Name: Alyssa Clemente 2026 Student Visionary Spotlight

Class Year: 2026

List the award(s) / scholarship(s) you have received
NJAO Scholarship

What does receiving this award or scholarship mean to you?
Being a SUNY-O student is something I enjoy and have devoted myself to, despite the challenges that have come with it. Knowing that I’ve been chosen to receive this scholarship has not only made me feel incredibly acknowledged, but has confirmed for me that I’m exactly where I am meant to be. I look forward to the community events, clinical cases, and challenging courses I will experience over the next four years that will help me become the best optometrist I can be.

What are your plans following graduation?
Upon completion of my OD degree, I plan to pursue a residency to further my education and demonstrate my devotion to the field. I’m early on in my optometric education, but I’m already especially interested in the cornea and contact lens field! I’m extremely excited to give back to others in this profession by caring for my patients, but also by helping future students achieve their goals as this scholarship has for me.