Rockville, MD (September 24, 2010) – The American Optometric Foundation announces the 2010 class of AOF-Carl Zeiss Vision Fellows.  The class consisting of 19 optometry students, one selected from every college of optometry in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S., represents individuals with the best potential for strong leadership in independent practice.

Sponsored by Carl Zeiss Vision and administered by the AOF, the Fellowships honor outstanding achievement by third-year optometry student. Each Fellowship includes a $5,000 award made directly to the financial aid office at the student’s college to offset the fourth year of optometric education.

The 2010 AOF-Carl Zeiss Vision Fellows are:

Cherie B. Nau Illinois College of Optometry
Anthony W. Van Alstine Indiana University at Bloomington School of Optometry
Amy Buchanan Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry
Lyndsey Ferris Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Lee Johnson New England College of Optometry
Christopher H. Tran Northeastern State University College of Optometry
Vadim Guy Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Michelle Burgard Pacific University College of Optometry
Michael J. Schumacher Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Andy Tak Cheng Southern California College of Optometry
Matthew L. Willis Southern College of Optometry
Nikki Yee State University of New York College of Optometry
Andrew David Pucker The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Laura Rayne University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Elizabeth M. Hunt University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry
Lauren Rinando Nelson University of Houston College of Optometry
Tonia Lyn Batts University of Missouri at St. Louis School of Optometry
Joel Bainbridge Berube University of Montreal School of Optometry
Graham Berg University of Waterloo School of Optometry

Each Fellow will also receive a travel grant to attend the American Academy of Optometry annual meetings in their fourth year of study and their first year after graduation.  “One of the aims of the program is to encourage the Fellows to get involved with the Academy right away,” said Dr. Mark Bullimore of the American Optometric Foundation. “We believe that the Academy will be important to their future, and vice-versa. By supporting this outstanding group of students, Carl Zeiss Vision and the Foundation is investing in the future”

About Carl Zeiss VisionCarl Zeiss Vision, a privately held company with North American headquarters based in San Diego, California is a leader in lenses, coatings, Rx Lab services and equipment. Carl Zeiss Vision works continually to deliver a superior visual experience to wearers and growth to the optical industry.

About the American Optometric Foundation

The American Optometric Foundation is a philanthropic organization devoted to the advancement of optometric education and research, administering over $400,000 annually in scholarships, fellowships, and research grants. The AOF is proud to be an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry.

For more information about the organizations, contact Jeff Hopkins, Carl Zeiss Vision, 707-763-9911 ext. 6176, jeff.hopkins@vision.zeiss.com or Dr. Mark Bullimore, Development Director, American Optometric Foundation, 614-292-4724, bullimore.1@osu.edu.