To enable future eye care professionals to learn from some of the best in optometry, CooperVision announced the launch of its first “Best Practices Scholarship Program.” The scholarship—offered to third-year optometry students—is an expansion of the company’s annual Best Practices initiative (EyeCareBestPractices.com), which recognizes optometric practices that advance the profession through innovation, industry leadership, and the provision of exceptional patient experience.
Three scholarship recipients will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the 2020 Best Practices Summit, which provides the opportunity to meet and collaborate with this year’s honorees, who will exchange ideas, tackle some of the challenges facing optometry, and build long-lasting relationships at the 3-day event next spring.
“Through our Best Practices program, we bring together the best of the best in optometry. Sharing their stories through this platform has been beneficial for not only the honorees, but other eye care professionals around the country,” Michele Andrews, OD, Senior Director of Professional and Academic Affairs, North America, said in the news release. “As we prepare to celebrate our fifth class of honorees, we thought there is no better way to continue the advancement of the profession than to include optometry students. With the addition of the Best Practices Scholarship, we hope to provide a valuable opportunity for our honorees to educate and inspire a new generation of optometrists.”
To be eligible, applicants must be third-year students currently in good academic standing at a U.S. optometry school. They must demonstrate leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, and additional optometry related experience. Applicants must also be able to attend the Best Practices Summit on May 3-5, 2020.
Applications for the scholarship will be accepted through January 10, 2020. To apply, interested students must submit a current resume, as well as a 1-minute video explaining their goals to one day impact the field of optometry, and discuss how attending the Best Practices Summit would help. For more information, full terms and conditions, or to apply, visit https://coopervision.com/practitioner/best-practices-summit-student-scholarship
Scholarship recipients will be announced in March 2020.