Scholarships

Pre-Graduation Student Scholarships

Annual scholarships are available to students entering any of the four professional years of study at the Southern California College of Optometry and are based on criteria that include academic excellence, clinical ability, financial need, leadership, and other criteria. These campus-based scholarships are presented at an event held during the Fall Quarter. All monetary scholarships are directly applied to the recipient's educational expenses at the University.

Dr. Charles A. Abel Memorial Endowed Scholarships (1982)
These endowed scholarships are in recognition of, Charles A. Abel, O.D., '49, former Dean of Academic Affairs at the Southern California College of Optometry. Two awards are presented annually to entering fourth-year students, with financial need, who have demonstrated excellence in family practice and case analysis courses and/or clinical application. Selection is made by the Chief of the Jarnagin Primary Eye Care Service. The two scholarships are $1,500 each.
The Drs. Kevin and Carol Alexander Leadership Endowed Scholarship (2015)
The Alexander Leadership Endowment will offer annual support to a qualified incoming 4th year optometry student who demonstrates outstanding leadership ability. The recipient will be selected by the Dean of the Southern California College of Optometry. The annual scholarship will be valued at a minimum of $1,250. The scholarship is designed to support opportunities for the development and training of future leaders by capitalizing on the considerable contributions and talents of SCCO students.
Alumni Association of Marshall B. Ketchum University Endowed Scholarships (1979)
These endowed scholarships were established by the Alumni Association of the Southern California College of Optometry to honor, Leslie W. Scown, O.D., a faculty member at the College from 1923-54. These scholarships are presented to first-, second-, third- and fourth-year students. Selection is made by the Scholarship Committee. The eight scholarships are $1,000 each.
Alvin Applebaum Memorial Endowed Scholarship (1982)
An endowment was established by, Morris Applebaum, O.D., '68, in memory of his father, who believed that education was the greatest gift he could give to his children. The scholarship is presented annually to an entering fourth-year student who has demonstrated excellence in family practice. The recipient's name is inscribed on a plaque at the College. Selection is made by the Chief of the Jarnagin Primary Eye Care Service. The scholarship is $1,200.
Arizona Vision Service Plan Endowed Scholarships (2001)
The Arizona Vision Service Plan Scholarship fund was directed to the College by, Michael R. Sellers, O.D., '78 and James L. Abbott, O.D., '80. These awards are offered to students in good academic standing from Arizona who have financial need. The selection of the scholarship recipients is made by the Scholarship Committee. Overall, $8,500 is divided between qualified students.
Art Optical Contact Lens Scholarship (1994)
This $500 scholarship is presented by Art Optical Contact Lens, Inc., to an entering second-year student who has demonstrated excellence in clinical science. The recipient is selected by the Department of Clinical Sciences.
Dr. Louis Ash Memorial Endowed Scholarship (2007)
This $500 scholarship was established by a bequest from, Dr. Louis Ash and others, as a tribute to the 1939 graduate of the Los Angeles School of Optometry (now MBKU). This scholarship is presented to an entering second-year student who has financial need. The Scholarship Committee selects the recipient.
Richard W. Baker, OD, FAAO, ’64 Scholarship for Academic Excellence
The Richard W. Baker, OD, FAAO, ’64 Scholarship for Academic Excellence will be presented to an outstanding 3rd or 4th year optometry student who has demonstrated skill and excellence in the field of contact lenses. This scholarship is intended to recognize clinical achievement as opposed to promise. The scholarship recipient will be nominated by the faculty and administrators of the Stein Family Cornea and Contact Lens Center and selected by the Chief of the department.
Black Student Endowed Scholarships (2003)
These endowed scholarships are presented to selected students of African-American heritage at the College who have financial need. The Scholarship Committee will select the recipient(s). A total of $2,000 is divided between qualifying students.
Blake Family Endowed Scholarships (2003)
This endowed fund was established by, Jim Blake, who served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1989–1998, and as Chair, 1995-97. These scholarships are available to first-, second-, and third-year students who have financial need. They are presented at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Six scholarships of $1,000 each are presented.
Dr. Frank A. Brazelton Memorial Endowed Scholarships (1989)
An endowment was established by family and friends in memory of, Professor Frank A. Brazelton, O.D., MS.Ed., '51, who served with distinction on the faculty of the College from 1952-88. Dr. Brazelton was the president of the American Academy of Optometry at the time of his passing. Two scholarships are presented to entering third-year students for excellence in family practice. The recipients are selected by the Department of Clinical Sciences. The two scholarships are $1,500 each.
