Transitions and OAC Announce 2016 Students of Vision Scholarship Winners
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — Transitions Optical, Inc. and the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Students of Vision Scholarship program: Melanie Chin, Gabriella Courey and Laura Arrabi. Melanie Chin, a second year optometry student at the University of Waterloo, will be awarded a grand prize scholarship of $2,500; Gabriella Courey, a second year optometry student at the Université de Montréal, will be awarded a scholarship of $1,500; and Laura Arrabi, a first year opticianry student at NAIT, will be awarded a scholarship of $500.
This fall, applicants were asked to develop a project in the form of an essay, presentation or video sharing how they will educate patients and research the best optical lens solutions to protect against harmful blue light and UV. Submissions were reviewed by a panel of judges and evaluated based on their demonstration of creativity, strategic thinking and ethics. While many applicants displayed creativity and forward-thinking, Chin rose above the others with a comprehensive multimedia plan for blue light education. Additionally, Courey proposed in an essay several tactics of exceptional quality and Arrabi shared a notable overview for blue light awareness.
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