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Outside Scholarship Resources

There are other scholarships available from a variety of sources. In general, keep in mind local and national organizations related to your future career, professional publications, the library, clubs in which you or your parents are members and the Internet. These may all be good resources for identifying other scholarship opportunities.

American Indian Graduate Fellowship
The American Indian Graduate Center is a national, non-profit organization that awards fellowships grants to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students attending nationally accredited graduate and professional school on a full-time basis. This is a supplemental aid program and therefore students are required to apply for federal financial aid and campus-based aid, including Stafford loans. For more information on the American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship Program contact them by mail at 4520 Montegomery Blvd., NE, Suite 1-B, Albuquerque, NW 87109-1291 or by phone at (505) 881-4584.

Health Professions Scholarship Program
The Military offers a competitive scholarship for full tuition and required fees plus a monthly stipend through the Air Force, Army and Navy called the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). For more information about this program contact:

Air Force

Robert Neff, SSGT, USAF
Air Force Recruiting Office
4 Executive Drive, Suite 1
Fairview Heights, IL 62208-1331
(618) 624-2156


Gary Davis
500 Northwest Plaza
Suite 802
St. Ann, MO 63074
(314) 739-3177



HMC Ruth Cannon 
Cell: 314-704-7180
Work: 314-331-5093

Indian Health Scholarship
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Act, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) offers a competitive scholarship for full tuition and required fees plus a monthly stipend called the Indian Health Scholarship (IHS). Preference is given to eligible American Indian and Alaskan Native applicants who are certified by the Indian Health Service for such status. For more information please take advantage of their web site at

Optometric Association Scholarships
Some state/provincial optometric associations and/or their auxiliaries offer scholarships and/or loans. Application is generally made directly to the association and/or their auxiliary and selection is generally made on the basis of residency and other criteria.

2012 Harvey Yamamoto Scholarship Award Opens for Entries from Senior Optometry Students
The AOS has announced that it is once again awarding one senior optometric student a monetary award of $1000. The winning student will be announced during the next annual CE meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, February 24-26, 2012. The award honors Dr. Harvey Yamamoto and his lifelong commitment to the profession of optometry.

The award is based on an original essay of not more than 1500 words highlighting what the student feels is the biggest challenge(s) to optometry and how they plan to address it (them).

The recipient will receive transportation, hotel room, a year's paid membership in the American Optometric Society in addition to the $1000. All entries must be submitted by February 1, 2012 and the decision of the judges is final.

The American Optometric Society is an optometrist only professional association, where every member doctor has an electronic ballot and vote on all substantive issues including elections of officers. This is in stark contrast to other optometric organizations wherein a select few make all the decisions. We welcome student membership, and it is free until the year after you graduate from optometry school or residency training. As a student member you will receive regular updates on our activities, learn helpful hints on coding and billing, obtain important information regarding Board Certification useful to young practitioners and much more. Surf our website and see what we are about. Then join the American Optometric Society by following this link:> Register as a Student Member

To send in your entry towards the 2012 scholarship, please email a PDF of your essay submission with all contact information to: