Optometry Scholarships

Offset the High Cost of Optometry School

Optometrists are responsible for examining eyes, testing vision, and prescribing corrective lenses. Like all medical fields, employment in optometry is growing very rapidly, and there is a correspondingly large amount of financial aid offered to interested students. The following brief sample of current optometry scholarships will give you an idea of the many different places to find assistance.

Government Scholarships

Health Resources and Services Administrationoptometry scholarships

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program, which includes students of optometry. Applicants must qualify having disadvantaged backgrounds, for which the most easily recognizable criterion is financial need. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has formulated a definition used to evaluate scholarship applications.

HRSA awards funds to participating medical schools, which then select recipients and disburse the money. Check with your school’s financial aid office for more information.

Scholarships From Colleges

University of Houston

The University of Houston College of Optometry has posted a long list of available scholarships, and here are three of them:

There is a single application for all scholarships called the Student Data Sheet.

State University of New York

The College of Optometry at State University of New York (SUNY) has assembled a very well organized page describing college costs and financial aid, including scholarships. Your academic history, financial need, and score on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) will all be considered. Here are three of the available scholarships:

Illinois College of Optometry

The Illinois College of Optometry, which is not part of any other school, offers three scholarships to its students:

Scholarships From Private Organizations

HOYA Vision Care

HOYA Vision Care, 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.

OneSight Research Foundation

The OneSight Research Foundation administers the Dr. Stanley Pearle Scholarship Fund, which distributes twenty scholarships worth $2,000 apiece every year. OneSight has moved away from paper to an online application, and there is an annual deadline for submitting your information. Characteristics desired by the foundation’s evaluation committee include scholastic excellence and strong commitment to serving the public through the practice of optometry.

National Optometric Association

The National Optometric Association (NOA) offers financial support to members of its student affiliate (the National Optometric Student Association, or NOSA), including the following scholarships: