Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship

One of the earliest endowed gifts to Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation was a scholarship fund established through a bequest from the late Seymour Galina, O.D., long-time AOA member. The Foundation manages the endowment by investing the original gift and then using the earnings to fund the Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship Grant in perpetuity.  

Dr. Galina and his family continue to be remembered for his generous love of the profession through this $2,500 scholarship, which will be awarded to one optometry student who has successfully completed the following criteria and whose paper is judged to be the best essay submitted to Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation.


2016 Application Requirements

“The Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship is the most prestigious award I have received in my optometric career. With the generous scholarship funds, I was able to purchase additional clinical equipment which has allowed me to become a more efficient, confident clinician. I am very honored to have been chosen for this award, and I will cherish this achievement throughout my professional career.”

Jacoby Dewald, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry

2009 Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship Recipient

The student must:

  • Be a third-year student member (Class of 2018) in good standing in the American Optometric Student Association and the American Optometric Association;
  • Be a student in good academic standing;
  • Submit a paper, (DUE October 31, 2016) written in English, not to exceed 1,500 words on the following topic: Qualities I have developed through my financial planning/work experience during and/or before optometry school, that I believe will be most useful to me in a professional optometric practice.

CLICK HERE to download the Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship package.

For questions about this scholarship grant or its administration, please contact the Foundation.

2016 Winner

Clay Connolly Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University

Clay Connolly
Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University


Your investment will ensure that The AOA Foundation continues to provide immediate relief to those in need in the wake of natural disasters, vision care to needy Americans, scholarships for optometry students, preservation of optometry’s history and public education about the need for a lifetime of vision care.

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