Press Releases Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Program Selects 7 Recipients The program offers support for opticianry school, paid internships and mentorships. Published 4 months ago on July 27, 2021 By Press Releases Share Tweet (PRESS RELEASE) ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Vision Council announces that the Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Program’s selection committee has chosen the first round of scholarship recipients. Seven recipients were selected and notified this month. The Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Program is intended to provide financial assistance and career guidance to high school seniors and recent high school graduates from marginalized communities who show an interest in the eyecare and optical industry. The Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Program will support selected students through monetary scholarships to opticianry school, paid internships and mentorships. The intent of the program is to launch a far-reaching effort that can expand to other segments of the industry. 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To view the application, click here. “The scholarship selection committee is thrilled to recognize these seven highly deserving students with the first of the Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Program scholarships. We were impressed by the caliber of applicants and are excited to help these promising students launch their educations and careers,” said Tarrence Lackran, Director of Programs and Partnerships at The Vision Council and a member of the scholarship selection committee. “Furthermore, by extending the application deadline through August 20, The Vision Council is demonstrating our commitment to shaping the industry’s future through diversity and inclusion.” Advertisement “I’m so happy to receive such an amazing opportunity. And I look forward to joining this industry and going on this journey to earn my degree in this in Opticianry,” said Jaedon-King Fletcher, scholarship recipient. To-date, more than $330,000 has been pledged towards the Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Program. Supporters include: EssilorLuxottica: $100,000 National Vision, Inc.: $90,000 Luxury Optical Holdings: $83,837.68 CooperVision: $10,000 The Vision Council and RX: $10,000 Europa Eyewear: $7,000 DeRigo REM: $5,000 MyEyeDr.: $5,000 MODO Eyewear: $3,000 Jobson: $1,000 Eschenbach Optik: $1,000 Opticians Association of America: $1,000 Additionally, more than $25,000 has been donated by independent retailers, individual donors, and auction bids from a virtual auction held in January 2021. For scholarships for the 2021–2022 school year, eligible students must be interested in pursuing an Associates Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from either Georgia Piedmont Technical College or New York City Technical College. Scholarships will cover tuition and fees, and $250 allowance per semester for books and supplies. Scholarships are renewable each semester upon successful completion of all course work and internship/mentorship requirements. The Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Program does not include admittance to the colleges; students must apply separately to the ophthalmic dispensing programs. In addition to submitting a letter of recommendation and responses to several essay questions, scholarship applicants are asked to prepare and submit a 60 to 90 second video answering the following questions: Advertisement Who has been a role model to you? Why? Tell us about a personal achievement of yours that you are most proud of. What excites you about being a part of the Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Program? Eligible students must: Be interested in pursuing a degree at either Georgia Piedmont Technical College or New York City Technical College Have graduated from high school by June 30, 2021 Be available to work 16–24 hours per week during an internship/mentorship with an eyecare provider or optical retailer Be legally eligible to work in the United Sates Direct any questions to Tarrence Lackran, director of Programming and Partnerships at The Vision Council, at [email protected]. Related Topics:Latest News TopThe Vision Council click to Comment(Comment) Up Next Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry Residency Programs are Among the Best In the Nation Don't Miss Registration Now Open for Vision Expo West 2021 SPONSORED VIDEO Shamir Glacier Plus Metaform: Stronger. Thinner. Lighter. It’s time for a new compromise-free lens technology that completely changes our concept of what's possible. 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