American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2018 AAOF Student Matching Travel Grant Recipients

Published September 11, 2018

ORLANDO, FL (September 11, 2018) – The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) would like to announce the recipients of the 2018 AAOF Student Giving Matching Travel Grants. The program was started in 2014 to create a climate of giving back to the profession and promote involvement in Academy chapters at North American schools and colleges of optometry. Each school raised the funds and the money is being matched with a travel grant opportunity for each student to attend the Academy annual meeting in San Antonio.

The 2018 recipients and the participating institutions are:

Nora Kuby

Illinois College of Optometry

Michelle Kleman

Illinois College of Optometry

Chloe Janson

Indiana University School of Optometry

Jacinta Langlois

Indiana University School of Optometry

Evan Murray

Indiana University School of Optometry

Levi Ridgeway

Indiana University School of Optometry

Preet Dhami

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Anthony Mac

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

William Colton Cheek

Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry

Ryan Swindell

Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry

Rachel Luke

Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry

Ryan -Quang Van

Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry

Carolyn Chakuroff

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Taylor Norris

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Zekia Alhout

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Ashley Bachkhaz

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Irene Antar

State University of New York College of Optometry

Elise Hoi

State University of New York College of Optometry

Samantha Dunnington

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Kyley Campbell

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Elora Robbani

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Andrea Wilhoite

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Julia Bao

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry

Nicole Flowers

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry

Jacob Webster

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry

Logan Ritchhart

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry

Stephanie Minville

University of Montreal School of Optometry

Alexandra Gignac

University of Montreal School of Optometry

Annie Huang

University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science

Sherene Vazhappilly

University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science


The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is a 501 (c)(3) philanthropic organization which develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to improve clinical patient care. The AAOF is an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry.

For more information visit: www.aaopt.org/AAOF