Marjorie H. Bright Endowed Scholarship (1998)
This endowed scholarship, established in honor of, Marjorie H. Bright, is awarded to a third-year student with financial need. The recipient of this scholarship will be selected by the Scholarship Committee. Geographical preference will be given to students matriculating from Turlock, Modesto or the Central Valley areas of California. The scholarship is $1,250.
Joseph L. Bruneni Memorial Endowed Scholarship (2004)
Family and colleagues of Joe Bruneni, in recognition of his service to the ophthalmic industry, established this $1,000 scholarship. This scholarship is presented to an entering third-year student who has excelled with ophthalmic optics lecture and laboratory courses. The faculty in ophthalmic optics will select the recipient.
C & E Vision Service Scholarship (1986)
This $1,000 scholarship is presented by the C & E Vision Group to an entering fourth-year student who has demonstrated interest in the management of optometric practice. The Practice Management faculty selects the recipient.
California Optometric Council Endowed Scholarships (1995)
The California Optometric Council established an endowed scholarship fund to annually recognize entering fourth-year students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and interest in the profession, academic achievement, and financial need. Recipients are selected by the Scholarship Committee. The two scholarships are $1,000 each.
Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarships (1983)
Scholarships are annually awarded from an endowment established by, Reynaldo J. Carreon Jr., O.D., D.O., M.D., '25. College students who are of Mexican-American heritage and have a need for financial assistance are eligible. Preferred recognition is given to applicants who are bilingual. Overall, $10,000 is divided between qualifying students.
Drs. Fred and Betty Chelf Memorial Endowed Scholarships (2007)
This scholarship fund was established from the estate of, Drs. Fred and Betty Chelf, both graduates of the Illinois College of Optometry. A minimum of three scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, will be awarded to entering first-year students based on academic merit. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Scholarship Committee and offers made to students at the time of their acceptance into the program.
Dr. Vincent and Nina Conlan Memorial Endowed Scholarship (2010)
This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an entering first-year student that has demonstrated a positive spirit toward the optometric profession. The Scholarship Committee selects the recipient.
J. Pat Cummings Scholarship (2003)
This $1,000 scholarship and plaque is awarded to a third-year student intern who best exemplifies ideal eye care standards of practice including the importance of eye health; the proper contact lens wear and care; and community service and volunteerism. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship Committee based on an essay, “The values I’ve learned through community service and volunteerism.”
Dr. Leon Darrow Memorial Endowed Scholarships (2002)
These scholarships were established by, Evelyn Darrow, in memory of her husband. These scholarships are available to second- or third-year students from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) States who are not being funded by WICHE awards. The selection of these recipients is made by the Scholarship Committee. A total of $5,000 is divided between qualifying students.
Dr. George I. Deane Jr. Memorial Leadership Scholarship (1978)
This scholarship was established by the California Optometric Association (COA) in memory of, George I. Deane Jr., O.D., a past president of the COA and of the State Board of Optometry. It's presented to an entering fourth-year student who has been a resident of California for at least five years and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the student association of the California Optometric Association. The scholarship consists of an invitation to attend the COA Congress, where the recipient will be recognized. The recipient is selected by the Scholarship Committee.
Adam E. and Marguerite E. Diehl Memorial Endowed Scholarship (2000)
This scholarship was established by the Diehl family as a tribute to, Adam and Marguerite Diehl. Mr. Diehl was awarded an honorary degree, the Doctor of Science in Educational Optics, in 1950 from the College. He was the first non-optometrist elected to the College's Board of Trustees, served as a trustee from 1951-72 and, was chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1958. This scholarship is presented to an entering fourth-year student who has demonstrated special interest and clinical skills in the treatment of ocular disease. The recipient is selected by the clinical faculty in Ocular Disease. The scholarship is $1,250.
Dr. Joe W. Dobbs Endowed Scholarships (2003)
This endowment was established by University Trustee and Alumnus, Joe W. Dobbs, O.D., ’63, and his wife, Carol. It provides scholarships to entering fourth-year students with financial need who have shown interest and potential promise in the care of low vision patients. The selection of these recipients is made by the Chief of the Mary Ann Keverline Walls Low Vision Rehabilitation Center.
