(PRESS RELEASE) ORLANDO, FL – The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision announces the 2017 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipients. This award is bestowed annually to a second or third year optometry student who best demonstrates the ideal eye care standards of practice, achievement in both academic performance and extra-curricular activities, and participation with other professional pursuits such as involvement with patients through internships, community service, and other volunteer activities. 

The 2017 Scholarship Recipients are:

  • Jessica Capri - Illinois College of Optometry
  • Derek Phelps - Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Esther Ko - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University School of Optometry
  • Kathleen Bott - Michigan College of Optometry
  • Hannah Johnson - Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry
  • Jessica Taylor - New England College of Optometry
  • Hayden Nauert - Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
  • Melissa Zaleski - NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry
  • Masha Molodyh - Pacific University College of Optometry
  • Kylie Auman - Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
  • Nirmani Karunathilake - Rosenberg School of Optometry
  • Brandin Gwinner - Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
  • Blair FlintSouthern - College of Optometry
  • Jana R. Widell - State University of New York College of Optometry
  • Kelly Marie Morgan - The Ohio State University College of Optometry
  • Paul Brown - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
  • Allison Mina Choi - University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
  • Rachel Reed - University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Aric J. Waltz - University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry
  • Gabriella Courey - University of Montreal School of Optometry
  • Sherene Vazhappilly - University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science
  • Lauren Monsanto - Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry

The AAOF is thankful for the professional relationship between the Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision. Their exceptional support for this program continues to uphold the high caliber of optometric resident education.

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