Incoming Students Chosen for Scholarship Program Honoring Alumnus Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, OD ‘43, who Created 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, MA, Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, a 1943 graduate of NECO, 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 into 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 a 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. When receiving an honorary degree in 2008 from NECO, 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 class. Fittingly, the scholarship program will be facilitated and managed through Scholarship America®.
Students for the Dr. Irving Fradkin Honorary Scholarship Program are chosen not only for their excellent grades and OAT scores, but for their work experience and involvement beyond in the community.
The inaugural recipients for the $3,000 scholarship from the Class of 2018 were Jamie Brosof from Flourtown, Pennsylvania, Stacey Flynt from Albany, New York, Micaela Gobeille from Boston, MA, and Shreya Jayasimha from Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Three scholarship recipients have just been announced for the Class of 2019: Sukhdeep Dhami from Brampton, Ontario in Canada, Nicole Broden from Devils Lake, North Dakota, and Jessica Taylor from Aldan, Pennsylvania.