Congratulations to the 2017 Scholarship Recipients at New England College of Optometry. This distinguished group of students was honored for their excellence in scholarship, leadership, and clinical expertise on March 28, 2017.
President Clifford Scott led the ceremony explaining the nature of each scholarship and the ideals they represent. Other presenters included Executive Director of Finance Ruth Joress, faculty members Alexis Malkin, OD ’08, and Dr. Steven Koevary, and Dr. Paul White.
2017 Scholarship Award Recipients
Beider Moral Obligation Scholarship
Warren H. Beider, OD ’26, graduated when he was only twenty years old and practiced optometry for over fifty years. To honor his alma mater, he created this scholarship to honor academically strong students. This year’s award recipients were Marc Deeley, Paige Frost, Alicia Hanley, Andrea Magbanua, and Angela Tchao.
Israel and Sylvia Grossman Scholarship: Doriana Veneziano
This scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated academic achievement, and who is likely to be active in the profession and in the Alumni Association. Doriana Veneziano was selected because of her accomplishments and potential as a leader in the field.
Edith and Erich Heymans Scholarship: Lindsey Fields
This scholarship was create by the Heymans to honor the former NECO Business Manager’s fondness for the College. Mr. Heymans was a German immigrant who worked at the College in the late 1960’s as a part-time Business Manager. Lindsey Fields was chosen to receive this award as a student of high scholastic standing who exhibits integrity, dedication, and a high level of accuracy.
Monthe N. Kofos Scholarship: Chantelle Davis
This scholarship was created by a gift from Dr. Kofos. It is given to Chantelle Davis because of her potential to contribute to the profession and considerable academic achievement.
Wallace F. Molinari Scholarship: Hannah Calvelli
This award was established by Dr. Joseph Molinari, and is given to an entering student based on academic achievement and leadership. This year’s recipient was Hannah Calvelli.
Foster Namias Scholarship
The Class of 1950 initiated this scholarship to honor Dr. Namias and his fifty year tenure at the College. Victoria Gagnon and Janelle Levesque were selected because of their outstanding academic performances.
Harry and Sara Pildes Scholarship: Stephanie Aigbe
The Pildes family created this scholarship in honor of their parents and awarded to a first year student in the four-year program. Stephanie Aigbe was chosen for her academic achievement and potential to become an active and concerned member of the alumni body of the College and the profession.
Stacy Rosemore Friedman Scholarship: Jessica Taylor
This award was endowed to honor the scholarly and professional achievement of Fredric and Marion Rosemore’s granddaughter, a 2001 graduate of the College. The recipient is a student who maintains a strong academic record. This year two recipient, Jessica Taylor, was chosen for her excellent academic accomplishments as well as extracurricular activities at NECO.
VOSH ONE Student Grant Award: Tiana Camarillo
The VOSH ONE (Of New England) scholarship was created to assist students interested in continuing humanitarian and volunteer optometric work in the community and abroad. Recipients are chosen based on their previous humanitarian work as well as their future impact. This year’s recipient, Tiana Camarillo, was chosen for her dedication to humanitarian work providing eye care to those in need.
American Optometric Foundation’s J. Pat Cummings Scholarship: Micaela Gobeille
This American Optometric Foundation award is offered to a student who best demonstrates the ideal eye care standards of practice, has demonstrated achievements in academic performance and extra-curricular activities, professional pursuits, patient involvement, community service, and volunteerism. This year’s recipient is Micaela Gobeille.
Walmart Scholarship: Micaela Gobeille
The Walmart Optical Division Educational Scholarship is presented to a first, second or third year student who display a strong academic history, financial need, the ability to lead others, and a dedication and desire to practice within the community. Micaela Gobeille was chosen to receive this award.
Varilux Student Grant Award: Amy Uddin
This award is presented to a student based on dispensing skills, application of Varilux lenses to patient needs, and the analysis of a case described in a case report. Amy Uddin was selected as this year’s winner.
The Alumni Scholarship
Each year, the Alumni Association selects scholarship recipients based on record of service to the College and/or profession, and the potential for continued active participation in the alumni association, demonstrated community service, and academic performance. Representing the Alumni Scholarship Committee, Dr. Alexis Malkin, OD ’08, presented the awards this year to Kayla Andrade, Chantelle Davis, Stacey Flynt, Alicia Hanley, Cameron Sefton, Jessica Taylor, and Angela Tchao.
Dr. John Carter Scholarship: Swati Kumar
This scholarship was created to honor Dr. John Carter and his long, distinguished career in optometry and optometric education. This year’s recipient, Swati Kumar, was chosen for her excellent grades in all pharmacology coursework.
Otto Hochstadt Scholarship: Brett Burns
This award was created by Otto Hochstadt, an influential faculty member who taught medical sciences. He helped the college gain approval to grant a bachelor’s degree and subsequently, an OD degree. Brett Burns was chosen as this year’s recipient for his outstanding hard work and remarkable GPA in the first year Bioscience curriculum.
Klein Family Scholarship: Marlene Catarino
This scholarship honors Dr. Herman L. Klein, descendant of the founder of the College and president of the Board of Trustees from 1946 to 1950. Marlene Catarino was selected as this year’s recipient to acknowledge her academic excellence prior to entering the College.
Jean M. Lank Memorial Scholarship: Gabriella Velonias
This scholarship honors Dr. Jean M. Lank, who made a career change and graduated from the college in 1987. After passing away only two years later, her family established this scholarship in her memory. Gabriella Velonias was selected as this year’s recipient.
Rose and Warren Gilford, Dr. Arnelda Levine and Dr. Janet Mechanic OD1 Award: Xui Mei
This award was created by Rose and Warren Gilford to honor the lives, distinguished professional achievement, and exemplary service of their friends, Drs. Levine and Mechanic. This award celebrates the influx of talented and qualified women to the optometric profession. Xui Mei was chosen to receive this award because of her excellent academic record as an entering student.
Charles Robert Soltes Scholarship: Melanne Rosetta
This scholarship was created to honor Major Charles Robert Soltes, OD ’98, the first optometrist ever killed in action while serving on active duty in the US military. This award was established by faculty, staff, and friends of the College in his memory to honor his loyalty, integrity and compassion for his patients. Melanne Rosetta was chosen to receive this award.
Robert A. Titelbaum OD Award for Clinical Proficiency and Excellence: Andrew Rabkin
This award honors three generations of optometrists in the Titelbaum family by recognizing a student who has changed career paths and shown exceptional clinical proficiency and excellence. This year’s recipient is Andrew Rabkin.
Dr. Robert Allard Compassionate Clinician Award: Micaela Gobeille
This award is given to honor the compassionate and excellent clinician Dr. Robert Allard. For many years Dr. Allard was a clinical faculty member at NECO and shared his vast knowledge, extraordinary care, and dedication to his patients with NECO students. He passed away in June, 2009 after waging a courageous battle with ALS. This award is given to a third year student who combines both knowledge and technical skills with compassion and caring for patients. Dr. Paul White detailed Dr. Allard’s compassion, warmth, and spirit before presenting the award with Mrs. Allard to Micaela Gobeille.
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry, NECO, is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. For over 120 years, the New England College of Optometry has been educating optometrists and leaders in the field. Originally founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.
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