VSP Global and Heart of America Eye Care Congress partnered to launch a new optometry scholarship in honor of Frank Fontana, OD, affectionately known as “Uncle Frank.” Fontana passed away last fall at the age of 96 after a career that spanned seven decades. The Fontana Scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning in 2020.
“Dr. Fontana was committed to helping others—from his patients to fellow doctors of optometry, which included optometry students starting their careers,” said Gordon Jennings, OD, and VSP Global chairman of the board. “We are proud to celebrate his legacy through this scholarship and recognize the next generation who carry the same commitment to care and passion for our profession that he embodied.”
The Fontana Scholarship will be open to third and fourth year optometry students actively engaged in patient care. The scholarship recipient will receive $4,250 in scholarship money and a $750 travel grant to attend Heart of America’s Eye Care Congress Conference in 2020. Details on the application submission process will be released in a few months.