Awards & Grants Opportunities

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ASCO’s volunteers are educators and practitioners who give of their time in partnership with the Association, supporting and furthering our efforts to advance optometric education. A key strategic asset for ASCO, these individuals provide integral guidance and leadership by contributing to the development of Association policies, programs and services we establish or offer our membership. Our volunteers experience and knowledge help to keep ASCO’s work current and relevant, and their efforts on the Association’s behalf allows far broader and deeper support and guidance to the member schools and colleges and staff than would otherwise be possible. ASCO is therefore deeply grateful for our volunteers work in support of specific ASCO initiatives, and in support of the profession over a lifetime of service. With the bestowing of special awards, ASCO is honored to recognize the contributions of those working above and beyond the call in support of optometric education.

ASCO welcomes nominations for specific awards through a centralized process. ASCO’s Nominating and Awards Committee calls for nominations each fall and present recommendations to the Board of Directors each spring. The ASCO President will present awards at the ASCO Annual Leadership Luncheon in June. The Committee also develops new recognition awards as appropriate.

Special Recognition Awards:
ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award
Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence
Student Award in Clinical Ethics 
Rising Star Award
ASCO Ophthalmic Industry Leadership Award
Practice Management Education Award

Educational Starter Grants
Developing a Diverse Applicant Pool Mini Grant Program
ASCO Cultural Competence
Alcon Guest Lecturer Program