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SCCO Scholarship Opportunities

Through the generosity of our alumni and benefactors, SCCO students annually receive more than $400,000 in non-renewable scholarships and awards. 

Students may qualify for scholarships in various ways:

  • For incoming students, no action is required and no application is necessary. Recipients are selected by the admissions committee and are notified of awards throughout the admissions cycle.
  • For all students, including the newly admitted first year class, some scholarships are awarded by the clinical faculty and do not require an application, while others require an essay or application to be submitted for consideration and are selected by the Scholarship Committee. Applications for these scholarships are made available to all students by the Dean’s Office during the fall term.

Students are eligible to receive multiple awards from various categories. 

Highly Competitive Applicants

$85,000 was awarded at the 2019 Annual Fall Scholarship Program to incoming students whose academic qualifications excel. 

  • Drs. Fred and Betty Chelf Memorial Scholarships - $31,300; historically scholarships have been from $5,000 to $25,000 each
  • Lenard W. and Nelda O. Sledge Scholarships - $16,900; historically scholarships have been from $2,000 to $10,000 each
  • The Presidential Scholarships - $20,000; historically scholarships have been from $5,000 to $10,000 each
  • Various other Scholarships - $16,800; historically scholarships have been from $5,000 to $10,000 each

Academic Excellence

$106,700 was awarded at the 2019 Annual Fall Scholarship Program for academic excellence to students from all 4 years.

  • Alumni Association of Marshall B. Ketchum University Scholarships in Honor of Leslie W. Scown, OD - 10 scholarships of $1,000 each
  • Joseph L. Bruneni Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,700
  • Dr. Herbert McCracken Dixon Scholarships - 28 scholarships of $2,700 each
  • Dr. Howard Preston Memorial Scholarship (South Bay Optometric Society) - 1 scholarship of $1,600
  • Vision for Excellence Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $2,000 each
  • Vision for Excellence Grants - 3 scholarships of $1,900 each
  • Dr. Lorraine Voorhees Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,600
  • VSP and AAOF Practice Excellence Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $3,250 each

Clinical Excellence

$38,400 was awarded at the 2019 Annual Fall Scholarship Program for clinical excellence to third and fourth year students.

  • Dr. Charles A. Abel Memorial Scholarship - 3 scholarships of $2,300 each
  • Alvin Applebaum Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $2,300
  • Dr. Frank A. Brazelton Memorial Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $2,000 each
  • J. Pat Cummings Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,000
  • Adam E. and Marguerite E. Diehl Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,500
  • Dr. Joe W. Dobbs Scholarships - 3 scholarships of $1,700 each
  • Dr. John R. Griffin Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $2,900
  • Dr. Richard L. Hopping Ethics Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $2,800 each
  • Dr. Cecil B. Kohake, ′77, Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,700
  • Dr. Bertram L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,700
  • Dr. Takao Shishino Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $1,500 each
  • Southwest Contact Lens Society Endowed Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $2,700

Leadership

$21,400 was awarded at the 2019 Annual Fall Scholarship Program for leadership on and off campus.

  • Drs. Kevin and Carol Alexander Leadership Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,800
  • California Optometric Council Achievement Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $2,700
  • George I. Deane Jr., OD Memorial Student Leadership Award - travel grant to COA House of Delegates
  • Great Western Council of Optometry Scholarship (GWCO) - 1 scholarship of $1,000
  • Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $3,000
  • Dr. Donald E. Jarnagin Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $2,100
  • Kristin A. Jones Memorial Scholarships - 3 scholarships of $1,900 each
  • The Drs. Mallinger Family Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $2,500
  • Optic Gallery Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $500
  • Sheryl Potter Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $500
  • Dr. Geraldine J. Sherman Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,600

Community Service

$6,700 was awarded at the 2019 Annual Fall Scholarship Program for community service to second, third and fourth year students.

  • Dr. William Brisbane Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,300
  • Dr. Jeffery Garcia Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,500
  • William E. Langston Sports Vision Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $1,000 each
  • “Missio Dei” Service Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,900

Financial Need

$94,600 was awarded at the 2019 Annual Fall Scholarship Program for financial need.

