SAN RAMON, Calif.—Following the March announcement of its 2021 Best Practices honorees, CooperVision has revealed the recipients of its second annual Best Practices Scholarship. Offered to outstanding third-year optometry students, the scholarship enables future eyecare professionals to learn directly from some of the best in optometry. Recipients were chosen based on their academic standing at a U.S. optometry school, their demonstration of leadership and participation in school or community activities, honors, and additional optometry-related experience. The 2021 Best Practices Scholarship recipients are:

• Erika Bendert, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry
• Melody Kordnaij, SUNY College of Optometry
• Lakshmisahithi Rani, New England College of Optometry

The Best Practices Scholarship provides them the opportunity to attend the 2021 Best Practices Summit—to be held virtually this spring—where they will listen to and collaborate with both the 2020 and 2021 Best Practices honorees, as well as last year’s scholarship recipients.

“Peer-to-peer collaboration has become a highlight of the Best Practices program, and we are excited to extend those opportunities to exceptional future eyecare professionals,” said Michele Andrews, OD, vice president, professional and government affairs, Americas, CooperVision. “This year’s scholarship recipients stood out for their drive and passion for advancing the profession, so I expect that the Best Practices honorees will gain as much inspiration from the students as the students gain from them.”

The Best Practices Scholarship Program is an expansion of CooperVision’s annual Best Practices initiative, which recognizes optometric practices that advance the profession through innovation, leadership, and the provision of exceptional patient experience.

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