Donors and recipients of scholarships seated at UAB's School of Optometry Scholarship Luncheon

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.”

Both 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.

The 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