The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards Grant to New England College of Optometry to Fund a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship


BOSTON, Mass.—New England College of Optometry (NECO) has announced the receipt of a grant from the The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, that will fund a new diversity and inclusion scholarship. Beatriz Perez, chair and president of The Coca-Cola Foundation stated, “The Coca-Cola Foundation is committed to empowering communities, including a strong focus on education. We are pleased to provide new support to enable minority and students with disabilities to pursue advanced studies in optometry.“

“We thank The Coca-Cola Foundation for this generous grant and for recognizing the importance of increasing diversity in the field of optometry,” said Angela Abraham, OD, diversity and inclusion liaison at NECO. “Optometry is a fulfilling profession that is much in demand as eye health needs continue to increase.”

This is the third such diversity and inclusion scholarship established at NECO in the past few months. In addition to The Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship, Warby Parker gifted a scholarship to be awarded to two Black scholars that covers tuition for the College’s four-year doctor of optometry program, as VMAIL reported last October. NECO alum Dr. Alan Glazier gifted scholarship funds with the goal to increase Black and underrepresented minority participation in the field of optometry.

The grant also furthers NECO’s organization-wide program for diversity and inclusion. “A scholarship is one aspect of a larger effort to attract individuals to optometry school who may otherwise not have considered it,” stated Janet LaBreck, member of the NECO board of trustees.

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The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world.