J. Pat Cummings Scholarship
This award is conferred annually to a second or third year optometry student at each of the North American Schools and colleges of optometry. One who best demonstrates the ideal eye care standards of practice, achievement in both academic performance and extra-curricular activities, and participation with other professional pursuits such as involvement with patients through internships, community service, and other volunteer activities.
Award and Eligibility
Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., one $1,000 award and a personalized plaque is awarded to one second or third year student attending each school or college of optometry in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico who is also a student member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). To learn more and become a member visit: www.aaopt.org/becoming/smembership
The J. Pat Cummings Nomination Form and a copy of the IRS tax form W9 are provided directly to institution contacts via email prior to the opening of the submission window, typically 2 months prior to the deadline.
The appropriate award selection committee at each of the schools/colleges of optometry will select the one student who meets the eligibility requirements and best demonstrates the qualities detailed in the above criteria. The AOF will not accept applications directly submitted by a student. Interested students should relay their desire for consideration to the award chair or financial aid representative at their institution.
Completed forms should be sent via email to: AOF@aaoptom.org with the subject line: "Cummings Scholarship + institution name".
Submission and Deadline
Deadline for nomination submission by the institution is September 1, 2015
Notification and Conferment
Each school or college will contact its award winner. The AOF will send the award directly to the school or college to be applied toward the student's financial aid. A W9 form (or W-8BEN if non-U.S. resident) must be submitted or be confirmed on file prior to award processing.
Awards are typically shipped 4 - 6 weeks post deadline. If able, the award presentation may be made by a sponsor representative assigned to each school or college of optometry or if feasible, by an AOF representative.
Prior to window open, guidelines for any given program are subject to change by the AOF and/or the award sponsor. Applicants are reminded to please review all information before submitting their materials to ensure it meets all criteria.
All award recipients by application/nomination and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AOF and/or the sponsor of the program to which they applied to publish their name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient. These will appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials or press release.
Please direct questions about this program to: Tracy Kitts, Foundation Coordinator, at: AOF@aaoptom.org or 321-710-3936.
2014 J. Pat Cummings Scholarships
The J. Pat Cummings program is designed to recognize outstanding second or third-year clinicians who best exemplify and enhance patient loyalty through establishing the important link between eye health and overall health. The program recognizes how important Eye Care Professionals are in educating patients in several areas, including: diagnosing and treating vision disorders, ensuring patient satisfaction with vision correction choices and encouraging patients to schedule regular eye exams.
The 2014 recipients:
Jessica D. Kulick at Illinois College of Optometry
Michelle Brown at Indiana University School of Optometry
Vladislav Koyfman at Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry
Marie Mantelli at MCPHS University School of Optometry
Trevor Fosso at Michigan College of Optometry
Shane Johnston at Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry
Laura Chan at New England College of Optometry
Allison Brewer at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
Emily Korszen at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Kate A. McClure at The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Brooke M. Harkness at Pacific University College of Optometry
Kimberley Ovitorre at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Nikalous Tolman at Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Feyisayo Aworunse at Southern College of Optometry
Tracy Elizabeth Borst at State University of New York College of Optometry
Katelyn W. Lohman at University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Alise Gentry at University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry
Batoul Abuharb at University of Houston College of Optometry
Nicole Ethridge at University of Missouri -St. Louis College of Optometry
Mylène Danielle at Desjardins University of Montreal, School of Optometry
Samantha Bohl at University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry
Morgan Welburn at University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science
Mandeep Dhillon at Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry
Each outstanding student clinician receives a $1,000 scholarship toward academic expenses and a personalized plaque to recognize their commitment to demonstrate academic excellence and ideal eye care standards of practice through internships, community service, and other volunteer activities.
The American Optometric Foundation is a philanthropic organization devoted to the advancement of optometric education and research, administering over $300,000 per year in scholarships, fellowships, and research grants. The AOF is an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry.