American Optometric Foundation Announces The 2016 VSP Global Scholarship Recipients
Orlando, FL (December 7, 2016) – The American Optometric Foundation (AOF), an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and VSP Global announced the recipients of this year’s Practice Excellence Scholarships. Nearly $200,000 will be distributed amongst top-performing fourth-year optometry students in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
“As a practicing optometrist, I know how critical it is to invest in the next generation of eye doctors,” said Dan Mannen, O.D., F.A.A.O., VSP Global Board Chairman. “We congratulate all the scholarship recipients and are excited for them as they embark on their new careers and begin to help elevate the optometric profession.”
Two students from each school or college of optometry were selected by nomination of their individual institutions to receive the scholarship. Since 2010, VSP has provided more than $1.5 million in scholarship support to hundreds of optometry students.
The scholarships are funded through VSP Global‘s Eyes of Hope® Global Charitable Fund in collaboration with FYi Doctors in Canada (for Canadian recipients) and is administered through the AOF. Some of the key criteria for selecting the scholarship recipients included the student’s commitment to enter the independent practice of optometry, clinical performance, and academic performance.
“Year after year we partner with VSP and the schools and colleges of optometry to provide these scholarships to deserving students because we see the importance of investing in the future of our profession,” said David Kirschen, OP, PhD, FAAO, and President of the American Optometric Foundation. “More importantly, the scholarships that are awarded help to indirectly impact the delivery of quality eye care and ensure patient needs are met.”
The scholarship includes a travel grant to participate in the American Academy of Optometry's 95th annual meeting November 9-12, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA where there will also be special planned reception to recognize the recipients. The VSP Global AOF Practice Excellence Scholarship reception will take place Thursday, November 10th 4:00-5:45pm.
The 2016 Practice Excellence Scholarship recipients are: