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FOREA Educational Scholarships

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We are committed to unlocking the potential of our highly capable students by awarding merit-based scholarships. Our merit-based Student Educational Scholarships are open to second year and advance standing students and are designed to recognize and reward those who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. With our financial assistance, we hope to help talented students succeed and reach their full potential. 

2024 Application Portal Will Open April 1, 2024

Information for Students

FOREA Educational Scholarships are available to incoming second year and advanced standing students enrolled in an AOC or COC orthoptic/vision science program and graduating in 2025.
If you are an incoming first year student with a program start date in 2024, you are not eligible for FOREA Educational Scholarships.  You are eligible for the Arlene E. Stearns Memorial Scholarship


Students may apply for funding for expenses including, but not limited to:

  • Matriculation in an Orthoptic Training Program

  • Attendance at regional, national, or international Orthoptic meetings, including but not limited to:

    • AAPOS, WSPOS, IOA or ISA meetings

  • Tuition for online educational opportunities

  • Other acceptable educational opportunities


Reference Letters

  • Two letters of recommendation are required.

  • One letter MUST come from your current Orthoptic Training Program Director. 

  • Please give your program director this Letter for Program Director Referees

    • This letter outlines the information the Committee requires to support your application.​

    • In addition to a letter or recommendation, your program director is required to fill out the following questionnaire. 

  • Your second letter of recommendation should be a professional letter of recommendation and must come from someone outside your orthoptic training program. Please give your second referee this Letter for Referees

Any Questions can be addressed to:

Carole M. Panton, CO, OC(C) at

Chair - FOREA Educational Scholarship Committee


Interested in supporting FOREA's Scholarship Program and Future Orthoptists? 

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