May 05, 2020

SAN RAMON, Calif., May 5, 2020 — Following the announcement of its 2020 Best Practices honorees last month, CooperVision, Inc. has revealed the recipients of its new Best Practices Scholarship. Offered to outstanding third-year optometry students, the scholarship enables future eye care professionals to learn directly from some of the best in optometry.

The inaugural Best Practices Scholarship recipients are:

  • Matthew Barnes, New England College of Optometry
  • Christina Cherny, SUNY College of Optometry
  • Matthew Howell, Chicago College of Optometry

Recipients were chosen based on their academic standing at a U.S. optometry school, their demonstration of leadership and participation in school or community activities, honors, and additional optometry-related experience. The Best Practices Scholarship provides them the opportunity to attend the 2020 Best Practices Summit, where they will listen to and collaborate with eye care professionals from this year’s honored practices.

“Through the application process, we heard from so many of the bright minds and kind hearts who are truly the future of optometry,” said Michele Andrews, OD, Senior Director of Professional and Academic Affairs, North America. “Our three recipients stood out for their inspiring stories, passion for the profession, and dedication to providing life-changing care to their patients. We look forward to contributing to their education and career preparation through their participation in the Summit, and we expect the honorees will also benefit from hearing their perspectives.”

The Best Practices Scholarship Program is an expansion of CooperVision’s annual Best Practices initiative, which recognizes optometric practices that advance the profession through innovation, leadership, and the provision of exceptional patient experience.

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About CooperVision
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

About CooperCompanies
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

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