The Vision Council, National Optometric Association Announce New Opportunity Scholarship
Alexandria, VA (March 20, 2015) - The Vision Council has announced a new Opportunity Scholarship program, in partnership with the National Optometric Association (NOA), in an effort to promote the education of optometric students and further the advancement of the optometric industry at large.
The Vision Council, which hosts thousands of optometric professionals and paraprofessionals each year at International Vision Expos East and West, works to promote in the eye care industry as the global voice for vision care products and services. Today, as a founding member of the Think About Your Eyes coalition, The Vision Council is proactively working to provide for a healthy optical profession and industry by encouraging consumers to have a comprehensive eye exam.
"The mission of our organization - to promote growth of the industry and really position members to be successful in a competitive marketplace - is accomplished through education, advocacy, consumer research, strategic relationship building, and industry forums," said Mike Daley, CEO of The Vision Council. "In an effort to build on that mission, we've partnered with the NOA to offer scholarships to students participating in active chapters of the National Optometric Student Association, which in turn works to promote industry growth and the next generation of ODs."
The Vision Council will Award a $1,000 scholarship to one OD candidate at each school of optometry with an active NOSA Chapter. The scholarship will be renewable for one additional year if the recipient is still an active OD candidate meeting the stated criteria or has successfully graduated. Applicants are also automatically entered to win one of twenty-three $500 travel grants to International Vision Expo.
Candidates must be a member of an active NOSA chapter maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher, be a rising 4th year student (e.g. graduating in the class of 2016), express an interest in working with underserved populations, demonstrate financial need, and participate in optometric community service.
About The Vision Council
Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry through education, advocacy and consumer outreach. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about options in eyeglasses and sunglasses.
About the National Optometric Association
The National Optometric Association (NOA) is a not-for-profit corporation, comprised primarily of minority optometrists from throughout the United States, working to advance the visual health of minority populations through the delivery of effective and efficient eye and vision care services to the minority community.