Zenni Optical proudly announces the recipients of its 2023 Eye Care Access Scholarship. As covered by PR Newswire, this initiative underlines Zenni’s commitment to advancing the optometry profession in the U.S. and ensuring eye care is accessible to all.
The Impact of the Scholarship
This year, five deserving optometry students from diverse backgrounds and unique personal stories have been chosen. Each recipient, enrolled in U.S. Optometry Schools, will receive a $2,500 scholarship. This financial support is a part of Zenni’s effort to foster the next generation of optometrists dedicated to serving communities in need.
The Awardees’ Stories
In the 2023 Eye Care Access Scholarship program by Zenni Optical, five optometry students were awarded for their dedication to providing eye care in underserved communities. The awardees include Liliana Gonzalez from the Indiana College of Optometry, Emmanuel Nwagha from Western University College of Optometry, Anna Reard from Pacific University College of Optometry, Grace A. Skarohlid from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry, and Trevor Stiede from Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry. Each of these students aim to overcome cultural, language, and economic barriers in healthcare, reflecting Zenni’s vision that quality eye care should be available to everyone.
A Commitment to Advanced Learning
Dr. Sophia Moh, Optical Product Manager at Zenni Optical, highlighted the significance of innovative education in optometry during her visit to the Kentucky College of Optometry. She emphasized the importance of “a perfect blend of cutting-edge technology, innovative design, and a deep commitment to eye care. The thoughtful construction and integration of advanced teaching tools, such as the VR Lab, exemplify the college’s dedication to preparing future optometrists with the latest techniques for unparalleled clinical training.”
A Commitment Beyond Education
These scholarships are more than financial aid; they represent an investment in the future of optometric care and the betterment of community health. Zenni’s initiative is a testament to the company’s dedication to not just improving vision, but also enhancing lives through accessible eye care.
About the Author: Dr. Steven Liem, OD, FAAO
Dr. Steven Liem, O.D., F.A.A.O. is an optometrist based in Pasadena, California. After obtaining his doctorate from UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry, he completed his residency in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. When he isn’t busy streaming or making Youtube videos about video games, Dr. Liem aims to broaden accessibility to vision health through his involvement in optometric industry and tech.