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KHEAA-Administered Programs

Optometry Scholarship Program

The Optometry Scholarship program provides eligible Kentucky students the opportunity to attend a participating school of optometry to become certified practitioners rendering medical service in the Commonwealth.

  • Student must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • Be a Kentucky resident
    • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a participating institution in a program of study that leads to a doctor of optometry degree.
      • A student may submit a scholarship application prior to being accepted for enrollment. However, it is recommended applicants take steps to be accepted at a participating institution prior to the December 1 deadline.
    • Have no past due financial obligations to KHEAA or to any Title IV program.
  • Participating institutions:
    • Kentucky College of Optometry
    • Indiana University College of Optometry
    • Southern College of Optometry
    • University of Alabama Birmingham College of Optometry
  • Award amount:
    • Varies each year based on available funding
  • Application:
    • Scholarship decisions have been finalized for the 2022-2023 year.
    • The 2023-2024 year application and instructions are now available. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2022.