The University offers optometric students a number of grants and scholarships each year that provide incentive for learning and research. These awards are monetary gifts and do not require repayment.

Students are automatically considered for scholarships administered by Salus University. No application is required. All scholarships are based on academic performance and financial need unless otherwise indicated below. 

Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Scholarship

Established by Madlyn and Leonard Abramson, the scholarship affords preference to students residing in states having managed care organizations operated by Aetna/US Healthcare (currently Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas).

Administrative/Professional Staff Scholarship

Established by the College’s Administrative/Professional Staff Council, the scholarship is to be awarded to a worthy student.

Alumni Scholarships

Made possible through the contributions of generous PCO alumni, these scholarships are awarded to second, third and fourth year students.

Joseph F. Bacon Memorial Scholarship

An annual award to a first-year student whose undergraduate education was obtained at the University of Delaware.

Allison L. Barinas Memorial Scholarship

Established by friends, colleagues and classmates in memory of Dr. Barinas, a member of the Class of 2003.

Elsie Wright Billmeier Memorial Scholarship

Established by Alton G. Billmeier, OD ’38 FAAO, in memory of his late wife, Elsie Wright Billmeier, OD ’38. Preference given to students from Maryland.

Board of Trustees and Presidential Scholarships

Awarded to selected first-year students from non-contract states on the basis of high academic record. The scholarships are renewable for four years.

Alma L. Boben Memorial Scholarship

Established by the estate of Alma L. Boben, OD ’28, in loving memory of her father, optometrist H. J. Leuze. This is awarded to worthy female students.

Ciba Vision Scholarship

Established by Ciba Vision Corporation, a major international pharmaceutical corporation with strong ties to the ophthalmic market.

Jeffrey Cohen Memorial Scholarship

Established by friends and colleagues in memory of Jeffrey Cohen, OD ’69, through the Federal Credit Union.

William J. Condon Memorial Scholarship

Established through the estate of Mary H. Condon in memory of her optometrist husband.

George H. Crozier Memorial Scholarship

Established by the friends and family of Dr. George Crozier ’49, former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

John J. Crozier Memorial Scholarship

Established by friends and colleagues in memory of Dr. John Crozier ’48, former Dean of Student Affairs.

William Decter Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of PCO alumnus Dr. William Decter ’43 by Rodenstock USA, Inc., and his friends and family members.

Sol Deglin Memorial Scholarship

Established by Edward A. Deglin, MD, in memory of his father.

Vivian M. Descant Scholarship

Established by Dr. Descant, a 1997 alumnus of PCO, this scholarship is awarded to optometry students on the basis of academic performance and financial need.

Milton J. Eger Memorial Scholarship

Established by the friends and family of Dr. Eger ’40, former member of the PCO Board of Trustees.

Faculty Scholarship

Established by the University’s Faculty Council.

Barry Farkas Scholarship

Established in recognition of Dr. Farkas ’71, member of the University Board of Trustees.

H. L. Goldberger Memorial Scholarship

Established by the friends and professional colleagues of Herbert L. Goldberger, OD, a 1954 alumnus of PCO.

Lawrence G. Gray Memorial Scholarship

Established by the friends and colleagues of Dr. Larry Gray, former PCO professor and 1972 alumnus.

Florence and Martin Hafter Scholarship

Established by Martin Hafter, OD ’49 and his wife, Florence.

A. Michael Iatesta Scholarship

Established by Dr. Iatesta ’52, member of the University Board of Trustees.

Harry Kaplan Scholarship

Established by Dr. Kaplan ’49, a member of the PCO faculty, these scholarships are awarded to optometry students on the basis of academic performance and financial need.

J. Donald Kratz Memorial Scholarship

Established by family and friends in memory of Dr. Kratz ’37, former member of the PCO faculty and Board of Trustees.

Paul G. Matthews Memorial Scholarship

Established by Mr. and Mrs. George Matthews in memory of their son, Paul G. Matthews, OD ’81, the Matthews Scholarship is awarded to a first-year student selected on the basis of undergraduate academic performance, community service, and financial need. This is a four-year scholarship.

Frank J. Montemuro, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Established by Albert Tordella, emeritus trustee of the University’s Board of Trustees, in memory of his life-long friend, Frank J. Montemuro, Sr.

New Jersey Academy of Optometry Harold Simmerman Clinical Excellence Scholarship

Administered by the New Jersey Academy of Optometry, the scholarship is awarded to a deserving fourth year New Jersey resident on the basis of academic and clinical excellence and financial need.

Office Depot Scholarships

Established by the Office Depot company, these scholarships are awarded to optometry students selected on the basis of high academic achievement and financial need.

Pennsylvania College of Optometry Scholarship

Established by a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, who wishes to remain anonymous.

A.A. Phillips-SOSH Scholarship

The scholarship was established and funded by A.A. Phillips, OD, a 1969 graduate of PCO who founded the Student Optometric Service to Humanity (SOSH). The scholarship is awarded to a student from either the former British West Indies or a non-U.S. citizen from the Caribbean.

Phillips Endowed Scholarship

Established by Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Phillips ’38, in memory of Dr. Phillips’ uncle, Harry G. Phillips, OD. Preference is afforded first-year students and Pennsylvania residents.

Onofrey G. Rybachok Memorial Scholarship

Established by family and friends in memory of Dr. Rybachok, former member of the PCO faculty.

Maria T. Rynkiewicz Memorial Scholarship

Established by the PCO Alumni Association in memory of Dr. Rynkiewicz, ’79.

Boris I. and Bessie S. Sinoway Memorial Scholarship

Established by the estate of Bessie S. Sinoway in memory of her husband, Boris I. Sinoway, OD.

Richard W. Stockton Scholarship

Established by Dr. Stockton, a 1953 alumnus of PCO.

Joseph C. Toland Scholarship

Established by Dr. Toland, a member of the PCO faculty

Katherine Tordella-Richards Memorial Scholarship

Established by Albert Tordella, emeritus trustee of the University’s Board of Trustees, in memory of his sister, Katherine Tordella Richards.

Vistakon Scholarship

Established by Vistakon, a division of Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, Inc., in support of diversity recruitment efforts, this scholarship is awarded to optometry students selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated financial need and community involvement.

Clifford C. Wagner Scholarship

Established by the family of Clifford C. Wagner, OD, a 1951 alumnus of PCO.

Doris A.Wagner Scholarship

Established by Clifford C. Wagner, OD ’51, in honor of his wife’s dedication to optometry and service to the visual welfare of the public.

William G. Walton Jr. Scholarship

Established by the President’s Council in recognition of Dr. Walton, ’40, a former PCO faculty member.

Harold and Ginny Wiener Scholarship

Established by the family of 1950 PCO alumnus Dr. Harold and Mrs. Weiner, preference is afforded New Jersey residents.

E. F. Wildermuth Foundation Scholarship

Established by the E.F. Wildermuth Foundation, the largest private contributor to student financial assistance at the University.

Melvin D. Wolfberg Scholarship

Established by former PCO President Melvin D. Wolfberg, OD ’51.