Join us in Washington, D.C.

Calling all my student advocates who want to get involved with the AOA and fight for optometry’s future alongside doctors from your state! A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible optometry students to attend AOA on Capitol Hill, April 14-16, in Washington, D.C. The AOA will offer eligible students up to $425 travel grants (based on receipts), as well as two nights housing to help offset travel expenses for attending.

This unique event directly connects optometry’s leaders with national policy leaders, making AOA on Capitol Hill a key reason why the AOA is consistently recognized as one of the most effective, respected advocacy organizations in Washington.

Registration is FREE and currently open to all optometry students!

Step 1: Register

Mark your calendars for April 14-16, 2024, and register online at: AOA Capitol Hill. You will need your AOA/AOSA member ID number to complete registration. To be eligible for the travel grant, you must have a permanent work/residential address in the United States (not including U.S. territories) and you must complete registration by Friday, March 15.

Step 2: Submit Roommate Requests

This is done during the registration process, and keep in mind that there will be up to four students per room and all assignments will be of the same sex. The AOA will assign rooms based on school and/or state, when possible. Two nights will be covered, including Sunday, April 14, and Monday, April 15. Room assignments will be distributed March 27-29.

Step 3: Book Flights!

The Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to downtown Washington, D.C., and is most convenient for travelers looking to be close to the city’s attractions and the housing accommodations.

Please email with any questions or concerns.

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