The American Academy of Optometry Foundation, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision, is pleased to announce the 2021 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipients. This award is bestowed annually to a second- or third-year optometry student who best demonstrates the ideal eye care standards of practice, achievement in both academic performance and extra-curricular activities, and participation with other professional pursuits such as involvement with patients through internships, community service, and other volunteer activities.

The 2021 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipients are:

Michael Q. Tran Chicago College of Optometry at Midwestern University
Lydie Tubene Illinois College of Optometry
Chad Herschberger Indiana University School of Optometry
Michael Oyefesobi Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry
Menatolla Soliman Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University School of Optometry
Jason Spaude Michigan College of Optometry
Sydney M. Gross Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry
Sara Masood New England College of Optometry
Heather Polson Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
Amanda Hernandez Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Kalli Marie Sachiko Hirasa Pacific University College of Optometry
Palma-Rosita Colalancia Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Irene Hwang Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Michelle Yan Southern College of Optometry
Andrew C. Rouse State University of New York College of Optometry
Curt Fritts-Davis The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Darian Travis University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Ashley Han University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
Angelica Echiverri University of Houston College of Optometry
Savannah Ferron University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry
Joshua Dudek University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry
Marina Nguyen University of Montreal School of Optometry
Morgan Elizabeth Peters University of Pikeville Kentucky School of Optometry
Chantelle Procunier University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science
Sheila Javadi Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry


We are thankful for the professional relationship between the Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision. Their support for this program continues to uphold the high caliber of optometric education.