student
The InfantSEE® scholarship requires applicants to demonstrate their commitment to children's vision and the InfantSEE program, which provides no-cost comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants between 6 months and one year of age.

Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship
$2,500 for one third-year student
Applicants for the Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship are required to demonstrate the qualities they have developed through financial planning/work experience during and/or before optometry school that will be the most useful in a professional optometric practice. 

Dr. Pat and Patrick Cummings Scholarship (sponsored in part by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.)
$5,000 for a fourth-year student
In tribute to father and son, the Cummings family has established the Dr. Pat & Patrick Cummings Memorial Fund through Optometry Cares. This scholarship fund allows the legacy of two amazing individuals to live on. 

Each school must set an appropriate on-campus deadline so that there is ample opportunity to judge, select and submit the entries. Entries are due to Optometry Cares no later than October 30, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. (CST). Winners will be announced in January 2016.

To learn more about endowment and scholarships offered through Optometry Cares or to make a donation to support these scholarships, visit aoafoundation.org/endowment-fund. Questions may be directed to Foundation Director, Rebecca Hildebrand, via email at RAHildebrand@aoa.org or by phone, at 314.983.4154.

About Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation:
As optometry's premier philanthropic and charitable organization, Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation has a mission to expand eye care awareness, education and research, as well as access to eye health and vision care, to everyone in the United States in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. With strategic ties with the AOA, strong volunteer leadership and generous donors, Optometry Cares is able to manage two community health programs, VISION USA and InfantSEE, as well as the public-private initiative Healthy Eyes Healthy People®; administer Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief; provide scholarship grants for educational assistance; and maintain the Archives and Museum for the optometric profession. To make a tax-deductible donation today, visit aoafoundation.org

About the American Optometric Association (AOA):
The American Optometric Association, a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations, was founded in 1898. Today, the AOA is proud to represent the profession of optometry, America's family eye doctors, who take a leading role in an individual's overall eye and vision care, health and well-being. Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye and have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders, diseases and injuries that affect the eye and visual system, providing two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. For information on a variety of eye health and vision topics, and to find an optometrist near you, visit aoa.org