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Walman Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Walman has established a scholarship program to encourage and assist students at schools and colleges of Optometry. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at participating schools selected by Walman.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, or national origin.

The Walman Scholarship Program encourages students that self-identify as Black or African American to apply. Up to ten awards will be granted to applicants that self-identify as Black or African American that meet eligibility requirements

Applicants to the Walman Scholarship Program must:

Be students currently enrolled in the second or third year of a full-time four-year post-graduate program leading to a Doctor of Optometry degree and attending one of the following schools and colleges of Optometry:

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry (Birmingham, AL)
  • Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry (Glendale, AZ)
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry (Berkeley, CA)
  • Southern California College of Optometry (Fullerton, CA)
  • Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry (Pomona, CA)
  • Nova Southeastern University, Health Professions Division, College of Optometry (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
  • Illinois College of Optometry (Chicago, IL)
  • Indiana University, School of Optometry (Bloomington, IN)
  • University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Optometry (Pikeville, KY)
  • New England College of Optometry (Boston, MA )
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, School of Optometry (Worchester, MA)
  • Midwestern University, Chicago College of Optometry (Downers Grove, IL)
  • Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Ml)
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis, College of Optometry (St. Louis, MO)
  • State University of New York, State College of Optometry (New York, NY)
  • The Ohio State University, College of Optometry (Columbus, OH)
  • Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry (Tahlequah, OK)
  • Pacific University, College of Optometry (Forest Grove, OR)
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University (Elkins Park, PA)
  • Southern College of Optometry (Memphis, TN)
  • University of Houston, College of Optometry (Houston, TX)
  • University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry (San Antonio, TX)


Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Statement of goals and aspirations
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances

Financial need will be considered. A link with instructions for completing the Financial Data section of the application are included in the application. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Walman play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.  All applicants agree to accept the decision as final. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to 20 awards will be granted. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards may be used for education-related expenses and are only for post-graduate study leading to a Doctor of Optometry degree at one of the designated schools.


All applicants will be notified in June.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Walman. Payment is made in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Walman has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!