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Vision of Hope Foundation

The Vision of Hope Foundation was formed to promote opticianry education, develop future opticianry leaders, and perform international, national and community based vision related mission work.

The Vision of Hope Foundation's mission is to provide vision for the needy; one pair of glasses at a time through education, leadership and mission work.

Russell Fritz, Sr Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Russell Fritz as a tribute to his personal contributions to and the achievement in the field of opticianry. Second year students in an opticianry programs are eligible for tuition scholarships. Donations designated for scholarships will support this program. (Application)

Eric Muth Library and Museum, dedicated in 1993, contains the entire antique eyewear collection Eric Muth, PhD painstakingly compiled for the library. It is the first opticians' library and museum in the United States. Donations designated for the Library will support the relocation of the library from one National Federation of Opticianry School (NFOS) to another. This will offer students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the progressive development of eyewear. Click Here to view pieces in this amazing collection.

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Student Leadership Program is designed to provide travel grants to second year students at NFOS Schools or Apprentices in order for deserving people to attend the Annual Opticians Association of America's Leadership Conference. The program is designed to help create the next generation of leaders for the profession of opticianry.

                     OAA State Member Application (State Member Applying on Behalf of an Individual)

                     Student/Apprentice Application (Individual Applying Directly for LDR Travel Grant)

Mission Program was developed to create a mission database in order to assist opticians who are looking for an opportunity to provide vision care to those less fortunate. The Foundation will partner with spectacle and lens manufacturers in order to provide eyewear to those who are unable to afford vision care services. The Mission Program will also provide grants to opticians who are interested in participating in missions endeavors, but otherwise could not afford to bring their expertise to those who need it most. (Application)


Contact Information...

Vision of Hope Foundation

c/o Opticians Association of America

3740 Canada Road

Lakeland, Tennessee 38002

(901) 388 - 2423

chris_allen14@att.net