Matching students with mentors to build strong leaders
Have you ever thought about becoming a mentor, sharing your commitment and passion for optometry with an optometry student? Now you can. Begun during the 2014 academic year, the New England College of Optometry has established four year Leadership Scholarships that benefit selected students with a tuition stipend to be distributed over his/her four years at the College, and an informal mentoring program which will enhance their education and career development.
In its first year, ten individuals chose to share their knowledge, experience and financial support with ten first year students. These mentors were matched with students who shared similar attributes and interests. The concept has proven so popular that the 2014-15 academic year had eighteen new mentors matched with students from the class of 2018 and in the 2015-16 academic year, we have added nine new mentors matched with students from the Class of 2019.
The relationships between student and mentor are reinforced with events and mentoring opportunities that are held at the College and other Boston locations, providing connections and bonds which we hope will continue when the students become professional colleagues.
The Leadership Scholarship has allowed me an amazing connection to the field. I now have someone that I can speak to who has already experienced the process that I am about to go through. I can tell that it will be a very rewarding experience, especially as a first-year optometry student.
For a commitment of $10,000 payable over four years ($2,500 per year) or $7,500 ($1,875 per year), you can become part of this exciting opportunity and choose to have the scholarship in your name, i.e. the Doctor Smith Leadership Scholarship.
Please note you do not have to be an optometrist or even a NECO graduate to participate in the Leadership Scholarship program (a lawyer, educator, and retiree are all represented among our twenty eight mentors), each offering sage advice and skills for the future optometrists.
If you are interested in learning more about the Leadership Scholarship program, please contact Tony Cavallerano, Director of Professional Relations at 617-587-5687.