Dr. Pat & Patrick Cummings Scholarship
The scholarship is in memory of AOA Past President, Pat Cummings, O.D., who had a love for volunteering in his profession and making a positive impact in the community. Among many acts of philanthropy, Dr. Cummings was one of the first supporters of the InfantSEE® program, which helps provide no-cost eye examinations for children during their first year of life. The Cummings family faced terrible loss when Dr. Cummings died July 11, 2009 in a private plane crash. In a separate tragedy, his son, Patrick, passed away in a car accident at age 18.
In tribute to father and son, the Dr. Pat & Patrick Cummings Memorial Fund was established through Optometry Cares. This opportunity was generously funded by numerous individual donors, as well as a large contribution from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.
The national winner will be awarded $5,000. The Dr. Pat & Patrick Cummings Scholarship will be awarded to the author of the entry judged to be the best essay submitted to Optometry Cares®, in accordance with the criteria listed below.
- Be a fourth-year student member (class of 2017) of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and the AOA;
- Be a student in good academic standing based on your school’s criteria;
- Obtain one letter of recommendation from a teacher, dean or academic advisor;
- Submit a written paper (in English), not to exceed 3,000 characters including spaces and addresses questions below.
Questions to Address:
- Dr. Pat Cummings was passionate about improving the overall health of the public. How do you exemplify this passion and what are your goals in the area of public health?
- Do you plan to take a leadership role in optometry? Please tell us about leadership roles you have had in optometry school and your future leadership goals.
CLICK HERE to download the Dr. Pat & Patrick Cummings Scholarship package.
Students must check with the student affairs office to determine the institution’s on-campus deadline. Each school and college will choose one candidate from all applications received by their on-campus deadline and forward the individual’s name and essay to Optometry Cares® by October 31, 2016. The winner will be announced in January 2017.
For questions about this scholarship grant or its administration, please contact the Foundation.
Nova Southeastern University