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Valerie (Brown) Arnold Awarded Scholarship



Valerie Brown Awarded Scholarship from Arkansas Optometric Association

LITTLE ROCK (September 3, 2014)-The Arkansas Optometric Association (ArOA) has announced Valerie Brown as the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Milton Webb Optometric Leadership and Service Scholarship.  

Valerie Brown-Arnold is from Crossett, AR and received her B.S. in Biology from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR.  While at Southern Arkansas University, she was very active on campus as a member of the Lambda Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and in various other clubs and organizations.  She competed in several pageants during her years at SAU and represented the school at Miss Arkansas as Miss Magnolia 2009, Miss Southern Arkansas University 2010 and Miss Texarkana, AR 2011.    She now attends the University of Missouri in St. Louis College of Optometry where she is a second year student and will graduate in 2017.  At UMSL, she is very involved on campus and is the president of the UMSL chapter of the National Optometric Student Association.  Valerie was married to KeAndre' Arnold of Texarkana, AR on June 28, 2014 and the now live in Saint Louis, MO with their miniature schnauzer Prince.  

The Arkansas Optometric Association  annually awards a $1500 scholarship to one Arkansas optometry student attending an accredited college of optometry.  This scholarship was established in memory of the late Dr. Milton Webb, with a gift from his wife’s estate, in recognition of his lifetime of service to the profession of optometry.  To be eligible for the Scholarship, a student must be a second-year or higher Optometry student member in good standing in the Arkansas Optometric Student Association and American Optometric Student Association; be an Arkansas resident; be a student in good academic standing; submit an essay on a topic chosen by the ArOA Board of Directors and present two letters of recommendation, one from someone affiliated with their school of optometry and from a service organization.

The Vision of ArOA is to be the trusted resource in eye health and vision care.  The Mission of the Arkansas Optometric Association (ArOA) is to preserve, promote and advance Optometry in Arkansas.  The Arkansas Optometric Association serves over three hundred members and is an affiliate of the American Optometric Association. 

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