  • Dr. Louis Ash Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,700
  • Juliet E. Hardtner/ Blake Family Scholarships - 4 scholarship of $2,000 each
  • Marjorie H. Bright Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,700
  • Dr. Vincent and Nina Conlan Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $3,200
  • Dr. Leon Darrow Memorial Scholarships - 4 scholarships of $2,100 each
  • Dr. Clifford M. Harn, '20 Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,700
  • William E. Heaton Jr. Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $2,400
  • Betty Lou Hoeft Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $2,000
  • Woody and Dorotha Jarnagin Memorial Scholarships - 11 scholarships of $2,000 each
  • Dr. Warren Harvard Low, '52, Endowed Scholarships - 3 scholarships of $1,900 each
  • Dr. Homer A. Nelson Memorial Scholarships - 5 scholarships of $2,200 each
  • Dr. Erwin A. Rader Memorial Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $2,200 each
  • Rio Hondo Optometric Society Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $400
  • Stephen Sokol Rio Hondo Optometric Society Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $400
  • Dr. Martin A. Robin Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,700
  • Vincent Salierno Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $2,000 renewable for 3 years
  • Michael R. Sellers, O.D., '78, and Stephanie E. Sellers Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $1,000 each
  • Harold M. Uhrich, Jr. and Shirley J. Uhrich Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,000
  • Robert K. Vinyard Memorial Scholarship - 1 scholarship of $1,500
  • VSP Global Arizona Scholarships - 4 scholarships of $2,800 each
  • Dr. Louis and Marcia Zabner Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $2,100 each

Diversity

$25,700 was awarded at the 2019 Annual Fall Scholarship Program to cultivate diversity.

  • Black Student Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $1,600 each
  • Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon, Jr. Memorial Scholarships - 5 scholarships of $3,300 each
  • Hispanic Student Scholarships - 2 scholarships of $3,000 each

Senior Awards

$32,500 was awarded at the 2019 Spring Awards Program to members of the graduating class.

  • Alcon Excellence Award - 1 award of $1,000
  • Asian American Optometric Society Award in Honor of Dr. Art Sugino - 1 award of $1,400
  • Asian American Optometric Society Award in Honor of Dr. Rodger Kame - 1 award of $1,400
  • Asian American Optometric Society Award in Honor of Dr. William Yamamoto - 1 award of $1,400
  • Richard W. Baker, OD, '64 Contact Lens Award - 1 award of $1,300
  • Dr. Morris Berman Clinical Excellence Award - 1 award of $1,500
  • Council of Regents Achievement Award - 1 award of $1,700
  • Dr. Al Dennis Award - 1 award of $1,700
  • Dr. Lawrence E. Gallarini Memorial Award - 1 award of $1,700
  • Dr. John R. Griffin Memorial Award - 1 award of $500
  • Dr. Homer & Marie Hendrickson Memorial Awards - 2 awards of $1,100 each
  • Johnson & Johnson Vision Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care - 1 award of $500
  • Dr. Rodger Kame Memorial Award - 1 award of $2,100
  • Kiwanis Low Vision Rehabilitation Award - 1 award of $800
  • Dr. K. Michael Larkin Memorial Award - 1 award of $2,500
  • Dr. Harue J. Marsden Memorial Award - 1 award of $1,000
  • Nick Meneakis Memorial Award - 1 award of $1,700
  • Orange Country Optometric Scholarship Award in Honor of Dr. Richard Hopping - 1 award of $1,200
  • Hedda Jaanus Podrang Memorial Award - 1 award of $2,700
  • Visionary Award - 1 award of $1,000
  • Dr. Les Walls Valedictorian Awards - 2 awards of $1,000 each
  • Dr. Ryan P. Zamanigan Memorial Travel Support Award - 1 award of $1,200

Outside Foundations, Organized Optometry and Industry Supported Awards

In addition to the above awards, SCCO receives annual donations for one-time scholarships and awards. Various outside optometric organizations offer over $10,000 in support of student's multiple scholarship awards.

Note: The scholarship award amounts noted are for 2019 and may fluctuate from year to year based on market performance of the endowment.