OPERF | Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

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.

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Recent Announcements

2018 OPERF/ABC Student Awards
for Academic Achievement Announced

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) and the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 OPERF/ABC Student Award for Academic Achievement.

Each of the following students will receive a $1,000 cash award in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement in their respective orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) education programs:

Jordan Biagi

Jordan Biagi
University of Hartford

Eric Brighton

Eric Brighton
University of Texas Southwestern

Kiera Daigle

Kiera Daigle
University of Washington

Jenna Neugebauer

Jenna Neugebauer
California State University,
Dominguez Hills

Jorian Ordway

Jorian Ordway
Northwestern University

Helenlyn Popescu

Helenlyn Popescu
University of Hartford

Maximilian Spencer

Maximilian Spencer
Georgia Institute of Technology

"We'd like to congratulate the recipients and thank everyone who applied for the 2018 OPERF/ABC Student Award for Academic Achievement," said Donald Katz, MHA, CO/L, FAAOP, chair of the OPERF Board of Directors. "The OPERF Board also extends its appreciation to all those who served as application reviewers for award submissions, as well as all the individuals, companies, and organizations within the O&P profession who continue to support these programs through their generous donations."

The OPERF/ABC Student Award for Academic Achievement in Orthotics & Prosthetics supports students who are currently enrolled in an O&P education program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and who have completed at least one semester toward their degree. Each year, up to 10 eligible students receive a $1,000 cash award.

Selection of OPERF/ABC Student Award for Academic Achievement award recipients is merit-based.