The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) recently announced two of the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO)
students received honorable scholarships. Kylie Auman ’18OD earned the 2017 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship and Monica Udaykumar ’19OD was selected for the 2017 Vincent Salierno Scholarship. Auman was one of only 22 recipients and Udaykumar was one of only five throughout the country. Both students were nominated by a faculty member for their respective awards.
Both Auman and Udaykumar were appreciative of the scholarships and were pleased their passion for optometry was recognized on a national level.
The J. Pat Cummings Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually by the AAOF in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision. Recipients are second or third year optometry students who best demonstrate ideal standards of practice in optometry, have high performance in both academic and extracurricular activities and pursue other professional interests such as internships, community service, and/or volunteer activities.
“It serves as reassurance that I am performing to the best of my abilities in the classroom as well as giving my patients the best care possible,” Auman said. “I am very honored by this recognition, and I am so happy that my love of eye care is noticed by others. This award also serves as motivation to continually improve as a clinician.”
The Vincent Salierno Scholarship consists of a $2,000 award that is given to first, second, third and fourth year students pursuing a Doctor of Optometry degree. Students much be enrolled in a full-time course of study and must have a 3.0 (B) average for all course work taken thus far in optometry school. The scholarship is eligible for automatic renewal each year as long as the full-time student maintains a 3.0 average.
“First and foremost, I am thankful to the Salierno family and the AAO for providing support to students like myself,” Udaykumar said. “It feels great to be recognized for your hard work, not only academically, but also my work in the Salus community. The award further solidifies my interest in optometry and in myself as a future clinician.”