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Scholarship Information

The Admissions Office has a modest number of scholarships to offer promising new students. Scholarships administered by the Financial Aid Office are limited in number and amount (the average scholarship is $1,000), but contributions by private donors fund the following awards. The scholarships are awarded to students with the expectation that the recipient will continue to make satisfactory academic progress and conduct herself or himself in an ethical and professional manner. If a student who receives an award is later judged by the Student Affairs Committee as not meeting the College’s standards (please refer to the Student Handbook), the award may be rescinded for at least one term of study. For awards that require an application, enrolled students will be sent the application each fall and an invitation to apply.

In addition, students can apply for scholarships specifically for optometry students. The Financial Aid office sends out announcements weekly for upcoming scholarships from optometric associations and industry providers. The AOA provides some resources for scholarships through this Guide to Optometric Loans, Grants, and Scholarships.  This includes scholarships such as the IHS (Indian Health Scholarship) program for American Indian and Alaska Native students and the HPSP, Health Professionals Scholarship Program, for students who are interested in pursuing military optometry service in exchange for tuition and living stipends.  Read more about the experiences of three NECO alumni in Military Optometry who participated in the HSPS in the 2014 Annual Report.

NECO Scholarships

Scholarship Description
Alumni Association Scholarship Provides nine $1000 awards to students in good academic standing and with demonstrated financial need and community service. The recipients are selected by an Alumni Association Scholarship Committee.
William C. Barrett Memorial Scholarship for Clinical Excellence Provides an award to a fourth year student with outstanding clinical skills and documented financial need. Priority is given to students meeting these criteria who served in clinical rotations at the Omni Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The scholarship award will be used to reduce the outstanding principal on the recipient’s most costly student loan. The recipient is selected by the preceptors at the Omni Atlanta.
Beider Moral Obligation Scholarship Offered to approximately eight students in the third and fourth year who have a cumulative grade-point average over 3.60 and who are financially needy, earnest, and faithful. The award is applied to the student recipients’ accounts.
Dr. John Carter Scholarship Provides an award to a third year student who has achieved a grade of A in all pharmacology coursework. Other additional factors may include demonstrated academic leadership and exemplary character.
Class of 1969 Scholarship Awarded to a fourth year student with demonstrated financial need and outstanding clinical performance.
Israel and Sylvia Grossman Scholarship Awarded to a student in the second, third, or fourth year who has demonstrated academic achievement and financial need, and who has the potential for becoming an active and concerned member of the alumni body of the college and the optometric profession.
The Rose and Warren Guilford Dr. Arnelda Levine and Dr. Janet Mechanic OD1 Award Is offered to a first year student with a GPA of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale), and an OAT score of 300 or more.
The Edith and Erich Heymans Scholarship Provides an award to a needy OD-3 student of high scholastic standing who exhibits integrity, dedication, and a high level of accuracy.
The Otto Hochstadt Scholarship Awarded to a first year student with a remarkable GPA in the Bio-Science curriculum; shows financial need and is considered industrious.
The Dr. Hyman R. Kamens Scholarship This award is given to a graduating fourth year student who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to serving others in the field of optometry. Students will be notified in the spring quarter to submit a brief essay why they believe they should receive this award.
The Klein Family Scholarship Awards a scholarship to a first year student with at least a 3.25 GPA and an OAT score of 300+, and who demonstrates financial need. Students apply using the College’s Scholarship application.
Monte N. Kofos Scholarship Awards two scholarships to student in the third and fourth years that have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need, and who has the potential to contribute to the optometric profession.
Jean M. Lank Memorial Scholarship The successful candidate is a first year student who is a nurse (RN or LPN) or an adult making a career change. In the fall, students are notified of the deadline to submit a letter of application indicating their career change: describe their former career and why they decided to change to optometry.
Dr. Joseph J. Levitan Prize Is offered to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in the doctor/patient relationship. Academic performance is not considered, but candidates must be in good academic standing with acceptable grades.
Wallace F. Molinari Scholarship Award This scholarship is given to a first year student who has a GPA of 3.5 or better, has extraordinary financial need, has proven academic and leadership achievement.
Foster Namias Scholarship Awarded to a student who shows financial need and is in the top 5% of the second or third year class.
The New England College of Optometry Award for Clinical Excellence Provides one award to a second year student in the four-year program who has demonstrated superior clinical competence.
Harry and Sara Pildes Scholarship Awarded to a student in the first year of the four-year program that has demonstrated academic achievement and financial need, and who has the potential for becoming an active and concerned member of the alumni body of the College and the optometric profession.
Charles Robert Soltes Memorial Scholarship This award is given to a student who demonstrates dedication to the College and to community service as did Rob Soltes, a graduate of the College, who died while serving in Iraq.
Robert A. Titlebaum, OD Clinical Proficiency Award Is awarded to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the doctor/patient relationship. Candidates must be in good academic standing.

 

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