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VSP/American Optometric Foundation Practice Excellence Scholarship Program
VSP Global has partnered with the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) to provide scholarships to optometry students at every school and college of optometry in the U.S. The scholarships will be funded through the VSP Global companies Eyes of Hope Global Charitable Fund and administered by the AOF.
Over the last 10 years, VSP has provided more than $1 million dollars in scholarship support to hundreds of optometry students. Joining forces with the AOF, scholarships will continue to be awarded to 40 students for a total of $160,000 annually, now including a travel grant to attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). The travel grant will enable these outstanding students to attend a premier education opportunity in primary eye care, as well as attend a reception co-hosted by VSP Global and AOF to help foster networking opportunities and teach the importance of Academy Fellowship.
Award and Eligibility
VSP, through the American Optometric Foundation (AOF), will make two awards of $4,000 each to two students entering their fourth year (graduating class of 2015) at each of the U.S. schools and colleges of optometry. Each award carries $3,250 in scholarship money and a $750 travel grant to attend the annual meeting of the AAO.
The dates of Academy 2014 Denver are November 12 – 15, 2014.
Deadline is Friday, August 1, 2014.
(The deadline has been moved up so award winners can make arrangements to attend Academy 2014 Denver using their travel grants).
The AOF will not accept applications directly from students for this program. AOF will notify institutional contacts that the submission window is open. Typically 2-3 months prior to the deadline.
A scholarship committee at each institution will select a pool of 5 business minded students who meet the clinical and academic standards then choose two award winners.
Each institution's two nominations will include the award winner's name (as it should appear in print), current and permenent address, email and list, (if honored previously), the named institution memorial award*. This should be emailed to AOF@aaoptom.org and include the words VSP(+Institution Name) in the subject line of the email.
Clinical Performance: Candidates must excel in delivering primary eye care services to clinical patients.
Academic Performance: Candidates must have a grade point average that ranks in the top half of the class.
1. The students commitment to enter the independent practice of Optometry.
2. Participation in the private practice or practice management club on campus with special consideration given to students who have served a leadership role.
3. At the discretion of the selection committee, the process may include a written essay that encompasses the independent practice goals of the candidate.
The VSP/AOF Practice Excellence Scholarship Program will be based on the above performance criteria only. Recipients shall not be restricted from receiving this award as a result of receiving other awards, scholarships or grants-in-aid.
VSP and the AOF follow the independent practice career choices of the scholarship winners to determine the value of this substantial investment. It is therefore stronly encouraged that each school carefully follow the criteria and consider their selections to ensure this program continues in future years.
Recognition of Awardees
Scholarship checks in the amount of $3,250 will be mailed 2 weeks post deadline.
Checks will be made payable to the institution that the award winner is attending.
A travel grant check of $750 and an engraved plaque will be presented to each student at an awards reception to take place at Academy 2014 Denver.
Schools are encouraged to also recognize students at award ceremonies held at your individual school.
*VSP scholarships at some schools are named memorial awards. Those honors will continue to be attached to the scholarships.
Institution must have on file at the AOF office a current W-9 form
Students who have academic conflicts and cannot attend the Academy 2014 Denver may apply their travel grant to Academy 2015 New Orleans.
Note: All submissions receive a confirming email within 1-3 business days of receipt. You will receive an additional message only if your institution's nominations are not received by deadline. If you do not receive a confirmation contact Tracy Kitts, Foundation Coordinator, at: TracyK@aaoptom.org or call our office: 321-710-3936.
All award recipients by acceptance of the award agree to allow the AOF and/or the sponsor of the program to which they applied to publish their name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient. These may appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AOF and/or sponsor annual report, optometric media publications, website, social media, and annual meeting promotional materials.
ABOUT VSP EYES OF HOPE
Eyes of Hope® is a global charity platform supporting activities that directly impact communities to give the gift of sight. United with one mission, multiple programs within the Eyes of Hope platform take on challenges involving access to eyecare around the globe.
For further information contact:
American Optometric Foundation
2909 Fairgreen Street
Orlando, FL 32803, USA
Glaucoma Foundation Grant Research Program
The Glaucoma Foundation offers grants to researchers striving to improve the lives of glaucoma patients through novel innovations and scientific advances. The area of current focus for TGF's Grant Research program is exfoliation syndrome and exfoliation glaucoma. The next deadline for grant applications is March 1, 2015. (This will be TGF's only deadline in 2015). Initial grant funding for a one-year period is for up to $40,000; a grantee is permitted to apply for a grant renewal of up to $50,000. A renewal grant is a one year grant based upon research findings from the initial research.
A. Please read through the application carefully and include all the required information. There are five parts to this application:
1. A Summary and Information Sheet
2. A Supplemental Information section
3. A Budget Form and an Other Funding portion
4. A Project Description
5. A Biographical sketch.
Please make sure each section is complete.
B. Submit one original and five copies of the completed application and related appendices. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for confirmation receipt of the application.
C. Submit a PDF of your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
D. For general application questions and mail applications to:
Director of Outreach Programs
The Glaucoma Foundation
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 700
New York, NY 10038
For technical questions, please contact:
Robert Ritch, MD
Medical Director, Vice President, Secretary and Founder, TGF
Professor and Chief, Glaucoma Service
The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary
310 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
Proposals will be evaluated only in March 2015. Applications submitted for the March deadline will be awarded in June.
Terms and Restrictions
A. Grants are awarded for a one-year period and are renewable.
B. Applicants must clearly demonstrate the Principal Investigator’s understanding of glaucoma or his/her collaboration with an investigator who has experience in glaucoma research. If collaboration is warranted, a letter of support from the researcher must be included in the application.
C. Applicants must have a full time faculty position or equivalent.
D. Initial grant funding for a one-year period is limited to a maximum of $40,000. The Principal Investigator may apply for a renewal for up to $50,000. Renewal grants are for an additional year of research and must be based upon findings from the first year’s work.
E. The Glaucoma Foundation does not provide funds for investigator salaries, travel, overhead, or other indirect costs.
F. Excluding renewal grants, Principal Investigators are required to wait a minimum of two years from the funded cycle before submitting a new research application for consideration.
G. Renewal grant applications are accepted after 18 months have elapsed from the beginning of an original grant award.