PCO Receives $10,000 to Support NJ Optometry Students

Centennial_Block_500x300_ProgramBook_02-resizes.pngThe New Jersey Academy of Optometry’s (NJAO) chapter dinner meeting was held on November 14 at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, N.J.

This year’s guest speaker was the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) Bisant Labib, OD, FAAO, assistant professor and co-chief of Primary Care Services, Suite 3 at The Eye Institute (TEI). She presented a lecture on anterior segment diseases that may suggest underlying systematic diseases, how they would present, and how to co-manage patients and their conditions with primary doctors and other specialists.

During the dinner, four PCO residents were awarded travel grants from the Academy to present topics they had recently presented at the American Academy of Optometry’s meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

At the meeting, PCO also received a $10,000 scholarship check, presented by NJAO chapter president Candice Tolud, OD, FAAO and NJAO chapter treasurer Dennis Lyons, OD, both of whom are PCO alumni. Dr. Melissa Trego, PCO dean, accepted the check, on behalf of the University.

Group Photo at NJAO
The funds will support scholarships for students in the University’s Optometry program who originally hail  from New Jersey. “We are so thankful for the NJAO’s fifteen year commitment,” said Jacqueline Patterson, the University’s director of Major Gifts. To date, NJAO has provided more than $180,000 to support PCO students who are New Jersey residents.