PEOPLE National Vision Names 2022-2023 Scholarship Program Winners, Giving $12,500 to Next Generation of ODs By Staff Thursday, March 9, 2023 12:21 AM (L to R) Lydie Tubene, Sara Masood and Mahnoor Shahzad.DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) announced the winners of its 8th annual scholarship program, which recognizes the best and brightest optometry students based on essay or video submissions. This year’s applicants explored how technology can help break down barriers to receiving and providing quality eyecare, according to an announcement from the company. “Our profession—and health care as a whole—has evolved incredibly over the last several years,” said Alex Smith, vice president, clinical services and development at National Vision. “We’re inspired to see that optometry students are mindful of that evolution and how it applies to their future optometry careers. Based on the strength of the entries we received this year, it’s clear those careers will be successful.” The 2022-2023 scholarship program winners include: First Place ($7,500): Lydie Tubene, Illinois College of Optometry, Class of 2023 Runner-Up ($2,500): Sara Masood, New England College of Optometry, Class of 2024 Runner-Up ($2,500): Mahnoor Shahzad, Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry, Class of 2023 Inspired by National Vision’s mission to make quality eyecare and eyewear more affordable and accessible, the company said, this year’s prompt challenged students to evaluate how remote care can help overcome the geographic, physical, monetary and time barriers that can prevent patients from receiving an exam. Third- and fourth-year optometry students were invited to answer the prompt with written essays or video submissions. A panel of judges consisting of licensed optometrists reviewed each submission, ultimately picking the first-place winner and two runners-up out of the pack for their unique, polished points of view. “Our three winners represent a bright path forward for primary eyecare,” Smith said. “We’re proud to play a small role in their educational journeys and look forward to seeing all that they accomplish in the years to come.” National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) is the second largest optical retail company (by sales) in the U.S. with over 1,200 stores in 44 states and Puerto Rico. With a mission of helping people by making quality eyecare and eyewear more affordable and accessible, the company operates five retail brands: America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, and Vista Opticals inside select Fred Meyer stores and on select military bases, and several e-commerce websites.