Dr. Lynn Caffrey Gabriel Scholarships (2010)
$2,500 scholarships are presented to two students whom must be an incoming student with a profile that demonstrates a capacity for volunteer leadership, independent thinking and a spirit of innovation. It is also to help to support students who have chosen optometry as a second career.
Drs. Robert L. Gordon and Andrea C. Silvers Scholarship (1996) San Fernando Valley Optometric Society
This scholarship was established by the San Fernando Valley Optometric Society and California optometrists to honor, Robert L. Gordon, O.D., '71 and Andrea C. Silvers, O.D., '70, for their many contributions to the profession and organized optometry. This $500 scholarship is presented to an entering fourth-year student who has demonstrated high academic achievement and significant participation and interest in the politics of organized optometry. The Scholarship Committee selects the recipient.
Great Western Council of Optometry Scholarship (2002)
The Great Western Council on Optometry (GWCO) annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to an entering third-year student who has demonstrated involvement with a state or local optometric society. The applicant must be a resident of the GWCO region (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming). The recipient will be determined by the Student Affairs Council.
H/P Scholarship (2012)
This annual $400 scholarship will be presented to a first-year student. Selection will be made by the Scholarship Committee. $200 was donated from Heine and $200 from Pioneer.
Dr. Clifford M. Harn Memorial Endowed Scholarship (2007)
This scholarship was established by, Stanton D. Harn, Ph.D., in memory of his father, Clifford M. Harn, O.D., '20. Dr. Harn practiced for many years in the Pomona area and was a past president of the Orange Belt Optometric Association. This $1,200 scholarship is presented to a second-year student with financial need that has maintained a quarterly GPA above 3.00. The selection is made by the Scholarship Committee.
Dr. Frederick R. Harris Scholarship (2007) San Gabriel Valley Optometric Society
This scholarship was established by the San Gabriel Valley Optometric Society in recognition of, Frederick R. Harris, O.D., '67, for his many contributions to the College, the society, his profession and his patients. This $500 scholarship is directed to an entering third-year student who has been an effective leader in class. The Scholarship Committee selects the recipient.
William E. Heaton Jr. Endowed Scholarship (2006)
This endowed "good guy" scholarship is available to an entering second- or third-year student with financial need. Recipients are selected by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is $1,500.
Hispanic Endowed Scholarships (1995)
Hispanic scholarships are presented annually to entering fourth-year students of Hispanic heritage. The recipients will have demonstrated scholarship, clinical proficiency and commitment to the profession. Candidates for these scholarships are selected by members of the Department of Clinical Sciences. Overall, $4,000 is divided between qualified students.
Betty Lou Hoeft Memorial Endowed Scholarship (1988)
Established in memory of, Betty Lou Hoeft, by her husband, Wayne W. Hoeft, O.D., '59, their families and friends, this scholarship is presented to a female entering her second- or third-year of professional study from the Midwest with financial need, who is in good academic standing. The selection of these recipients is made by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is $1,500.
Dr. Richard L. Hopping Ethics Endowed Scholarship (2004)
This endowment, established by Southern California College of Optometry President Emeritus, Richard L. Hopping, O.D. and his spouse, Patricia, provides a $2,000 scholarship to an entering third-year student. The student must submit an essay of 500 words or more on the importance and/or role of ethics in carrying out the various tenets of the Optometric Oath. The recipient will be selected by the Student Affairs Council.
Dr. Donald E. Jarnagin Endowed Scholarship (1999)
This endowed scholarship was established by, Donald E. Jarnagin, O.D., '70, a past president of the American Optometric Association, and former member of the College’s Board of Trustees, in honor of the College and in recognition of the profession. Third-year students who have been involved in student leadership activities may apply for this scholarship by submitting an essay describing the values they have learned from the student leadership positions they have held. The selection for this scholarship is made by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is $1,500.
Woody and Dorotha Jarnagin Memorial Endowed Scholarships (2002)
The Woody and Dorotha Jarnagin Memorial Endowed Scholarships were established by former American Optometric Association President and Alumnus Donald E. Jarnagin, O.D., ’70. These scholarships are available to first-year students from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) States who are not funded by WICHE grants. The selection of the recipients is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. A total of $11,000 is divided between qualified students.
