HOYA Announces the Winners of the 2013 Grant and Scholarship Program.
For the first time HOYA Vision Care’s ePoster contest placed a winner from every optometry school resulting in 20 winners of a $1,000 grant and one grand prize grant scholarship winner of an additional $6,000. The Grant Winners also received an all expense paid trip to the AOA Meeting and an iPad.
“I continue to be impressed by the young people entering the field of optometry,” stated Barney Dougher, President of HOYA Vision Care, NA, he continued, “Mike Elton, our Director of Professional Services, does an incredible job of reaching out to all of the schools and developing programs that excite and inspire students to participate.”
The awards luncheon was held at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel on June 28th in conjunction with the AOA’s annual meeting. The Scholarship Winner, Dr. James Thirion, graduated in May and is already employed at an NSU clinic that serves the Cherokee Nation and was unable to attend the luncheon.
“It was an amazing year for this competition,” noted Mike Elton, “This is the first time in seven years of the program that we had a Grant Winner from every school, an all time high of 75 entries, and three repeat grant winners. I couldn’t be happier with the results and the opportunity to help so many students.”
Judging was based on originality, application of technology involved, product knowledge and overall analysis and composition.