Awards

Indiana University Doctor of Optometry (OD) students are eligible for a number of awards and honors, including cash, plaques, equipment, expense-paid trips, and other visible rewards of excellence. Some awards require a specific application, while other awards are made without students knowing they were being considered. Some are decided solely by the Awards & Honors Committee, some by a consensus of clinical faculty, some by a vote of instructors, staff, and peers, while others are nationwide competitions. The Office of Student Administration works closely with the Awards & Honors Committee to inform students (typically by e-mail) of opportunities, deadlines, etc. Please direct any questions to the Office of Student Administration in OP 210, by phone at 812-855-1917 or at iubopt@indiana.edu.

It is important to note that some awards, especially those offered by ophthalmic companies, might vary from year to year. Students must submit an appropriate paper for consideration, have achieved overall academic excellence, have exhibited a particular clinical proficiency or have financial need. Specific application requirements and details for each award will be made available to the students via e-mail or student mailboxes when announced.

All Doctor of Optometry students must complete the V889 Special Project course which often results in a final research paper, depending on the project. These papers, as well as papers written for other classes or purposes, may be eligible for a number of awards.

IN ADDITION, many state affiliates of the American Foundation for Vision Awareness and the American Optometric Association offer scholarships to students who are residents of that state. These are mentioned via e-mail messages or posted flyers. Remember to research funding resources on the Internet.

Fourth Year

Andrya Lowther: Awarded to a student in good academic standing and with a record of humanitarianism or service to community. The recipient is a current 3rd or 4th year and is selected by the Awards and Honors Committee. ($500)

Brett Swanda: entering 4th student with an accumulative gpa 3.2, demonstrates financial need, and the attitude and work ethic of Brett Swanda. ($600)

COVD Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy by The College of Optometrists in Vision Development: recognizes the COVD student member who is graduating and has demonstrated a strong interest and clinical skills in the area of vision therapy. (plaque)

Jack Bennett Humanitarian Award by the Indiana Optometric Association: This award recognizes distinguished contributions in service to humanity and the profession of optometry. The recipient is a current 3rd or 4th year who demonstrates the qualities of leadership, the dedication to community and professional service, and the humanitarian citizenship characterized by the late Dean Jack W. Bennett. Nominations are solicited from the 3rd and 4th year classes as well as the faculty. The recipient is determined by the Awards & Honors Committee. (plaque and recognition at the IOA Annual Convention in April)

James L. Short, O.D. and Patricia L. Short Award: Awarded upon graduation to a student in good standing who is entering private optometric practice, either as an individual or with a group of practitioners.

John P. Davey Memorial Award by the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry: Outstanding paper on a clinical topic. Winner is selected by the Awards & Honors Committee. Deadline is approximately February 1. ($500)

Roy E. Denny Award by the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry: Outstanding paper on a clinical topic. Winner is selected by the Awards & Honors Committee. Deadline is approximately February 1. ($500)

J. Thomas Eade, O.D. Fund: Preference of the donor is to support students involved in humanitarian optometric endeavors as it relates to their clinical experience.

Essilor Optical Corneal Reflection Pupilometer Award: Outstanding student based on nominations from faculty and dispensary staff. (pupilometer and plaque)

William Feinbloom Low Vision Award by Designs for Vision, Inc: Excellence in low vision course work and low vision clinic care. Submit low vision case report typically around February 1. (plaque and low vision trial set valued at $2,500)

Heart of America Contact Lens Society: Applicant must have completed at least one Contact Lens class and submit a publishable paper on the topic of any aspect of contact lenses or optometry. He/she must also be a resident of one of the following states: Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, or Arkansas. Applicant must also submit a short essay on the topic of "Why I chose optometry as a profession" and three letters of recommendation. Deadline is around November 15. ($2,000 per national winner; five winners total)

Dr. Henry Hofstetter Scholarship Award: Leadership and service to their class. Nominations are solicited from 4th year students by the Awards & Honors Committee around February. ($400 and plaque)

Dr. James O. Hormuth Scholarship: The Dr. James O. Hormuth Scholarship is awarded to a student with interest in ocular disease who has established a record of excellence as demonstrated by a combination of academic success as defined by a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher and engagement in the field of optometry.

David J. Kerko Low Vision Award by Winchester Optical Company: Student must have a grade of C or better in low vision and have had a rotation through a low vision clinic. Nominations by low vision faculty. (Corning Medical Optics Dem Kit of CPF filters)

David H. Kolack, O.D. Award by the family of David H. Kolack, O.D. ('69): Awarded to the graduating OD student with the highest grade point average at the end of seven semesters. ($1,250)

Marchon Eyewear Practice Management Award by Marchon: Outstanding clinical and dispensing skills. Nominations by clinical faculty and dispensary staff. Typically awarded around March 15. ($500 and plaque)

Silver Medal Award by Beta Sigma Kappa, the international optometric honor society: Awarded to the highest grade point average in the graduating class who is a current Beta Sigma Kappa member. (Engraved medallion)

Varilux Student Grant Award Program by Essilor of American and Varilux: Third- & fourth-year students submit case reports on patients with Varilux lenses. Maximum length is 2,000 words. Turn in papers to Office of Student Administration. Deadline is around March 1. ($1000 to IU winner and entry into national competition)

Vistakon Award of Excellence by Vistakon and the American Optometric Foundation: Excellence in clinical contact lens patient care and a commitment to serve the individual needs of patients. ($1000 and plaque)