Kristin A. Jones Memorial Endowed Scholarships (1991)
An endowment was established in recognition of, Kristin A. Jones who, as a Southern California College of Optometry student, valiantly displayed a laudatory spirit and a courageous attitude in spite of personal health problems. Two scholarships are given to a second - and a third-year student for an essay on an event or circumstance that personally affected them and caused them to reevaluate their views about courage, personal hardships, and the value of seeking joy in life. Students may be nominated or may apply for these scholarships with the Scholarship Committee. The two scholarships are $1,500 each.
Dr. Cecil B. Kohake Endowed Scholarship (2001)
This scholarship was established by, Cecil B. Kohake, O.D., '77, and is presented to an entering fourth-year student who has demonstrated excellence in clinical science. The Chief of the Jarnagin Primary Care Center selects the recipient. The scholarship is $1,000.
William E. Langston Sports Vision Scholarship (2004)
This $1,000 scholarship is presented to an entering fourth-year student who has demonstrated a commitment to serving the vision needs of athletes participating in the Special Olympics program. The recipient is selected by the Special Olympics faculty.
Los Angeles County Optometric Society Scholarship (1998)
This scholarship is presented annually by the Los Angeles County Optometric Society to an entering fourth-year student who has demonstrated an interest in, and dedication to, assisting the involvement of student organizations in organized optometry. Students may apply for this $500 award by submitting an outline citing their leadership activities to the Scholarship Committee.
Dr. Jennifer C. Mallinger Scholarship (2001)
This $500 scholarship is for an entering third-year student. This scholarship will be awarded to a student with need who has demonstrated an interest and commitment to the activities and leadership of the Student Association. Recipient is selected by the Scholarship Committee.
Dr. Herbert McCracken Dixon Memorial Endowed Scholarships (1983)
A bequest from the estate of the late, Herbert McCracken Dixon, O.D., '23, created an endowment to be used for scholarships. Overall, $64,000 is divided between qualified students. A minimum of 20 Dixon scholarships will be given based on academic excellence. A second component of this scholarship program is the inclusion of a "moral obligation factor." Through this component, it is hoped and expected that students will recognize a moral obligation to the University and to future optometry students and will, in that spirit, make their own future gifts to the University through this scholarship program when he/she is successfully established in practice.

Four scholarships are provided each year to the four students who have the highest academic achievement in undergraduate work in each year's entering first-year class. A scholarship is also provided to the underrepresented minority student with the highest undergraduate academic achievement in each year's entering first-year class.

Scholarships are also awarded to students in the entering second-, third- and fourth-year classes based on cumulative GPAs during the University's previous academic year. Students with the highest GPA will be named Dixon Scholars. Those with the second highest will be Dixon Fellows and the third highest will be Dixon Associates. In addition, scholarships will be awarded to underrepresented minority students with the highest GPAs and to students who have shown the most improvement in cumulative GPA.

Missio Dei Service Scholarship (2007)
Established by, Rev. Dr. Leonidas Johnson, '85, and the Family Unity Foundation, and inaugurated by, Dr. Lesley L. Walls, this endowed scholarship is based on Dr. Johnson's conviction that, "vision is a physical, mental, and spiritual process of discovery and enlightenment." The scholarship is presented to an entering fourth-year student as a grant to make a trip anywhere in the world to demonstrate God's love in practical ways. The recipient is chosen based upon an essay written on Dr. Johnson's conviction. The Scholarship Committee selects the recipient. The scholarship is $1,000.
National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) Service Scholarship (1983)
This $500 scholarship is presented to a first-year student with financial need who has demonstrated outstanding community service to an underrepresented portion of the population. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship Committee.
Dr. Homer A. Nelson Memorial Endowed Scholarships (1980)
An endowment was established by, Ruth A.E. Nelson, in memory of her husband, Homer A. Nelson, O.D., ’25, a distinguished alumnus of the Southern California College of Optometry and Trustee Emeritus, in recognition of his loyal and devoted service to the College and to optometric vision care. Scholarships are available annually to entering third-year students. Preference is given to students who resided in Orange County prior to admission to the College. The recipients must be in good academic standing and have financial need. Selections are made by the Student Affairs Department. A total of $9,000 is divided between qualified students.
Optic Gallery Scholarship (2001)
This is a $500 scholarship for an entering third-year student. The scholarship will be awarded to a student with need who has demonstrated an interest and commitment to the activities and leadership of the Student Association. Recipient is selected by the Scholarship Committee.
