December 26, 2019

Scholarship Provides Opportunity for Third-Year Optometry Students to Attend Educational Summit Alongside New Honorees

SAN RAMON, Calif., December 26, 2019 — To enable future eye care professionals to learn from some of the best in optometry, CooperVision, Inc. announced today the launch of its first-ever Best Practices Scholarship Program. The scholarship—offered to outstanding third-year optometry students—is an expansion of the company’s annual Best Practices initiative (, which recognizes optometric practices that advance the profession through innovation, industry leadership, and the provision of exceptional patient experience.

Three scholarship recipients will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the 2020 Best Practices Summit, which provides them the opportunity to meet and collaborate with this year’s honorees, who will exchange ideas, tackle some of the challenges facing Optometry, and build long-lasting relationships at the three-day event next spring.

“Through our Best Practices program, we bring together the best of the best in optometry. Sharing their stories through this platform has been beneficial for not only the honorees, but other eye care professionals around the country,” said Michele Andrews, OD, Senior Director of Professional and Academic Affairs, North America. “As we prepare to celebrate our fifth class of honorees, we thought there is no better way to continue the advancement of the profession than to include optometry students. With the addition of the Best Practices Scholarship, we hope to provide a valuable opportunity for our honorees to educate and inspire a new generation of optometrists.”

To be eligible, applicants must be third-year students currently in good academic standing at a U.S. optometry school. They must demonstrate leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, and additional optometry related experience. Applicants must also be able to attend the Best Practices Summit on May 3-5, 2020.

Applications for the scholarship will be accepted through January 10, 2020. To apply, interested students must submit a current resume, as well as a one-minute video explaining their goals to one day impact the field of optometry, and discuss how attending the Best Practices Summit would help. For more information, full terms and conditions, or to apply, visit

Scholarship recipients will be announced in March 2020.


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About CooperVision
CooperVision, a unit of CooperCompanies (NYSE: COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. The Company produces a full array of monthly, two-week and daily disposable contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism and presbyopia; 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

About CooperCompanies
CooperCompanies (“Cooper”) is a global medical device company public traded on 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

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