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UMSL Optometry Student Wins National InfantSEE Scholarship



Baugh Bruner Wins InfantSEE Scholarship, sponsored by Vision West, Inc.



Shelby Baugh Bruner ('17) was named the National Winner of the InfantSEE Scholarship for her submission.  Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation, the charitable organization of the American Optometric Association (AOA), administers numerous scholarships that encourage students to make a difference for their community and the profession of optometry.

Shelby Baugh Bruner  Class of 2017
 Congratulations to Shelby Nicole Baugh Bruner of University of Missouri St. Louis, College of Optometry Class of 2017 who was honored with first place ($5,000) and Kalie McCartin of Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry is runner-up and was awarded second place ($2,500).

Sponsored by Vision West, Inc., the InfantSEE® Scholarship Grant requires third-year optometry students to submit an essay and video describing their commitment to children’s vision. They must also desire to participate in the InfantSEE program, which provides no-cost comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life.

Click here to watch the winning videos.




About Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation:

As optometry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization, Optometry Cares–The AOA Foundation is committed to its mission – expanding eye care awareness, education and research and access to eye health and vision care to everyone in the United States in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. With strategic ties with the AOA, strong volunteer leadership and generous donors, Optometry Cares is able to manage two community health programs, VISION USA and InfantSEE, as well as the public-private initiative Healthy Eyes Healthy People®;administer Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief; provide scholarship grants for educational assistance; and maintain the Archives and Museum for the optometric profession. To make a tax-deductible donation today, visit www.aoafoundation.org.
 
About the American Optometric Association (AOA):
The American Optometric Association, a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations, was founded in 1898. Today, the AOA is proud to represent the profession of optometry, America's family eye doctors, who take a leading role in an individual's overall eye and vision care, health and well-being. Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye and have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders, diseases and injuries that affect the eye and visual system, providing two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. For information on a variety of eye health and vision topics, and to find an optometrist near you, visit www.aoa.org.

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