OPERF | Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

***NOTICE OF MERGER***

As of September 30, 2022, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) has merged with the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) to form The Orthotic and Prosthetic Foundation for Education and Research (The Foundation). The Foundation will continue the OPERF and COPL award programs that are currently in place.

Read the full announcement
regarding the OPERF/COPL merger

This website will provide information for those OPERF award programs in progress during The Foundation's transition phase.

OPERF Mission

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) was established to raise the standards of education and research in the O&P profession. Practicing O&P professionals founded the organization to meet the ever-changing needs of the field.

OPERF will award grants to promote research in the profession with the goal of providing the best possible care to patients in need of O&P care. The Foundation will also assist students currently attending or entering O&P education programs by providing competitive grants and awards as they pursue careers as O&P professionals, faculty or researchers in the field.

For additional information about OPERF, click here.

Recent Announcements

OPERF Announces 2022 ABC Inaugural Student Achievement and Student Diversity Scholarship Recipients

FALLS CHURCH, VA — The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) and the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) are proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 inaugural ABC Student Achievement and Student Diversity Scholarships.

The ABC Student Achievement Scholarships support the continued academic success of 10 qualified O&P students each year, and the ABC Student Diversity Scholarships support the academic success of four racially or ethnically underrepresented students in the O&P profession each year. Each recipient is awarded a $10,000 scholarship.

Eighty-seven students applied for the ABC Student Achievement Scholarship, and 29 students applied for the ABC Student Diversity Scholarship. "We were thrilled to receive such a robust response to both scholarship opportunities," said Donald Katz, MHA, CO/L, FAAOP, chair of the OPERF board of directors. “The OPERF board of directors would also like to extend its appreciation to all who served as reviewers for this year’s submissions. Their guidance and support were invaluable."

2022 ABC Student Achievement Scholarship Winners


Lauren Brousseau

Lauren Brousseau
University of Washington

Daniel Gieselman

Daniel Gieselman
Eastern Michigan University

Gabrielle Griffith

Gabrielle Griffith
University of Texas Southwestern

Lauren Jensen

Lauren Jensen
California State University,
Dominguez Hills

Sophia Mancini

Sophia Mancini
Eastern Michigan University

Paul Mindemann

Paul Mindemann
California State University,
Dominguez Hills

Kaleigh Neely

Kaleigh Neely
Eastern Michigan University

Kaela O'Leary

Kaela O'Leary
Florida International University

Anna Stark

Anna Stark
Eastern Michigan University

Emily Grace Tully

Emily Grace Tully
Baylor College of Medicine

2022 Student Diversity Scholarship Winners


Keyaira Crudup

Keyaira Crudup
Baylor College of Medicine

Matthew Ho

Matthew Ho
Baylor College of Medicine

Mario Jimenez-Padilla

Mario Jimenez-Padilla
California State University,
Dominguez Hills

Taushima Nixon

Taushima Nixon
Alabama State University