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Michigan Foundation for Vision Awareness

The mission of the Michigan Foundation for Vision Awareness (MFVA) is to provide educational outreach to people of all ages regarding their vision and eye health; to award academic scholarships to optometric students; to help fund grants to organizations that support vision related scientific research and to award grants to organizations helping the underserved that promote eye health and well being.

You know vision is a gift.

That’s why you can appreciate the joy of nearly 700 young Special Olympics athletes receiving prescription glasses. Or knowing that 150 children of Northern Michigan migrant workers received free vision screenings and follow-up care.

The Michigan Foundation for Vision Awareness is pleased to partially fund these projects. But we need your financial support to expand our efforts.  To learn more and support our efforts in Michigan, consider a donation. 

In the spirit of staying connected, the MFVA has a Facebook page! Feel free to view our posts, glance through pictures, and post how you are educating Michigan about the importance of eye health and vision. Like our page to show your support for Your Foundation!

Support us by contributing to MFVA, by applying for grants to support your vision related project, or by joining the MFVA Board. If you have a vision-related project you need assistance with, please complete our online application for a project or research grant.

 
 
  MFVA Grant recipient Dr. Avesh Raghunandan with MFVA Vice President, Dr. Cynthia Geneva and MFVA Past President, Michael Becker.

MFVA Grant recipient Dr. Avesh Raghunandan with MFVA Vice President, Dr. Cynthia Geneva and MFVA Past President, Michael Becker.

  Recipients of first-year optometry scholarship with MCO Dean, Dr. David Damari and MFVA Past President, Michael Becker.

Recipients of first-year optometry scholarship with MCO Dean, Dr. David Damari and MFVA Past President, Michael Becker.


Project Grant Application

Grants will be reviewed by the MFVA Board shortly after the deadline dates of September 1 and March 1 of each year. It is imperative that your request be submitted prior to or by no later than the above dates to be considered by the Board in a timely manner. Submission of the application does in no way mean the funds will be granted. No plans or commitments should be made by the applicant until the request has been evaluated and approved by MFVA. Learn more

Research Grant Application

Grants will be reviewed by the MFVA Board shortly after the deadline dates of September 1 and March 1 of each year. It is imperative that your request be submitted prior to or by no later than the above dates to be considered by the Board in a timely manner. Applicant should complete the form with appropriate attachments, including letters of support and/or recommendation from faculty of sponsoring institution. Learn more

Scholarship Application

MFVA Scholarship applicants must be a resident of Michigan and plan to practice in Michigan, be a third year student in a college of optometry, have a 2.6 GPA or better in professional school, and will be based heavily on the need of financial assistance to complete their education. Online request must be submitted between January 1st but not later than May 1st each year. Learn more


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Our Impact

The MFVA has awarded nearly $1,000,000 in grants and scholarships since 1995!


$62,100

given in Grant awards in 2017

The MFVA awards grants annually for research and projects. In 2017, grants were awarded to Opening Eyes Special Olympics, MCO Research Grant, Think About Your Eyes, MCO Pediatrics Residency Program and Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired for an Octopus visual field.

 

$30,000

scholarship awards in 2017

Scholarships support Michigan first-year MCO optometry students or 3rd year optometry students. The MFVA has awarded $515,000 in scholarships since 1958!

 
 

$12,600

for svosh trips in 2017

MFVA has supported the Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) with funding of $170,245 over the past 24 consecutive years!