SAN RAMON, Calif., July 14, 2020—In support of the education of future eye care professionals, CooperVision and the National Optometric Association (NOA) have awarded three $1,000 scholarships to exceptional optometry students with a high interest in contact lenses. Announced during the Virtual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on June 27, the 2020 recipients of the Future Contact Lens Leader Scholarships are:
- Christina Huynh, Kentucky College of Optometry
- Jessica Olson Livermont, Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
- Richard Wan, The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Scholarship recipients were selected based on their membership in the National Optometric Student Association, their academic standing at their respective optometry schools, and their demonstration of contact lens leadership based on their application essay and faculty recommendations.
“A commitment to a career in optometry is a commitment to changing lives. It’s exciting to see the passion that this year’s scholarship recipients have for the profession, and specifically for contact lenses,” said Steve Rosinski, OD, Senior Manager of Professional and Academic Affairs, CooperVision. “We are honored to partner with the NOA to advance their education in this way, and we look forward to seeing the impact that Christina, Jessica, and Richard will make in the years to come.”
The NOA Future Contact Lens Leader Scholarships are awarded annually to up to three qualified optometry students who are entering their third or fourth year of optometry school and also eligible to those entering a contact lens residency program.
Founded in 1969, the National Optometric Association is a not-for-profit organization comprised primarily of minority optometrists from throughout the United States. It is dedicated to recruiting minority students into the schools and colleges of optometry and assisting in placing new graduates in eye care practices, as well as advancing the visual health of minority populations through the delivery of effective and efficient eye and vision care services to the minority community. The NOA currently has more than 800 members, and 18 student associations with more than 700 members.
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CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. The Company produces a full array of daily disposable, two-week and monthly contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia and childhood myopia; and offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.
CooperCompanies ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE (NYSE:COO). Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to developing a wide range of high-quality products for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical is committed to advancing the health of women, babies and families with its diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on medical devices and fertility & genomics. Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., Cooper has a workforce of more than 12,000 with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com.