OneSight Research Foundation Awards $2,000 Scholarships to 20 Students

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CINCINNATI, Ohio—The OneSight Research Foundation has awarded $2,000 to each of the 20 winners of the 2013 Dr. Stanley Pearle Scholarship Fund to help support their optometric education. The four-member selection committee reviewed almost 100 applications to identify students who demonstrated leadership, scholastic performance and commitment to community service.

“The winners all honor the legacy of Dr. Pearle, founder of Pearle Vision,” said scholarship committee chair, Mark Jacquot, OD, senior director of eyecare, LensCrafters. “I was moved by each one’s desire to serve others, and I have confidence that they will make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of their future patients.”

The 2013 Dr. Stanley Pearle Scholarship recipients are:

• Ryan Beck, Nova Southeastern University
• Kinzy Frizzle, Illinois College of Optometry
• Christina Grosshans, Southern College of Optometry
• Megan Hangartner, University of Houston
• Katherine Harkins, New England College of Optometry
• Jessica Iida, Southern California College of Optometry
• Abby Jakob, Illinois College of Optometry
• Melissa Kendall, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
• Claudia Lee, University of Waterloo
• Timothy Mack, The Ohio State University
• Daniel Mlnarik, Indiana University
• Sarah Munther, The Ohio State University
• Kasie Rust, Pacific University
• Roberto Saenz, University of Houston
• Debi Sarma, New England College of Optometry
• Tatevik Shaboyan, University of Waterloo
• Jeanette Strommen, Pacific University
• Kevin Tomasu, Northeastern State University
• Katherine Woo, State University of New York
• Robert Young, Southern College of Optometry

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a fully accredited college or university that is an approved educational institution pursuing full-time graduate studies in an optometry program. Scholarships are awarded based on evidence of commitment to a career in the optometric profession and to community service and on scholastic performance and potential. Since 2008, the fund has awarded a total of $220,000 in scholarships to 110 students.

OneSight is a nonprofit organization founded by Luxottica (NYSE: LUX) and dedicated to solving the global need for vision care by providing sustainable access to quality vision care, eyewear and sun protection to those in need around the world. Since 1988, OneSight has helped more than eight million people and has granted more than $7 million to fund optical research and education.