NEW YORK—Students at the SUNY College of Optometry will benefit from a $25,000 scholarship contribution from Omni Eye Services of New York, an affiliate clinical training site of the College. Omni founder/president and Optometric Center of New York (OCNY) board member, Christopher Quinn, OD, FAAO, said he is excited to boost top-notch optometric education and experience by way of a new scholarship to aspiring eye doctors in need. "We are a long time affiliate of the College through our externship program which we have maintained for over 30 years," said Dr. Quinn, who served on the board and is a past-president of the American Optometric Association.

"Being on the board of the College's foundation has also given me an appreciation for the good work OCNY does. It spurred our practice to want to give back to the profession, the institution and a worthy student."

In addition to Omni Eye, Dr. Quinn is the founder and president of the New Jersey Center for Cornea and Refractive Surgery and Essex Specialized Surgical Institute. He's also CEO of Omni Ophthalmic Management consultants and is on staff at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. "Our commitment to optometric education promoted us to want to reward a student who had an interest in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma, an important public health concern."

To help students achieve their professional goals and meet the cost of financing their education, SUNY Optometry hosts an annual Scholarship Presentation coordinated by the Office of Institutional Advancement. In 10  years, the OCNY and its donors have established over 20 scholarships to benefit hundreds of deserving students since its inception and in total the OCNY provides nearly $350,000 in scholarships and awards annually.

"We are honored to have an enduring partnership with Omni Eye Center, including the unwavering support of Dr. Quinn," said Richard Soden, OD, '79 and OCNY Board president.