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Optometry Student Awarded the 2017 Vincent Salierno Scholarship

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Mark Calixte

Second year student from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, Mark Calixte, was awarded the 2017 Vincent Salierno Scholarship by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF). First, second, third, and fourth year students pursuing a Doctorate of Optometry degree are nominated by his/her institution for the scholarship. The students must be enrolled in a full-time course of study and must have a 3.0 average for all course work taken thus far in optometry school.

The AAOF was founded in 1947 for the “upholding, broadening, fostering, promoting and aiding of optometric education; the profession of optometry and its practitioners.” The guiding force behind the creation of the organization was William C. Ezell, OD, of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Based in Orlando, FL, the AAOF is a philanthropic organization devoted to the advancement of optometric education and research. AAOF is proud to be the foundation of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).

Today, sources of support for the AAOF include optometrists, corporations, other foundations, state associations, and private citizens interested in vision care. The AAOF’s record of achievement is a strong history of dedication to the improvement of visual welfare of the public.