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Photos by Andrea Mabry


Recipients of 53 scholarships and the donors who established them were honored at the UAB School of Optometry’s inaugural Scholarship Luncheon.


The donors of three new scholarships were also honored at the event, which was held April 28 at the Edge of Chaos in UAB’s Lister Hill Library.

“Scholarships are important for so many reasons,” said Kelly Nichols, O.D., dean of the School in her opening remarks atluncheon. “Not only do they make a great impact on the students who receive them by lessening their financial burden, but they also allow students to focus on their education, which allows them to become more well-rounded clinicians and leaders in the profession of optometry, and at the same time, it enables the School to recruit the best and brightest.”

20170428 UAB opto luncheon mabry 017 5244Both a scholarship donor and a recipient made remarks. Jimmy Bartlett, O.D., professor
emeritus for the School, spoke to attendees. His scholarship is the scholarship is the Dr. Jimmy D. Bartlett/Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship. Nathania Nhouyvanisvong, a fourth-year student at the School and the recipient of both the Dr. Aharon Sternberg Endowed Optometry Scholarship and the Alcon annual scholarship, also gave remarks.


Three new scholarships were also introduced, and the donors were recognized. The first was
the John F. Amos, O.D., M.S., D.O.S., Endowed Optometry Scholarship, which was started by alumni to honor the years of service of John Amon, O.D., the fourth dean of the School.


Amos, who is now professor and dean emeritus, established a scholarship in 2009 with his wife, Catherine Amos. The new scholarship will be awarded starting in the 2017-2018 academic year.

20170428 UAB opto luncheon mabry 021 5257The second scholarship recognized was the SECO University Endowed Optometry Scholarship, which will be offered to students in the 2018-2019 academic year. This scholarship is the third funded by SECO International.

Robert Rutstein, O.D., and Judy Rutstein were honored for their newly established scholarship, The Robert and Judy Rutstein Binocular Vision Endowed Optometry Scholarship, which will be awarded in the 2017-2018 academic year.

See more photos of the event here.

Here are the scholarship recipients for 2016-2017:

ENDOWED OPTOMETRY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:

Abel Family Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Albert Chen

The Clark F. Amos Endowed Optometry Presidential Scholarship
Sarah Berry

Drs. John & Catherine Amos Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Maggie Overstreet

Dr. Arol Augsburger/Dean's Community Advisory Committee Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Andrew Gisel

Abraham Azman Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Betsy Stevenson

Dr. Jimmy D. Bartlett/Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Derrick Franklin

Birmingham Area Optometric Society Endowed Optometry Award Fund
Shannon Kirchmer

Richard B. Booth Endowed Optometry Scholarship   
Sara Moses

Helen & David Bunkin Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Katherine Edwards

Dr. Lester Caplan/Ciba Vision Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Kelly Cleary
Stephanie Ross

Douglas & Connie Clark Endowed Leadership Scholarship in Optometry
Sarah Driscoll

Dr. Elbert A. "Bert" Coshatt/Alumni Endowed Scholarship
Paul Brown

Bob & Hulene Crosby Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Sterlin Blakley

Dr. Ernest Debakey Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Khanh Trinh

The Lee Dickerson Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Kate Oliver

Energen/Alagasco Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Mohammad Zaid Aljabi

Dr. Jess Boyd Eskridge/Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Claire Mowrer

Essilor Of America Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Jonathan Davis
Haley Elizabeth Hixon
Ethan Mengle
Brittany Moates
Brandon Perry

The Faculty of Optometry & Vision Sciences Endowed Student Scholarship
Emma Wilhite Scott

The Martin D. & Rita Gaffney Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Patricia Kranz

Dr. Kristine B. Hopkins Vision Therapy Endowed Optometry Scholarship

Lauren Spencer

Hoya Vision Care Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Betsy Stevenson

Eydie C. Jones Endowed Optometry Scholarship   
Tan Duong

Drs. James & Robin Marbourg Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Ross Huggins

Dr. Charles A. "Scotty" Mccallum/Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Samantha Elliott

New Orleans Contact Lens Society Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Elise Debruler
Marston Mackenzie

New Orleans Contact Lens Society II Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Tracy Mai

Drs. Rod & Debi Nowakowski Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Neil Doppler

Dr. E.C. Overton/Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Samara Perryman

Henry B. Peters, O.D./Dean's Community Advisory Committee Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Jessica Grimes

Fredric & Marion Rosemore Family Foundation Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Javeya Williams

Schaeffer Eye Center Endowed Optometry Award Fund
Caleb Cart

Smith-Hammonds Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Melanie Chwalek

SECO International, LLC,  Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Emily Chaney

Southern Council Of Optometrists, Inc. Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Margi Patel

Dr. Aharon Sternberg Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Nathania Nhouyvanisvong

Dr. Edgar M. Warr/Alumni Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Sarah Berry

The Vision Care Institute Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Veronica Ferris-Metzger

Whitewater Creek Symposia Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Julia Pischek

Dr. Bradford W. Wild/Dean's Community Advisory Committee Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Giselle Pacheco

John A. Williamson Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Edyta Bogusz

Dr. Paul S. Worrell Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Elora Robbani
Reed Schmidt

Sylvia D. Worrell Endowed Optometry Vision Science Scholarship
Priyanvada Pitale
Cameron Postnikoff

Carl Zeiss Vision Endowed Optometry Scholarship
Nicole Leo


ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Alcon
Nathania Nhouyvanisvong

American Optometric Foundation (AOF) J & J Vision Care Inc. Award
Kate Oliver

J. Pat Cummings American Optometric Foundation Scholarship
Jessica Arighi Boyd


Kentucky Optometric Foundation Scholarship Award
Britt Borders
Jason Fort

NAS Alumni Association Scholarship
Claire Mowrer
Taylor Phillips
Priyamvada Pitale
Nereida Ragazzoni

Professional Eye Care Associates Of America (PECAA)
Taylor Phillips

Vision Service Plan (VSP)
Kelly Cleary
Ellen Prewitt

Society of Professional Optometrists in Georgia Scholarship
Caitlyn Steedley

Alabama Scholarship Recipients
Daniel Cason
Mason Childers
William Gibson
Mohammed Haque
Kelsie Morgan