Essilor Student Scholarships

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2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients
Formerly Varilux® Student Grant Award Program

Essilor of America invites you to participate in
Essilor Student Scholarship Program for 2017-2018

Essilor has proudly sponsored this program for more than 30 years.This is only a small part of our ongoing commitment to optometric education, optometry students and the optometric profession.


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It's a word synonymous with Essilor and for good reason. For nearly 170 years, we've been tirelessly innovating, pushing our lenses to deliver more.


  • Program is open to optometry students who have experience in the clinic's optical dispensary.
  • Students should submit case reports on patients fit with Essilor lenses to the school's faculty and/ or clinical staff who will select one submission.
  • Case reports can be submitted in printed form, or by e-mail to:
  • Maximum length is 2000 words.
  • Reports should include patient's old and new Rx, occupation, hobbies, unique problem solving applications and pertinent information.
  • Student information must include name, address, e-mail address, telephone number.
  • Entries must be postmarked or received via e-mail by February 1, 2018


The clinical faculty and/or staff at each school should select one recipient based on the following criteria: Dispensing skills, application of Essilor lenses to patient needs, analysis of the case(s) and analysis of the lens design and lens performance (optional/extra).


  • The student with the selected case report at each school will receive $1000, plus an entry into national judging.
  • The national award winner and faculty advisor will each receive $2500.


Danne Ventura, F.A.A.O.
Director, Professional Education
Essilor of America, Inc. 13555 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75234

2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients:

  • Jessica Chan. National Award Winner
    Illinois College of Optometry.
    Chicago IL
  • Ellen Butts. Honorable Mention
    NOVA Southeastern College of Optometry.
    Davie, FL
  • Taylor Kneip.
    Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University.
    Glendale, AZ
  • Megan Tucker.
    Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry.
    Tahlequah, OK
  • Ali Norton.
    Indiana University School of Optometry.
    Bloomington, IN
  • Diana Catuneanu.
    University of Houston College of Optometry.
    Houston, TX
  • Tiffany Wooten.
    Southern College of Optometry.
    Memphis, TN
  • Marielle Blumenthaler.
    The Ohio State University - College of Optometry.
    Columbus, OH
  • Kiran Gill.
    Pacific University College of Optometry.
    Forest Grove, OR 97116
  • Silvia Mijares Landin.
    Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry.
    Pomona, CA
  • Bhavithra Umapathisivam.
    New England College of Optometry.
    Boston, MA
  • Nathaniel Horlick.
    MCPHS University School of Optomtery.
    Worcester, MA
  • Brooke Segerstrom.
    Rosenberg School of Optometry, University of the Incarnate Word.
    San Antonio, Texas
  • Nicole Poon.
    State University of New York College of Optometry.
    New York, NY
  • Mina Choi.
    University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry.
    Berkeley, CA
  • Conner Robbins.
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.
    Birmingham, AL
  • Jessica Wu.
    Southern California College of Optometry.
    Fullerton, CA
  • Allegra Babiarz.
    Michigan College of Optometry.
    Big Rapids MI