Ohio State Optometry students, recent grads win scholarships, recognition

Janet Harawa (Class of 2016) has been named the 2015 winner of the Class of 1953 Scholarship. This scholarship was created by Dr. Burton Berk and members of the class of 1953 to support and honor academic excellence among the optometry student body. As such, the award is designated to recognize the top student with the best academic performance at the end of third year. As the winner, Janet will receive a certificate and a monetary scholarship.

Kate McClure (Class of 2016) won the AOF J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. This award is conferred annually to a second or third year optometry student at each of the North American schools and colleges of optometry who best demonstrates the ideal eye care standards of practice. To qualify, recipients must demonstrate achievement in both academic performance and clinical activities. Recipients should also exemplify a spirit of community service and volunteerism and the promotion of the importance of eye health. Kate was chosen based on nominations from the third year clinical faculty who remarked on her exemplary clinical skills and professionalism in the management of patients.

Tayla Meade (Class of 2015) won the 2015 Alcon Case Report Award. This case report competition involves patient encounters requiring unique strategies to achieve successful contact lens wear. Tayla’s case detailed the successful fitting of a patient in a piggyback lens design to manage her keratoconus and ocular surface needs. Alcon recognizes winners at each of the schools and colleges with a monetary prize. All school winners compete for one national award, which usually involves publication of the case report.

Sarah Wildermuth (Class of 2015) won the 2015 Hoya Grant and Scholarship. This case report competition involves patient encounters using a Hoya product to meet the prescription needs of the patient. Sarah’s case detailed the successful fitting of a patient in a wraparound progressive sunwear. Hoya recognizes winners at each of the schools and colleges with an iPad Air2 Wi-Fi, a travel grant and free registration to attend the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Meeting in Seattle this year. All school winners compete for one national $5,000 scholarship that will be awarded at this year’s Optometry Meeting.