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American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces 2018 VSP Scholarship Winners

Posted On: 11/15/2018


The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and VSP Global announced the recipients of this year’s Practice Excellence Scholarships. Congratulations to UHCO’s own Rami Aboumourad, OPT IV, and Kristen Watt, OPT IV. Nearly $200,000 will be distributed amongst top-performing fourth-year optometry students in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. Two students from each school or college of optometry were selected by nomination of their individual institutions to receive the scholarship.

“We are honored to celebrate these incredible students who represent the next generation of optometry,” said Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO, VSP Global Board Chairman. “Their future is bright and we’re proud to invest in them through these scholarships as they begin their careers.”

VSP Global has provided more than $1.5 million in scholarship support to hundreds of optometry students.

The scholarships are funded through VSP Global‘s ® Global Charitable Fund in collaboration with FYi Doctors in Canada (for Canadian recipients) and is administered through the AAOF. 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 Global 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, OD, PhD, FAAO, and President of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation. “More importantly, the scholarships that are awarded help to indirectly impact the delivery of quality eye care and ensure patient needs are met.”