Orange County Optometric Society Endowed Scholarship (1985)
This $500, "Recognition Scholarship for Professional Involvement" is presented by the Orange County Optometric Society to an entering third-year student who has demonstrated commitment to, and stimulated interest and involvement in, student and/or professional optometric organizations. The selection is made by the Student Affairs Council.
The Dr. Sheryl Potter Scholarship (2012)
$500 scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated an interest and commitment to private practice and leadership in the Private Practice Club. The recipient is selected by the Scholarship Committee.
Dr. Howard Preston Memorial Endowed Scholarship South Bay Optometric Society (1984)
Dr. Howard Preston Memorial Endowed Scholarship (1984): This endowed scholarship was established through a gift from the South Bay Optometric Society in memory of, Howard Preston, O.D., who was an honored Society member and a 1954 graduate of the College. The scholarship is presented each year to an entering third-year student who has demonstrated in the second-year of study a significant overall improvement in academic performance as compared with his/her first-year of study. This scholarship is $1,200.
Dr. Erwin A. Rader Memorial Endowed Scholarships (1994)
These two endowed scholarships are a memorial tribute to, Erwin A. Rader, O.D., '42. Dr. Rader practiced for many years in California but, was originally a native of the Midwest. Preference for the annual scholarships will be given to third-year students from the Midwest. The selection for this scholarship is made by the Scholarship Committee. The two awards are $1,000 each.
Rio Hondo Optometric Society Scholarship (1999)
The Rio Hondo Optometric Society provides a $400 award to an entering fourth-year student who has demonstrated service and involvement with organized optometry. Candidates for the award must have financial need. The Scholarship Committee selects the recipient.
Dr. Bertram L. Roberts Memorial Endowed Scholarship (1981)
This endowed scholarship was established as a tribute to, Bertram L. Roberts, O.D., honoring his many years of service as a faculty member of the University. This scholarship is presented annually to an entering fourth-year student who has demonstrated excellence in the field of ocular disease and special testing. The recipient is selected by the faculty of the Ocular Disease Service.
Dr. Martin A. Robin Memorial Endowed Scholarship (1997)
This endowed scholarship is a memorial tribute to, Martin A. Robin, O.D., who was in independent practice for many years; had an eloquent sense of humor; painted; collected books and Presidential autographs; and, reflected much that is positive about life and optometry. This scholarship is available to a first-, second-, or third-year student with financial need who has demonstrated a commitment to society through non-optometric community service, such as tutoring, caring for the physically handicapped, children or others in need. Students may submit an outline of their accomplishments to the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is $1,400.
San Joaquin Optometric Society Award Fall (2014)
This $1,000 award is presented by the San Joaquin Optometric Society to a third-year or beginning fourth-year student in financial need. A 500 word essay in response to why the student would like to practice in a rural/urban area of the Central San Joaquin Valley and a CV is required.
Michael R. Sellers, O.D., '78, and Stephanie E. Sellers Scholarships (1999)
These two $1,000 annual scholarships were established by, Michael R. Sellers, O.D., '78, and his wife, Stephanie, and are available to entering second-year students. Applicants must have financial need, and a GPA of at least 3.00. Preference is given to students from Arizona. The recipients should recognize a moral obligation to SCCO at MBKU and to its optometry students in the way of future gifts to the school through the scholarship program.
Dr. Robert L. Severtson Scholarship (2002) San Gabriel Valley Optometric Society
This scholarship was established by the San Gabriel Valley Optometric Society in recognition of, Robert L. Severtson, O.D., '51, for his many contributions to the College, to his profession, to his vision therapy patients, and for his personal involvement in the counseling and guidance of optometric students. This $500 scholarship is directed to entering fourth-year students for clinical proficiency in the area of vision therapy and interest in the vision care of children. The faculty of the Studt Center for Vision Therapy selects the recipient.
Dr. Geraldine J. Sherman Memorial Endowed Scholarship (1978)
This scholarship was endowed as a tribute to, Geraldine J. Sherman, O.D. This scholarship is presented to a female student who has demonstrated leadership potential and independence of thought. The selection is made by the Student Affairs Council. The scholarship is $1,000.
