Scholarships, Grants, and Awards Available

Certification Grant

Grants are awarded as vouchers to be used towards discounts for the JCAHPO certification examination fee. Amounts range from $50 to $340 and are valid for one year from the date the voucher is issued.

Accepted January 1 to April 25

Continuing Education Grant

Grants are awarded as vouchers to be used towards JCAHPO and/or ATPO Continuing Education Program registration fee. Amounts, range from $50 to Full Registration and are valid for one year from the date the voucher is issued.

Accepted January 1 to July 31

ATPO Phil Weber Continuing Education Grant

ATPO is offering up to three $500 grants for its members to attend the upcoming JCAHPO and ATPO Annual Continuing Education Program. The $500 ATPO Grant is good for the Scientific Session + Grand Rounds Package, or the Scientific Session + Grand Rounds + JCAHPO Full Package, the remaining balance of the $500 will be mailed as a check following completion of the ATPO Program.

Accepted January 1 to July 31

Harold A. Stein, MD, FRCS(C)* Prize for Best Scientific Paper

All allied ophthalmic personnel are invited to submit an original scientific paper on any ophthalmic topic of their choice (i.e., glaucoma, contact lenses, dry eye, animal eyes, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc.)

*Harold A. Stein, MD, FRCS(C), was the president of JCAHPO in 1986 and 1987, and is the author of numerous publications, including the ever popular “Ophthalmic Assistant/A Text for Allied & Associated Ophthalmic Personnel” now in its 9th edition. To perpetuate the prize, Dr. Stein is donating to the JCAHPO Education and Research all royalties from specific books which he has authored.

Accepted January 1 to July 31

Training Program Scholarships

Programs must be approved, accredited or have received a Letter of Review, and are active educational programs for ophthalmic assistants, technicians, medical technologists or orthoptists for the current academic year.

Schools must publicize the availability of educational scholarships to potential candidates.

Evaluation Criteria: Scholarships are determined based on the student’s GPA. Program Directors may include additional information for consideration on the student application form.

Application Process: Program Directors submit one application package for all students seeking a scholarship. The Application Package must include:

  • Completed scholarship application for each student
  • Copy of “JCAHPO Application for Examination” for each student (student retains original to be submitted w/ voucher or payment). Not required for students not taking a certification exam
  • Student transcripts for each student
  • Signed Release of Information


Selection of recipients is accomplished by a Foundation Selection Committee. The Board of Directors of the JCAHPO Education & Research Foundation has absolute discretion concerning the approval of funding, and their decision is final.

The applicant’s age, sex, religion, or race shall not be considered.

Accepted by March 1 or June 1

Virginia S. Boyce Humanitarian Award

Nominations are accepted January 1 to May 1 of each year. If you would like to nominate an individual for the upcoming Boyce Award please submit a brief letter regarding the nominee’s involvement as a steward within the eye care world. Please complete the following application.

All Boyce Humanitarian Award Recipient’s are honored at JCAHPO Annual Continuing Education Program and Foundation Reception.

Accepted January 1 to May 1