College of Optometry
One of the seven colleges that comprise the university's health sciences complex
system, the College of Optometry is a leader in optometric education in the United
States and offers the only optometry program in Ohio. It is the oldest university-based
optometry program in the nation and was the first public university program to grant
the Doctor of Optometry degree. Students learn directly from faculty members who
are recognized internationally for their academic credentials, real-life experience,
and cutting-edge research. Optometry students also gain valuable direct patient
care experience in all aspects of optometric practice through clinical work with
more than 55,000 patients each year, 22,000 of them in our on-campus clinic alone.
As a result, graduates of the program are known for their broad clinical science
knowledge and their extensive experience with patient care, and consistently achieve
scores exceeding the national average in all 10 sections of the basic and clinical
science examinations of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
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The Ohio State Fund for the College of Optometry
Fund Number: 309284
Discretionary Funds to be used as Determined by the Dean of the College of Optometry
Optometry General Scholarship Fund
Fund Number: 305941
Awarded to Optometry Student; selection of the Scholarship Recipient will be made by The Financial Aid Coordinator and The Admissions Committee
The Hazael Edward Welton Endowment Fund
Fund Number: 607665
Established May 4, 1989, by Hazael Welton. Income provides scholarships for African-American and Hispanic students, with preference to Ohio residents.
Faith Mission Optometry Clinic Support
Fund Number: 312569
To support the College of Optometry's Outreach clinic at Faith Mission.
Children's Vision Fund
Fund Number: 305847
To Provide Vision and Eye Care Services to the Underprivileged Population, Especially Children
The Sarah Schoessler Endowed Fund in Optometry
Fund Number: 646402
Established February 6, 2004, by John P. and Jane A. Schoessler, family, friends and colleagues through The Foundation. Income advances the eye care needs of children with disabilities based on need.
Optometry Faculty Recruitment & Retention
Fund Number: 312568
To be used to assist in the recruitment and retention of the most outstanding faculty possible for the College of Optometry, used to host faculty for interviews, or assist moving expenses
College of Optometry Facilities Renovation and Pre-Clinic Fund
Fund Number: 314495
Used for the renovation costs of the optometry pre-clinic and other general facility needs, including the purchase of equipment, furniture and necessary items to provide a proper optometric educational experience.
College of Optometry Minority Recruitment & Retention Fund
Fund Number: 309951
Generate an Educational Program and Pathway for Disadvantaged Students with Interest in a Career in Optometry
College of Optometry Vision Research Fund
Fund Number: 314280
Discretionary funds to be used for vision research at the College of Optometry.
Donald Mutti Faculty Research
Fund Number: 313234
To provide research funds for faculty
Dr. Roanne Flom Discretionary Fund
Fund Number: 313435
To forward the needs of the low vision department at the discretion of Dr. Roanne Flom
Fund Number: 308657
Discretionary Account for Dr. Earley Name and Purpose Change 6/98
Fink-Research in Optometry
Fund Number: 309729
To be used by Dr. Barbara Fink for Contact Lens Research
Glenn A. Fry Fund
Fund Number: 602341
Established July 14, 1961, by friends and colleagues to honor Dr. Fry for 25 years of outstanding service, including 10 years as the School of Optometry director. Income supports optometric education.
H. Ward Ewalt and Jane S. Ewalt Permanent Endowment Fund
Fund Number: 602075
Established April 1, 1977, by Henry W. Ewalt in honor of his parents. Income is used in the field of children's vision, including improving diagnostic techniques, refining and developing vision training and research to improve care.
Harry and Ethel Brakeman Memorial Scholarship Fund
Fund Number: 303679
For Awards for Optometry Students
Heather Chandler Faculty Research
Fund Number: 313235
to provide research funds for faculty
IDOC Diversity Enhancement Program
Fund Number: 313442
To fund annual I-DOC(Increasing Diversity in Optometric Careers) program at the College of Optometry
Kulp-Children's Vision and Binocular Vision
Fund Number: 305848
To do Research in Children's Vision and Binocular Vision