Current optometry students Liliana Gonzalez, Emmanuel Nwagha, Anna Reard, Grace A Skarohlid, and Trevor Stiede have each been selected to receive a $2,500 scholarship from the online eyewear retailer.
A handful of lucky students across the nation have received Zenni Optical’s 2023 Eye Care Access Scholarship to further their growth in the optometry profession.
The online eyewear retailer stated in a news release that 5 students, Liliana Gonzalez, Emmanuel Nwagha, Anna Reard, Grace A Skarohlid, and Trevor Stiede, are slated to receive a $2,500 scholarship, as well as a chance to network through the company and its past scholarship recipients. All recipients are currently enrolled in US Optometry Schools.1
“With the growing demand for eye care in the US, fostering the next generation of optometrists is crucial," said Mori Goodyear, OD, ABOC, Ophthalmic/Optical Program Manager at Zenni Optical in the news release. "These scholarship recipients exemplify Zenni's mission that everyone deserves access to eye care. We are honored to support these students on their path to becoming optometrists and providing care to the underserved in their respective communities."
The Zenni Eye Care Access Scholarship is in its second year and intends to provide opportunities to shine a light on a growing need for optometrists in the US. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, verified applicants to accredited schools and colleges of optometry have plateaued within the past decade. The ratio of applicants to attendees have also decreased, dropping from 1.53 to 1.39 between 2010 and 2018.2 To follow this national trend, optometric programs have decreased their number of enrollees. However, it is estimated that the demand for optometrists will expand 9% from 2022 to 2032.3
After presenting the scholarship awards at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO), Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC, Optical Program Manager at Zenni Optical, applauded the school’s resources and its dedication to its students in a news release. “A perfect blend of cutting-edge technology, innovative design, and a deep commitment to eye care. The thoughtful construction and integration of advanced teaching tools, such as the VR Lab, exemplify the college's dedication to preparing future optometrists with the latest techniques for unparalleled clinical training," Moh said.
Listed below are this year’s recipients:
To learn more information on the Zenni Eye and its Care Access Scholarship, visit the company's website.