Scholarships, Grants, and Awards Available



Jennie B. Busch, Education and Certification Scholarships

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Susan Busch, BA, COMT, has worked hard to support eye care technicians and has been a member of the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO) since 1992. In honor of her mother, Jennie Busch, Susan has established a scholarship fund as a tribute to Jennie’s dedication to Susan’s career as an AOP. In recent years, Susan served on the ATPO Board of Directors, its Marketing and Education Committee, and as the ATPO National Chair of the Regional Mentor Program. Since 1992, Susan has served as a lecturer and workshop instructor at IJCAHPO’s Annual Continuing Education meeting and led the COMT practical exam review sessions for technicians. In 2013, Susan represented IJCAHPO on a trip to Cameroon with Orbis International, where she was part of a team that provided training to the local eye care team.

Harold A. Stein, MD, FRCSC* 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, FRCSC *Harold A. Stein, MD, FRCSC, 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

American Glaucoma Society Certification Grant

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The American Glaucoma Society is generously funding grants for Ophthalmic Medical Technicians seeking certification. Anyone may apply, but the American Glaucoma Society Certification Grant selection committee will give preference to Ophthalmic Technicians that work in a Glaucoma clinic. Applicants must complete an application form and submit a brief essay or short video. 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 30

Barbara Cassin Scholarship

Barbara Cassin

The Barbara Cassin Scholarship will be awarded to a student in a COMT training program and the prize is up to $1,000.00. The award will be a voucher for $340.00 for the COMT certification exam and a check for up to $660.00 for tuition or expenses.


Applicants must submit a case study or case review. A case study or review should be a documented study of a specific medical case or condition that is a real-life situation. The case should include an analysis, review of the literature, and present interpretations or conclusion, supported by the line of reasoning.


Barbara Cassin was the Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida. She was a major contributor to ophthalmic education through many endeavors, including her books, “Fundamentals for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel” and “The Dictionary of Eye Terminology”. This scholarship is to honor her legacy and the impact she had on her students.

Accepted January 1 to April 30

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

Virginia S. Boyce

Nominations are accepted January 1 to April 30 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 Recipients are honored at JCAHPO Annual Continuing Education Program and Foundation Reception.

Accepted January 1 to April 30

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.


Accepted January 1 to July 31

PHW- Phil H. Weber Memorial Scholarship


Phil was born in Memphis, TN, and grew up in various parts of the country. He graduated from high school in Abington, PA, in 1966, then served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. In 1976, he graduated from Rutgers University, and in 1980 from Georgetown University Ophthalmic Medical Technologist Program with honors.


Phil was President of ATPO and the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society, and was presented with the ATPO Fellow Award in 1993 for outstanding contributions to the organization. His short life was filled with achievements in many arenas: academia, community service, military, and professional organizations. After his graduation from the Georgetown Program, he was an instructor in ophthalmic photography at the university medical school. After moving to Greeley, CO, in 1982, he chaired the Ophthalmic Technologist Advisory Committee. His JCAHPO activities included ATPO representative from 1988 until his death in 1995, and serving as Secretary of Certification.


Accepted January 1 to July 31

Tyree Carr, M.D., Certification Grants


For more than 20 years, Dr. Carr provided rich and robust leadership within IJCAHPO. He served in leadership positions as Treasurer (2004, 2005, 2006); President Elect (2009 – 2010), President (2011 – 2012) and Past President (2013 – 2014). He also served on the Education and Finance & Audit Committees, and as Treasurer of the JCAHPO Education and Research Foundation. In 2017, Dr. Carr was honored with IJCAHPO’s highest award, the Council Statesmanship award, for his leadership and support of allied ophthalmic personnel.


During his IJCAHPO Presidency, he was instrumental in the growth of IJCAHPO’s certification program and expansion of its distance education initiatives. His strong support of certification and his championing ophthalmic technicians to meet high quality standards resulted in a 37% certification growth to over 19,000 IJCAHPO certified ophthalmic personnel worldwide. He was deeply committed to lifelong learning and certification for his eye care team and ophthalmic technicians worldwide.


In 2017, Dr. Carr made a significant financial gift to the JCAHPO Education and Research Foundation to support certification grants to allied ophthalmic personnel by IJCAHPO. The first grant awards will be made in 2019.


His altruistic character was exceptional and unparalleled. His passion, consistent commitment, leadership, generosity and charitable efforts are attributes that are a rare combination. He demonstrated his unique and noble pledge to humankind through his service in healing those who cannot see, his vision to provide the tools to local physicians to carry on good work when he was no longer on site, and the sharing of his knowledge and skills by teaching the local medical professionals in developing countries. His personal outreach resulted in sustainability of local medical personnel with the knowledge and skills that he would leave behind. Dr. Carr’s legacy in ophthalmology touched thousands of lives around the globe.


Watch for the application in 2019