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Scholarship Program to Honor Dr. Irving Fradkin


NECO Announces Scholarship Program to Honor Alumnus Dr. Irving Fradkin,

Creator of Dollars for Scholars®



New England College of Optometry (NECO) will honor one of its own in a manner most reflective of the groundbreaking work he did to support access to higher education. While practicing optometry in Fall River, Massachusetts, Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, a Class of 1943 NECO graduate, developed a belief that if everyone in the community gave just a dollar to an educational fund, it would be enough to help nearly every student in the community to attend college. He called his idea Dollars for Scholars®. This idea was implemented – one of the first checks received was from Eleanor Roosevelt – and has since expanded to become the nation’s largest non-profit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization, Scholarship America®. Since its inception 50 years ago, Scholarship America has awarded $3 billion to 2 million students.

Still active in his community, Dr. Fradkin continues to pursue his dream of giving America’s youth the opportunity for post-secondary education by reducing dropout rates and building a better nation, one community at a time. Dr. Fradkin was given an honorary degree from NECO in 2008. In the accompanying ceremony, he was cited as the person who best embodies the College’s commitment to education, patient care, and community service for the under-served.

NECO is proud to further recognize Dr. Fradkin’s many contributions by offering up to four scholarships in his name – The Dr. Irving Fradkin Honorary Scholarships – to members of the incoming four year program class if students. Fittingly, the scholarship program will be facilitated and managed through Scholarship America. 

Details of the program and application materials can be found at