Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Grant

History and Purpose

In 2001, an educational grant sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision was given to recognize outstanding fourth year student clinicians who have demonstrated excellence in contact lens patient care during their optometric education.

Eligibility and Application

Nominations MUST be submitted online by the deadline date (shown below).

The submission window opens Feb 1, 2022 and closes April 1, 2022.

One $500 grant and a personalized plaque will be awarded to a student at each of the North-American schools and colleges of optometry.

  • Nominee must be a fourth-year student.
  • Nominee must be a student member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). To learn more, visit the AAO website:
  • Nominee must represent outstanding clinical patient care as demonstrated by the student’s: (a) overall knowledge in the contact lens field, and (b) skillful, considerate and professional care of his/her contact lens patients.
  • W9 form (or W-8BEN if non-U.S. resident) for the recipient or institution must be faxed to the AAOF at 407-893-9890 or be already confirmed on file with our office. Checks may be made out directly to the student or to the institution for application to the student’s financial aid. Whether recipient or institution form is dependent on the prevailing policy of the school or college with regard to the graduation date of the recipient and the fact AAOF will need a minimum of 4 weeks for delivery of award materials.

Nomination Procedures

Each institution will be contacted directly via email as to the opening of the submission window, and no more than two months prior to deadline.

The appropriate grant selection committee at each of the schools/colleges of optometry will select the one student who best demonstrates the qualities outlined above. The AAOF will not accept applications directly from students.

Notification and Conferment

Each school or college will contact its grant winner to obtain any needed material(s) and or information for the selection process.

The AAOF will send the grant to the school or college or directly to the student as indicated in the submission.

Awards are generally mailed at minimum four weeks after deadline.

Grant Note

All grant recipients by application/nomination and acceptance of a grant agree to allow the AAOF 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 AAOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, social media, annual meeting promotional materials or press release.

For further information contact:

Jennifer Rubin
Awards and Student Membership Engagement Manager
622 E. Washington Street, Suite #300
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 321-319-4872



ORLANDO, Florida, April 14, 2021 – The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is pleased to announce the 2021 Johnson & Johnson Vision Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Grant recipients. This award recognizes outstanding fourth-year student clinicians who have demonstrated skillful knowledge of the contact lens field. Each winner will receive a $500 educational award and a personalized plaque commemorating their accomplishment.

2021 Recipients and Institutions attended:

Megan Sales

Chicago College of Optometry

William Skoog

Illinois College of Optometry

Taylor Spangle

Indiana University School of Optometry

Armando Lugo

Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry

Wiley Walls

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
School of Optometry

Kaitlyn Arnold

Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University

Eric Yoshinaga

Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry

Airi Ando

New England College of Optometry

Karli Weise

Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry

Lara Bregman

Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry

Emily Weakland

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Anjali Rupela

Pacific University College of Optometry

Kevin Feng

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Marisol Lauri

Southern California College of Optometry at
Marshall B. Ketchum University

Jesse Boles

Southern College of Optometry

Holly Knoechel

State University of New York College of Optometry

Dana Shannon

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Shazib Haq

University of California Berkeley School of Optometry

Isabel Deakins

University of Houston College of Optometry

Bradley Cary

University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry

Ana Maria Sochirca

University of Montreal School of Optometry

Elizabeth Trujillo

University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry

Cassidy Coleman

University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Optometry

Christina Chen

University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science

Alice Chalongwongse

Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation is thankful for the professional relationship between the foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision. Their outstanding support to raise the bar of optometric education to a new level is a remarkable reminder of their ongoing commitment to industry high standards.