Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Optometry students honored with awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000

St. Louis, Missouri (March 28, 2018) - Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation, the charitable organization of the American Optometric Association (AOA), administers numerous scholarships that encourage students to make a difference for their community and the profession of optometry. Optometry Cares and the AOA are pleased to announce the winners of the following scholarships for 2018:  

Vision West, Inc. Scholarship for InfantSEE®
Peter Jacques, University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry First-place: $7,500
Lindsay Estel, Southern College of Optometry, Runner-up: $3,000
Vision West, Inc., is a leading national eye-care Group Purchasing Organization offering Optometric Business Services to its members. The InfantSEE® Scholarship Grant requires optometry students have a desire to participate in the InfantSEE program, which provides no-cost, comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants within the first year of life. Jacques' winning entry can be viewed here; click here to view Estel's video entry.  

Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship, sponsored by Essilor
Spencer Lin, SALUS University, $10,000 for one third-year student
This scholarship honors Bernard Maitenaz, one of the foremost authorities in optical science and engineering. Maitenaz is the inventor of the Varilux lens and worked at Essilor for 43 years. Click here to view Lin's award-winning entry.

Dr. Pat and Patrick Cummings Scholarship
Kathleen Hoang, State University of New York College of Optometry, $5,000 for a fourth-year student
Sponsored in part by Johnson & Johnson Vision and in tribute to father and son, the Cummings family established the Dr. Pat & Patrick Cummings Memorial Fund through Optometry Cares. This scholarship allows the legacy of two amazing individuals to live on.

Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship
Charlotte Love, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris, $2,500 for one third-year student
Optometry Cares offers the Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship to a third-year student who best addresses the topic, "Qualities I have developed through my financial planning/work experience during and/or before optometry school, that I believe will be most useful to me in a professional optometric practice".

Dr. Larry J. Alexander Scholarship for Education
Sterlin Blakley, University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry, $2,500 for one third-year student
Sponsored in part by Optovue, this scholarship was established to honor the late Dr. Larry J. Alexander and his dedication to his work as an educator. Dr. Alexander's impact on optometry is only surpassed by his kindness and commitment to helping others.

To learn more about endowment and scholarships offered through Optometry Cares or to make a donation to support these scholarships, visit aoafoundation.org/endowment-fund.  

About Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation: As optometry's premier philanthropic and charitable organization, Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation is committed to its mission - expanding eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. With strategic ties with the AOA, strong volunteer leadership and generous donors, Optometry Cares is able to manage two community health programs, VISION USA and InfantSEE; administer Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief; provide scholarship grants for educational assistance; administer Healthy Eyes Healthy Children (HEHC) grants; and maintain the Archives and Museum for the optometric profession. To make a tax-deductible donation today, visit aoafoundation.org.