Wal-Mart Foundation Scholarship: One recipient for each of the following classes: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year. Must be a current or previous employee of Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club or an affiliated optometrist; have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and demonstrated financial need through a personal statement. Typically awarded October 1 ($1,000 to each of three recipients)

Third Year

Alice J. Bennett Fellowship: Given to an Indiana student whose class rank is the highest for the third year class at the end of the fall semester; who has not received a class rank award. ($500)

Andrya Lowther: Awarded to a student in good academic standing and with a record of humanitarianism or service to community. The recipient is a current 3rd or 4th year and is selected by the Awards and Honors Committee. ($500)

Barbara (Bobbie) Abrams Scholarship in Optometry: Given to the third year student that is ranked 4th in their class at the end of fall semester, third year. ($1200)

Charles R. Shick Scholarship: Awarded to a third year student who received the highest grade in V666 confirmed by the faculty of record. ($600)

E.F. Wildermuth Foundation Harriet Slaughter Scholarship: Given to the third year student that is ranked 1st in their class at the end of fall semester, third year. ($3000)

Jack W. Bennett Endowed Scholarship: Given to a 3rd year student who is in good standing and demonstrates financial need. The recipient is determined by the Awards & Honors Committee. Deadline approximately April 1 ($2500)

Jack Bennett Humanitarian Award by the Indiana Optometric Association: This award recognizes distinguished contributions in service to humanity and the profession of optometry. The recipient is a current 3rd or 4th year who demonstrates the qualities of leadership, the dedication to community and professional service, and the humanitarian citizenship characterized by the late Dean Jack W. Bennett. Nominations are solicited from the 3rd and 4th year classes and faculty. The recipient is determined by the Awards & Honors Committee. (plaque and recognition at the IOA Annual Convention in April)

Dr. Seymour Galina Grant by the American Optometric Association: Third-year students are eligible to apply. Must submit a paper not exceeding 1500 words on the following topic: "The qualities I have developed through my financial planning/work experience during and/or before optometry school which I believe will be most useful to me establishing an ethical/professional optometric practice." Applicant must exhibit financial need and submit through the Student Administration Office; must also be an AOSA member in good standing. Deadline approximately January.

Heart of America Contact Lens Society: Applicant must have completed at least one Contact Lens class and submit a publishable paper on the topic of any aspect of contact lenses or optometry. He/she must also be a resident of one of the following states: Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, or Arkansas. Applicant must also submit a short essay on the topic of "Why I chose optometry as a profession" and three letters of recommendation. Deadline is around November 15. ($2,000 per national winner; five winners total)

John Hitchcock Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a 3rd year student who received the highest grade in V654 confirmed by the faculty of record. ($300)

Robert W. Bumbleberg: Given to the third year student that is ranked 5th in their class at the end of fall semester, third year. ($1000)

Rogers W. Reading Endowed Award: Awarded to a 3rd year student who received the highest grade in V666 confirmed by the faculty of record. ($400)

Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Scott Scholarship: Given to the third year student that is ranked 2nd in their class at the end of fall semester, third year. ($1800)

Joseph Elmer Sidwell and Trula Sidwell Hardy Scholarship: Given to the third year student that is ranked 3rd in their class at the end of fall semester, third year. ($1500)

Varilux Student Grant Award Program by Essilor of American and Varilux: Third- & fourth-year students submit case reports on patients with Varilux lenses. Maximum length is 2,000 words. Turn in papers to Office of Student Administration. Deadline is around March 1. ($1000 to IU winner and entry into national competition)

Vision Service Plan Scholarship: Five students demonstrating excellence in primary eye care services and also in the top half of the class are nominated by clinical faculty to compete. Nominees are interviewed by the Awards & Honors Committee and the Committee selects two. ($4,000 and a plaque to each of the two recipients)

Wal-Mart Foundation Scholarship: One recipient for each of the following classes: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year. Must be a current or previous employee of Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club or an affiliated optometrist; have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and demonstrated financial need through a personal statement. Deadline is approximately February 1. ($1,000 to each of three recipients)

Second Year

Wal-Mart Foundation Scholarship: One recipient for each of the following classes: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year. Must be a current or previous employee of Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club or an affiliated optometrist; have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and demonstrated financial need through a personal statement. Deadline is approximately February 1. ($1,000 to each of three recipients)

First Year

American Foundation for Vision Awareness – Indiana Affiliate: Awarded to a first-year optometry student who is an Indiana resident with intentions of practicing in Indiana, willingness to continue to serve the community’s vision and vision awareness needs, and good academic progress. The recipient is selected by the Awards and Honors Committee. Recognition at the IOA Annual Convention in April. Deadline is approximately November 1 ($750)

Class of 1959 Scholarship: Given to the top entering student based on academic rank, and OAT. Renewable each year (maximum of 4 years) provided that the student maintains a 3.20 cumulative grade point average. ($300)

Paul Pietsch Scholarship: Awarded to the top student in Neuroanatomy. This is the student with the highest course grade in Ocular Biology. Faculty of record provides student name. ($500)

Other

Antoinette M. Molinari Memorial Scholarship by the American Optometric Foundation: Awarded to an exceptional student with extraordinary financial need. Students from each school/college of optometry are eligible to apply every five years. Any OD student within the regionally accepted schools for that year may apply. The recipient is selected by the AOF. Deadline is March 1 - www.aaopt.org/aof/scholarship ($5,000)