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, 2018 and closes September 15, 2018.

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: AAOF@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.

Please direct questions about this program to: Jennifer Rubin, Foundation Program Manager, at: AAOF@aaoptom.org or 321-319-4870.

Recipients

ORLANDO, FL (November 3, 2017) – The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision is pleased to announce the 2017 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 2017 Scholarship Recipients are:

Jessica Capri

Illinois College of Optometry

Derek Phelps

Indiana University School of Optometry

Esther Ko

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
School of Optometry

Kathleen Bott

Michigan College of Optometry

Hannah Johnson

Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry

Jessica Taylor

New England College of Optometry

Hayden Nauert

Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry

Melissa Zaleski

NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry

Masha Molodyh

Pacific University College of Optometry

Kylie Auman

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Nirmani Karunathilake  

Rosenberg School of Optometry

Brandin Gwinner

Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University

Blair Flint

Southern College of Optometry

Jana R. Widell

State University of New York College of Optometry

Kelly Marie Morgan

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Paul Brown

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Allison Mina Choi

University of California Berkeley School of Optometry

Rachel Reed

University of Houston College of Optometry

Aric J. Waltz

University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry

Gabriella Courey

University of Montreal School of Optometry

Sherene Vazhappilly

University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science

Lauren Monsanto

Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry

 

The AAOF is thankful for the professional relationship between the Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision. Their exceptional support for this program continues to uphold the high caliber of optometric resident education.