Dr. Takao Shishino Endowed Scholarships (1994)
These endowed scholarships were established by friends and associates of, Takao Shishino, O.D. They honor Dr. Shishino for his service to the optometric profession and leadership on the College’s Board of Trustees. Throughout his career, Dr. Shishino assisted and supported young people and graduates dedicated to the profession of optometry. Entering fourth-year students may apply by submitting an essay on their definition of professionalism and how it influences their practice goals. Selection is made by the Scholarship Committee. The two scholarships are $1,000 each.
Dr. Stephen P. Sokol Scholarship (2004) Rio Hondo Optometric Society Scholarship
This $400 scholarship is presented by the Rio Hondo Optometric Society recognizing the service and dedication to the society by, Stephen P. Sokol, O.D., '67. This scholarship is presented to a married, first-year student from California who is active in the American Optometric Student Association and has financial need. The Scholarship Committee selects the recipient.
Southwest Contact Lens Society Endowed Scholarships (1995)
These scholarships, established by the Southwest Contact Lens Society as a tribute to, Clyde Roberts, O.D., '49, recognize entering fourth-year students who have exhibited potential for excellence in contact lens patient care. These two scholarships are presented to students with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Preference is given to students from the Southwest. Selection is made by the faculty of the Stein Family Cornea and Contact Lens Center. The two scholarships are $1,000 each.
Doctors Howard, David and Jonathan Stein Family Scholarship (2003)
This $2,000 scholarship is presented by, Dr. Howard Stein, ’59, Dr. David Stein, ’84, and Dr. Jonathan Stein, '08, to an entering second-year student, with need, who is interested in pursuing independent practice. Students will submit a brief essay describing, “why private practice is the strength of the profession.” The selection of the recipient is made by the Scholarship Committee.
Harold M. Uhrich, Jr. and Shirley J. Uhrich Memorial Endowed Scholarship (2004)
An endowment was established by family and friends as a memorial to, Harold M. Uhrich, Jr. and his wife, Shirley J. Uhrich. “Bud” Uhrich was the loyal and devoted Director of Campus Operations who served the College and the physical plant in an exemplary manner from 1972 until 2003. A scholarship is presented annually to a student in good academic standing entering the third-year of professional studies and with financial need. The recipient of the scholarship will be chosen by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is $1,000.
Robert K. Vinyard Memorial Endowed Scholarship (1976)
This scholarship is a tribute to a former student who lost his life in a 1976 accident. It is presented annually to a first-year student with financial need who has shown persistence and promise. The selection is made by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is $1,200.
The Vision Council/COLA Terry Yoneda Excellence in Ophthalmic Optics Award (1980)
This scholarship is provided by a grant from the California Optical Laboratories Association (COLA) to a third-year student that has shown excellent proficiency in ophthalmic optics. The recipient is chosen by the Ophthalmic Optics Faculty. The scholarship is $1,500.
Vision for Excellence Endowed Grants (1988)
The university has established an endowment that provides up to two Vision for Excellence grants per class based on financial need. The recipients must demonstrate professional potential and overall excellence in academic achievement. The Director of Financial Aid selects the recipients. The grants are $500 each.
Vision for Excellence Endowed Scholarships (1988)
The university has established an endowment that provides Vision for Excellence scholarships to entering second- or third-year students. The recipients must demonstrate professional potential and overall excellence in academic achievement. The recipients are selected by the Scholarship Committee. The three scholarships are $1,000 each.
VSP/AOF Practice Excellence Scholarships (1988)
Two $4,000 scholarships are presented to entering fourth-year students who have demonstrated excellence in primary eye care services. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA that places them in the top half of the class. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay encompassing their independent practice goals and demonstrating their understanding of optometry's role as a primary health care profession.
The Dr. Lorraine Voorhees Endowed Scholarship Award (2013)
The endowed scholarship fund was established by Lorraine Voorhees, O.D. ’71. This award is presented to a student entering their 4th year who has achieved the highest score on Part I of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) exam. Dr. Voorhees began in 1972 as a faculty member, was Director of the Optometric Technician Program, served as Director of Admissions and Records and as Director of Student Affairs and ultimately as Vice President of Student Affairs. Her advocacy for the needs of students is well known at the University, as are the high standards to which she holds the students.
Dr. Louis and Marcia Zabner Endowed Scholarships (2005)
These scholarships, available for entering first-, second-, and third-year students, were established by, Louis Zabner, O.D., ’40 and his wife, Marcia. Recipients are selected by the Scholarship Committee. The two scholarships are $1,250 each.