The 2021-2022
National Vision
Scholarship Program

National Vision is asking third- and fourth-year optometry students to share their perspective on “The Importance of Affordable Primary Eye Care in a Changing Health Care Environment” for a chance to win a $7,500 scholarship!

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Three Scholarships Will be Awarded:

$7,500

First Place

$2,500

Runner-Up

$2,500

Runner-Up

How to Apply:

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1. Qualify

Submissions are open to 3rd- and 4th-year optometry students in good standing with an optometry school in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada.

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2. Create

Write a 500-word essay or create a short video (maximum length: 5 minutes)

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3. Submit

Fill out the submission form and upload your project by February 15, 2022

The topic to cover for your entry

More than 40 million
Americans say they cannot
afford an eye exam.

How will you be part of the solution?
National Vision is asking third- and fourth-year optometry students to share their perspective on “The Importance of Affordable Primary Eye Care in a Changing Health Care Environment” for a chance to win a $7,500 scholarship! Share your take on how we can ensure Americans continue to have access to this basic and essential healthcare need in a world where the costs of eye exams, eyewear and healthcare services are ever-increasing.

Why is this topic important?
Primary care optometrists are on the front lines of patient care, not only ensuring patients are seeing their best, but also providing a critical evaluation of their eye and overall health. Despite the importance of this health evaluation, too many people are not receiving the care they need, and cost is a primary barrier. Many patients do not have access to health insurance (neither vision nor medical), and as costs increase for care, more essential touch points with health care professionals may get missed.

As a future optometrist, National Vision wants to hear your perspective on the importance of this care and why you are interested in practicing primary care optometry. Please include what steps you can take through your future profession to make a difference in extending affordability of eye care to more patients.

Key Dates:

Deadline to Submit Your Entry:

February 15th, 2022

Winners Announced:

April 1st, 2022

Send us your entry!

Your project has been submitted!
Winners will be announced April 1st, 2022.
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Having trouble with the form or need to get in touch? Email us at carly.schenck@nationalvision.com

Past Winners

Hear from the winners of 2020

Past winner 1
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Juan Manuel Giraldo
National Vision 2020-2021
Grant Program Awardee

UW School of Optometry & Vision Science
Class of 2022
Past winner 2
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Nhi Trinh
National Vision 2020-2021
Grant Program Awardee

Southern College of Optometry
Class of 2022
Past winner 3
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Dana Shannon
National Vision 2020-2021
Grant Program Awardee

UAB School of Optometry
Class of 2021
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Our Story

National Vision is the second largest optical retailer (by sales) in the United States. With every new team member and every new store opening, our Doctor of Optometry network – 2,200+ ODs strong – helps make quality eye care and eyewear more affordable and accessible. Our retail brands include America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, and Vista Opticals inside Fred Meyer stores and on select military bases.

Optometrists practicing in offices inside our locations are comprehensive primary eye care specialists. They often catch systemic issues, in addition to providing prescriptions for clearer vision. While contacts and eyeglasses prescriptions are extremely important, primary care is so much more. Our network of ODs report seeing a high amount of anterior and posterior segment pathology in their practices, and they manage ocular disease to their comfort level.