Why I Support OCNY

Who is an OCNY donor? Like the diverse communities the Foundation serves, our donors come from various backgrounds, professions, regions, and walks of life.  The common connection they all share—the desire to advance and make a difference in optometric practice and patient care. From supporting student scholarships to expanding vision care services to those in need, learn more about reasons for giving from our OCNY donor stories.

Featured Donor

Name: Dawn R.

Area Supported: Scholarships

Number of Years: 3

Why give?
“I give to support ambitious students who will be the next leaders in eye care and help make their dreams a reality. With one out of every two eye doctors in NYS a graduation of SUNY Optometry, I want to make sure that they are able to recruit the best students who can learn as much as possible before becoming my future optometrist.”

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Corporate & Foundation Partners

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Allene Reuss Memorial Trust

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National Vision Doctor Of Optometry
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What People Are Saying

SUNY Optometry Student Kathleen Hoang Receives Dr. Pat & Patrick Cummings Scholarship

Kathleen Hoang, a fourth-year student at SUNY Optometry, has won the 2018 Dr. Pat and Patrick Cummings Scholarship from Optometry Cares, The AOA Foundation. The $5,000 scholarship is possible through individual donors and Johnson & Johnson Vision. To be eligible for the scholarship, the recipient must be a fourth-year student in good academic standing and […]


Record Number of Scholarships Given to Students

SUNY Optometry handed out 36 scholarships—a record number—at an event at the College last week, providing a unique opportunity for many of the creators and donors of the scholarships to meet the student recipients. The total number of scholarships given to students at the College has steadily increased in recent years. Below is a complete […]


SUNY Optometry’s 2018 Scholarship Presentation Celebrates Outstanding Students

NEW YORK CITY — SUNY Optometry and the Optometric Center of New York (OCNY) will recognize more than 50 exceptional current students during the College’s annual Scholarship Presentation Program on Wednesday, October 3. Beneficiaries were selected by the College according to donors’ criteria. Dr. Nathan and Laura Millman Scholarships  Holly Knoechel, Class of 2021 Raymond Farmer, […]