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2017 Kansas Optometric Foundation Scholarships

The Kansas Optometric Foundation (KOF) is offering three $1,500 scholarships to Kansas optometry students. These scholarships are funded through donations to the KOF by optometrists.

The KOF scholarships will be awarded in September 2017.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. The applicant must have completed the pre-optometry professional school educational requirements.
  2. The applicant must be accepted by an accredited school of optometry for the Fall 2017 term or already be enrolled in an accredited school of optometry.
  3. The applicant must be a resident of the state of Kansas .
  4. The applicant must agree to practice optometry in the state of Kansas one year for each year he/she receives a scholarship.
  5. Eligibility is limited to students who are not related to a Kansas Optometric Association member. This includes spouses, sons, daughters, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law.

Application Process:

The same basic application form is used for all of these scholarships.

  1. Complete the “Application Form.”
  2. Write short (300 words or less) "Explanation of Interest in Optometry" and attach this sheet to your application.
  3. Write short (100 words or less) "Need for Scholarship" and attach this sheet to your application.
  4. Request that applicable transcripts from the following institutions be sent directly to the Kansas Optometric Foundation address.
    a. High school
    b. College (all)
    c. Optometry school (all work completed to date)
  5. Request that the three interview forms enclosed be completed and sent directly to the Kansas Optometric Foundation by the following individuals:
    a. Educator (preferably a school administrator or guidance counselor)
    b. Optometrist of applicant's choice
    c. Individual of applicant's choice (not a relative)
  6. Sign the form indicating your intent to practice optometry in Kansas following graduation from optometry school.

Past Scholarship Recipients:
Past scholarship recipients must reapply each consecutive year in order to be considered for continued funding.

Please Note:
If you applied in 2016 for a KOF scholarship and forwarded us all the documents required at that time, it will not be necessary for you to resubmit the following:

  1. “Explanation of Interest in Optometry” (300 words)
  2. High school transcripts
  3. College transcripts for work 2016 and prior
  4. Interview forms from:
    Individual of applicant's choice (not a relative)

We will simply transfer these documents from your 2016 application to your 2017 application. All you will need to submit is:

  1. The application form
  2. A short (100 words or less) explanation of your “Need for Scholarship
  3. Transcript from first semester of 2017.

If you wish to apply for these scholarships, please carefully follow the instructions on the “Instruction Sheet” and forward all required documentation no later than August 25, 2017 to:

Kansas Optometric Foundation
1266 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka , KS 66612

If you have questions, please call 785-232-0225.

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