Awards and Grants
Awards and Grants
Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award
Endowed by the generosity from David & Victoria Chang, Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award is made annually to recognize the life's work of those who inspire excellence in the field of global cataract surgery. The Award highlights unseen superstars of humanitarian eye care- the sight-givers who have dedicated lifetimes to helping individual patients and to changing the world.
Operation Sight Grant
The ASCRS Foundation's Operation Sight Grant program supports organizations and practices with charitable cataract programs who have (1) a verified 501(c)(3) status or (2) an affiliation with a verified 501(c)(3) organization. The grant is intended to support local organizations to expand access to free cataract care to underserved patient populations, who meet or exceed the Operation Sight patient criteria.
Resident Excellence Award
The ASCRS Foundation makes ten awards annually to enable ophthalmology residents exhibiting exemplary performance to attend the ASCRS Annual Meeting. The categories for consideration include research, patient care, leadership and education. Recipients receive a travel grant, four nights accommodation, complimentary meeting registration and invitations to select leadership and social events.
Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grant
The Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grant was created to inspire young eye surgeons to become involved with global eye care on a long-term basis. The grant affords the opportunity to participate in health care systems, including teaching institutions and community programs, in developing countries. Working with the ASCRS Foundation and its international partners, recipients get to develop a customized international volunteer plan that provides the opportunity for a young eye surgeon to learn first-hand the intricacies behind global eye care efforts.
"Humanitarian eye care is exciting and enlarges your view of the world and your place on it. But watch out; it's addictive."
Richard Litwin, MD, 2019 Chang Humanitarian Award Honoree
"I would absolutely recommend current residents and fellows to apply! Reach out to your residency or fellowship director to express your interest in being nominated."
Nandini Venkateswran, 2019 Resident Excellence Winner
"It was good fortune to get into eyecare. With renewed sight, the patient walks without being led, resumes a productive life that provides food, shelter and family needs and assumes a new dignity."
Lowell Gess, MD, 2020 Chang Humanitarian Award Honoree
About the Foundation Financials & Disclosures
The ASCRS Foundation supports physician education and provides humanitarian cataract surgery in the United States and developing countries. Through its programs and partnerships, the Foundation works to maximize the benefits of modern ophthalmology and to treat thousands of patients in need each year. The ASCRS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 23-7388748.