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Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are awarded based upon academic performance or other criteria specifically outlined. Grants do not require repayment and are based on financial need only.

 

INSTITUTIONAL MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

Merit-based, internal awards are available to UIWRSO students based upon qualifying academic, service and leadership factors. These scholarships currently range from $1000 to help offset books, supplies & equipment to $8000 to help significantly mitigate the cost of attendance. These scholarships include:

 
  • Academic Achievement Scholarship

    One year award available to all classes.  Incoming students are considered based on academic criteria gleamed from the admissions file.  Active students (2nd, 3rd, and 4th Years) are reviewed annually based on the academic achievement within the professional program. 

  • Mission Award
    One year scholarship offered to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Year students.  One student from each class is selected annually by the faculty scholarship and awards committee.  Students are selected who have best exemplified the UIWRSO mission.
  • Service Award

    One year scholarship offered to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Year students.  One student from each class is selected annually by the faculty scholarship and awards committee.  Students are selected who have made the strongest impact on their communities.

  • Leadership Award

    One year scholarship offfered to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Year students.  One student from each class is selected annually by the faculty scholarship and awards committee.  Students are selected who have demonstrated strong leadership skills.

  • Clinical/Pre-Clinical Award
    One year scholarship offered to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Year students.  One student from each class is selected annually by the faculty scholarship and awards committee.  Students are selected based on exemplary demonstration of their clinical skills within the optometry course series and clinical rotations.
 

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS

UIWRSO is proud to offer Endowed Scholarship opportunities to students enrolled in the OD program. Please review each scholarship for background information and the selection process.  

  • Dr. Theresa Kent Excellence in Optics Award

    Background

    Dr. Theresa Kent was a founding faculty member of the Rosenberg School of Optometry best remembered for   her knowledge of optics and her commitment to enhance student learning in a supportive environment.  The purpose of this award is to recognize a single optometry student for their performance in first year optics. 

    Selection Process

    The winner will be faculty nominated.  The biggest emphasis for candidate selection will be overall performance in optics throughout the first year of optometric training.  Special consideration may be given to a student who showed interest in helping fellow students achieve success in the subject.  The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in good institutional standing.  Once a student is nominated by the faculty, the RSO Scholarship and Awards Committee will confirm eligibility and announce the winner before the end of the fall of second year.

  • Dr. Denise Doyle Outstanding Ambassador Award

    Background

    During her 27 years of service at UIW, Dr. Denise Doyle was a professor of religious studies, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, provost and chancellor.  Dr. Doyle’s commitment to service and the mission of Incarnate Word made her instrumental in helping Rosenberg School of Optometry earn accreditation.  The purpose of this award is to honor the legacy of Dr. Doyle by selection a single student from those serving as ambassadors that best represents the mission of RSO. 

    Selection Process

    All students serving as ambassadors are eligible for consideration provided they have a minimum GPA of 3.25.  Candidates must submit a 500-word essay answering the question “What have you learned while being an ambassador and how does it further the mission of RSO?”  The deadline for submission will be March 31st.  The winner will be selected by the RSO Scholarship and Awards Committee.

  • Dr. Randall Collins Clinical Ethics Award

    Background

    Dr. Randall Collins’ invaluable service to the Rosenberg School of Optometry included various clinical roles from preceptor to site director.  His fluent Spanish allowed him to bridge the gap between health care provider and the non-English patient population RSO services.  This scholarship was developed to recognize a third or fourth year student who demonstrates outstanding judgment and ethical decision making in a clinical setting.

    Selection Process

    All third and fourth year students are eligible for consideration provided they meet the minimum GPA of 3.0 and are in good standing with the university.  Candidates must submit a 500-word essay regarding the ethical principles in clinical practice and should describe any ethical theories and values used in clinical decision making.  The deadline for submission will be March 31st. The winner will be selected by the RSO Scholarship and Awards Committee.

  • Dr. Susan Behrens Memorial Scholarship
     

    Background

    Dr. Susan Behrens was a member of the first graduating class from Rosenberg School of Optometry.  Faculty, students and staff remember her as a compassionate and caring member of our RSO family.  Because of her humility and kindness this scholarship was developed in her memory to honor a student with the same core values demonstrating generosity, compassion, and sympathy towards others.

    Selection Process

    All 3rd or 4th year students are eligible for consideration provided they are in good institutional and academic standing with the university.  The candidate will have demonstrated patience, humility, kindness, generosity, sympathy, compassion, and love to his/her peers, staff, faculty and the community.  Demonstration of these traits will be defined by participation in service activities while enrolled as a student at UIWRSO as well as review of the Clinical Character Assessment within Meditrek to gauge the student’s commitment to compassionate patient care.  Candidates for this scholarship will be nominated by the faculty. The winner will be selected by the RSO Scholarship and Awards Committee during the spring semester.

 

OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

UIWRSO receives a large amount of outside scholarship opportunities specifically for optometry students.  Once you are enrolled, the faculty scholarship committee will forward outside scholarship opportunities to all students meeting the criteria specified in the application whether it be year in school, clinic, state of residence, etc.  Examples of some of the many opportunities are listed below:

 
 

In addition, there are several comprehensive, searchable scholarship databases on the web, including FastWeb and Wiredscholar.  FastWeb can be found at http://www.fastweb.com/ and provides access to private local and national scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. 

 


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