J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

History and Purpose

This award is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision and bestowed annually to a second or third year optometry student at each of the North American Schools and colleges of optometry. 

Purpose

To award $1,000 to a student 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. 

Eligibility and Application

The submission window opens July 15, 2021 and closes September 15, 2021.

The student must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). To learn more and become a member visitStudent Membership

Nomination Procedures

The J. Pat Cummings Nomination Form   and a copy of the appropriate IRS tax form are provided directly to institution contacts via email prior to the opening of the submission window.

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 AAOF 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: AAOAwards@aaoptom.org with the subject line: "Cummings Scholarship-Institution name".

Notification and Conferment

Each college or university will contact its award winner and an announcement will go out on the AAOF recent news feed. The AAOF will send the award directly to the school or college to be applied toward the student's financial aid. 

W-9 form (within the U.S.) or W-8BEN form (non-U.S. resident) must be submitted or be confirmed on file prior to award processing.

Awards are shipped 4 - 6 weeks post deadline. 

Award Notes

Please note : Guidelines for any given program are subject to change by the AAOF 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 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, annual meeting promotional materials or press release.

For further information contact:

Jennifer Rubin
Awards and Students Membership Engagement Manager
622 E. Washington St #300
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 321-319-4872
AAOAwards@aaoptom.org

Past Recipients

ORLANDO, FL (November 11, 2021) – The American Academy of Optometry Foundation, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision, is pleased to announce the 2021 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipients. This award is bestowed annually to a second- or third-year optometry student 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.

 The 2021 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipients are:

Michael Q. Tran

Chicago College of Optometry at Midwestern University

Lydie Tubene

Illinois College of Optometry

Chad Herschberger

Indiana University School of Optometry

Michael Oyefesobi

Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry

Menatolla Soliman

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University School of Optometry

Jason Spaude

Michigan College of Optometry

Sydney M. Gross

Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry

Sara Masood

New England College of Optometry

Heather Polson

Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry

Amanda Hernandez

Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry

Kalli Marie Sachiko Hirasa

Pacific University College of Optometry

Palma-Rosita Colalancia

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Irene Hwang

Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University

Michelle Yan

Southern College of Optometry

Andrew C. Rouse

State University of New York College of Optometry

Curt Fritts-Davis

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Darian Travis

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Ashley Han

University of California Berkeley School of Optometry

Angelica Echiverri

University of Houston College of Optometry

Savannah Ferron

University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry

Joshua Dudek

University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry

Marina Nguyen

University of Montreal School of Optometry

Morgan Elizabeth Peters

University of Pikeville Kentucky School of Optometry

Chantelle Procunier

University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science

Sheila Javadi

Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry


We are thankful for the professional relationship between the Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision. Their support for this program continues to uphold the high caliber of optometric education.