OPERF | Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

OPERF/ABC Student Award for Academic Achievement

The OPERF/American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) Student Awards for Academic Achievement in Orthotics & Prosthetics Program supports orthotics and prosthetics students who are currently enrolled in a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)-accredited O&P program and who have completed at least one semester toward their degree program.

Each year the award provides up to 10 eligible students a $1,000 cash award. Applications are due to OPERF no later than October 1 and award notification takes place on or about December 1.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled full-time in a CAAHEP-accredited O&P practitioner program.
  • Completed at least one semester of a CAAHEP-accredited O&P practitioner program.
  • Individuals may only receive this award once.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:
  • Application
  • Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Applicant Statement

Applicants will receive e-mail confirmation of receipt of their application within three business days.


Applications must be completed online at www.OPERF.org.

Application attachments should be sent to submissions@operf.org. The subject of your email should read "OPERF/ABC Student Award.

Application attachments may be mailed to:

OPERF/ABC Student Award Submissions
Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation Inc.
P.O. Box 34635
Washington, DC 20043-4635

Download the full Award Program Overview Document