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2021 AAO/AAOF Student Travel Fellowship Grant Recipients

Recipients will be honored at the Student and Resident Awards Lunch on Thursday, November 4.




(PRESS RELEASE) ORLANDO, FL — The American Academy of Optometry and its Foundation congratulates the recipients of the 2021 Student Travel Fellowship Grants. These $750 travel fellowships provide funding for students to attend Academy 2021 Boston, November 3-6, 2021.

The 2021 Student Travel Fellowship Grant recipients are:

AAO Student Travel Fellowships
Yvonne Adu-Agyeiwaah, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Elizabeth Day, The Ohio State University
Angelica Echiverri, University of Houston
Esther Senanu, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Allison Wirt, Southern College of Optometry

Arizona Chapter Student Travel Fellowship
Tysen Bringhurst, Midwestern University, Arizona

Brazelton Low Vision Student Travel Fellowship
Chrysanthi Stevens, New England College of Optometry

Brett G. Bence Clinical Student Travel Fellowship
Joseph Trinh, University of Houston
Bence Family Leadership Student Travel Fellowship
Amber Sarver, Illinois College of Optometry


BSK Student Travel Fellowship
Julie Lin, State University of New York College of Optometry

Edward I. Goodlaw Travel Fellowship
Meredith Fry, Southern College of Optometry

Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Fellowship
Ewa Kowalczyk, State University of New York College of Optometry
Rebecca Phung, Southern California College of Optometry

Frank W. Weymouth Student Travel Fellowships
Sampson Abu, Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Curt Fritts-Davis, The Ohio State University

Irvin M. Borish Student Travel Fellowships
Tiffany Luu, University of California, Berkeley
Keyur Salva, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Johnson & Johnson Vision Student Travel Fellowships
Funded by an educational grant from Johnson and Johnson Vision


Onyekachukwu Amiebenomo, Cardiff University
Bright Asare-Bediako, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Khob Bhandari, University of Houston
Samantha Blanke, Southern College of Optometry
Joshua Canavan, The Ohio State University
Ariel Hsuan Chao, University of Montreal
Deepa Dhungel, University of Houston
Sara Javidinejad, Chicago College of Optometry
Allison Jussel, University of Houston
Andrew Kageyama, State University of New York College of Optometry
Wei Hau Lew, University of Houston
Anusha Mathew, University of Houston
Hiral Patel, Chicago College of Optometry
Sanjana Saksena, State University of New York College of Optometry
Alexa Scalia, University of Montreal
Alina Shahid, Illinois College of Optometry
Logan Skrobarecek, Rosenberg School of Optometry
Elizabeth Stern-Green, The Ohio State University
Rachel Wang, University of Houston
Jia Zhou, Nova Southeastern University

Kirschen Family Student Travel Fellowship
Matthew Hepworth, Midwestern University at Arizona

Lois Schoenbrun Student Travel Fellowship
Jenny Xiang Jun Liu, Illinois College of Optometry

Luxottica Student Travel Fellowships
Melissa Huynh, Illinois College of Optometry
Neda Tahvilian, Rosenberg School of Optometry

Michael G. Harris Student Travel Fellowship
Ryan Funai, Southern California College of Optometry

N. Rex Ghormley Student Travel Fellowship
Jin Zhao, Nova Southeastern University


Robert D. Newcomb Student Travel Fellowship
Jaime Antonio, The Ohio State University

Recipients will be honored at the Student and Resident Awards Lunch on Thursday, November 4, from Noon to 1:00 PM location to TBD.


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