InfantSEE Scholarship, sponsored by Vision West, Inc.


vision-west-150Vision West, Inc. (VWI), a leading national (eye-care business group offering Optometric Business Services including group purchasing services to its members), and Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation are pleased to again offer a national scholarship program to promote InfantSEE®.

Vision West, Inc. has generously increased the scholarship award for 2017. The winner will be awarded $7,500 and the runner-up will receive $3,000. This InfantSEE® Scholarship, sponsored by Vision West, Inc., will be awarded to the author of the entry judged to be the best essay and video submitted to Optometry Cares.

Application Requirements

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, written in English, not to exceed 1,000 words, as well as a video, not to exceed 3 minutes.

The paper needs to address EACH of the following topics

  1. What have you done as a student to prepare yourself to become an active participant as an InfantSEE® provider?
  2. How have your clinical experiences directly contributed to your development as a future participant in the InfantSEE® program and how you will translate these experiences into clinical practice as an InfantSEE® provider?
  3. What do you see as the major challenges to providing optometric care to infants and how would you overcome these challenges?
  4. How would you increase the impact of the InfantSEE® program in your local community? You may direct your strategy toward parents, optometrists, and/or other infant providers or referral agencies.

The video needs to address the following:

  1. Demonstrate or provide an example of how would you increase the impact of the InfantSEE® program in your local community. Using your answer to question four as a guide, create a presentation or marketing video that would be used to motivate your targeted group or groups to take action.

Video Requirements:

  • We recommend videos under three minutes. Supported YouTube file formats are: .MOV, .MPEG4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, and WebM.
  • The video may contain an unlimited number of people, but only the participant submitting the video will be eligible for the scholarship. Each applicant choosing to do a video must upload their video to YouTube, and then email the link to Video must be original, and the participant must have the rights to any and all media used. Videos must not infringe on any third-party rights or copyrights. If Optometry Cares receives a notice of copyright infringements from the owner of the material, the video in violation will be removed.

CLICK HERE to download the InfantSEE Scholarship package.

Each school and college will choose one candidate from all applications received by their on-campus deadline and forward the individual’s name, essay & video to Optometry Cares® in St. Louis by October 31, 2016.   The winner will be announced in January 2017.

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

2017 Winners

First Place: Jason Foote
Southern College of Optometry

Second Place: Alyssa Drew
Michigan College of Optometry – Ferris State University

2016 Winners

First Place: Shelby Nicole Baugh Bruner
University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry

Runner Up: Kalie McCartin
Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry



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