Press release: Indiana College of Optometry Student Awarded Scholarship

The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian:

Indiana College of Optometry Student Awarded Scholarship from Zenni® Optical

Liliana Gonzalez one of five students nationally recognized by Zenni Optical

NOVATO, Calif. (January 11, 2024) — Zenni Optical, the world’s leading online eyewear retailer, has awarded Indiana College of Optometry student Liliana Gonzalez with its 2023 Eye Care Access Scholarship. The scholarship program advances Zenni’s commitment to helping the world live better and see better by supporting the growth of the optometry profession in the U.S. 

“With the growing demand for eye care in the U.S., fostering the next generation of optometrists is crucial,” said Dr. Mori Goodyear, OD, ABOC, Ophthalmic/Optical Program Manager at Zenni Optical. “These scholarship recipients exemplify Zenni’s mission that everyone deserves access to eye care. We are honored to support these students on their path to becoming optometrists and providing care to the underserved in their respective communities.”

Now in its second year, the Zenni Eye Care Access Scholarship recognizes incoming students who want to provide eye care to communities in need everywhere. Vision care is often an overlooked part of healthcare, especially in underserved communities where individuals encounter barriers caused by cost and inadequate provider access. While the number of eye doctors remains relatively flat, the need continues to rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that demand for optometrists will expand 9% from 2022 to 2032. 

Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC, Optical Program Manager at Zenni Optical, described her visit to the Kentucky College of Optometry as a profound experience. “A perfect blend of cutting-edge technology, innovative design, and a deep commitment to eye care. The thoughtful construction and integration of advanced teaching tools, such as the VR Lab, exemplify the college’s dedication to preparing future optometrists with the latest techniques for unparalleled clinical training,” said Dr. Sophia Moh.

Students awarded the Zenni Eye Care Access Scholarship for the academic year 2023/2024 are those currently enrolled in U.S. Optometry Schools. These individuals, with remarkable personal stories and diverse backgrounds from across the nation, are set to receive a $2,500 scholarship. Alongside the financial support, each awardee will have the opportunity to cultivate a network that plays a pivotal role in their professional development. Additional information about the Bloomington recipient below:

Liliana Gonzalez is a student at the Indiana College of Optometry in Bloomington, Ind. She grew up in a predominantly Hispanic community that experienced barriers to health and vision care as a result of cultural and language barriers. Her childhood experiences inspired her to pursue optometry, where she will enhance diversity in the field and elevate quality of patient care for Latino patients. 

For more information on the Zenni Eye Care Access Scholarship and general Zenni information, please visit zenni.com/impact. 

About Zenni

Zenni pioneered the online eyewear industry in 2003 with a mission to make prescription eyewear affordable and accessible to everyone. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zenni offers adults and children the freedom to express their personal style through high-quality prescription and protective eyewear curated with a sense of fashion and incredible selection. To date, Zenni has worked alongside its nonprofit partners to distribute more than 1.5 million glasses. With complete prescription pairs starting at just $6.95, and averaging just over $40, the company has brought massive price disruption to the traditional retail model. With over 51 million frames sold worldwide, Zenni is proud to be the Official Eyewear of the San Francisco 49ers, Columbus Crew, Boston Celtics, and the Chicago Bulls. Zenni collaborates with renowned designers, athletes and influencers such as Keke Palmer, Iris Apfel, Cynthia Rowley, Sam Cassell, and George and Claire Kittle on exclusive curations and collections. Find more details at zenni.com/press.

Media Contacts

Toni Vindel 

PR Manager | Zenni Optical

[email protected]

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