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Leadership Scholarships

Do something amazing for a NECO student today….

Join your colleagues and become a leadership mentor!

Denis Shlosman, Class of 2018 and Kristen Griebel, OD '97

"As a mentor, I enjoy meeting with Denis and I am so proud to support a student's experience at NECO and their future in optometry."  - Kristen Griebel, OD'97

Share your commitment and passion for optometry by helping to shape the careers of NECO's brightest and most talented students by participating in the Leadership Scholarship mentoring program.

This mentoring program matches first year OD students with individuals or groups of mentors who support them throughout their time at NECO.

During their years at NECO, students and mentors have opportunities to meet, either informally, or at College social or networking events. The student/mentor program has proven to foster lifelong relationships and appreciation for the profession.

Leadership Scholarships demonstrate one of the highest callings - giving back to the profession. We encourage mentorsto share their range of optometric, professional, and business expertise with their students. Mentors do not have to be an optometrist or a NECO alumnus. 

Become a Mentor Today!

Ashley Szalkowski, Class of 2018 and Laura Dake Roche, OD '85

"It is an honor having Dr. Roche as my mentor. She has given me advice on opportunities I should consider while in school and different paths I can take in my optometric career."  

-Ashley Szalkowski, Class of 2018

 You are invited to join your classmates and influence our future. The Leadership Scholarship program is open to individual, pairs, or groups of donors.  It may also be  established as a shared gift, pledged by members of a class and/or regional alumni groups. In 2016, twenty NECO alumni from western Massachusetts established the Pioneer Valley Leadership Scholarship, which was awarded to an incoming Class of 2021 student. David Momnie, OD ’74, explains, "My hope for the group scholarship is to encourage bright and energetic graduates to consider practicing in western MA.” 

Individual, Class and Regional Leadership Scholarship Options:

$10,000 Gift

  • Individual:  $2,500.00 per year over 4 years 
  • Group:  $125.00 per year over 4 years (Class or Regional pledge from a group of 20) 

$6,000 Gift

  • Individual: $1,500.00 per year over 4 years 
  • Group: $75.00 per year over 4 years (Class or Regional pledge from a group of 20) 

For more information about the program, please contact:  Tony Cavallerano, ​Director of Professional Relations, Office of Institutional Advancement, or 617-587-5687.

Leadership Scholarship Recipients

View the Class of 2021 Leadership Scholarship Students and Mentors.
View the Class of 2019 Leadership Scholarship Students and Mentors.
View the Class of 2018 Leadership Scholarship Students and Mentors.
View the Class of 2017 Leadership Scholarship Students and Mentors.

The Leadership Scholarship has allowed me an amazing connection to the field. I now have someone that I can speak to who has already experienced the process that I am about to go through. I can tell that it will be a very rewarding experience, especially as a first-year optometry student.

Tamara Grannar, Class of 2017
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