Memorial Scholarship – Dr. Victor J. Connors
Dr. Vic Connors passed away suddenly in June 2016. He was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Optometry Giving Sight in the USA, serving as both Chair and CEO for many years. He also served on our Global Board from 2006-12.
Vic was one of the first Chairman’s Club members and through his practice, has remained one of our strongest supporters. We were delighted to honor Vic with our Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011 and Isthmus Eye Care was our Practice of the Year in 2013.
Vic was a born leader and as a former President of the American Optometric Association, was successful in soliciting their formal endorsement of Optometry Giving Sight in 2006. He was also instrumental, along with the late Professor Brien Holden, in creating our strong and defining partnership with Vision Source.
His Presidency of the World Council of Optometry gave him a passion and commitment for promoting the development of Optometry around the world and this proved invaluable as we prioritised funding for the first Schools of Optometry in Malawi and Mozambique, in partnership with Brien Holden Vision Institute.
The Dr. Victor J. Connors Memorial Scholarship
Optometry Giving Sight would like to honor Vic through the creation of the Dr. Victor J. Connors Memorial Scholarship to benefit a student at the School of Optometry in Malawi. The School is regarded as a shining start in the development of Optometry in Africa, and has so far produced 27 graduates, with another 44 currently enrolled.
From this academic year, which starts in October, the University has introduced fees for the students for the first time, and this will create a level of hardship for many. The Dr. Victor J. Connors Memorial Scholarship will provide full tuition costs, lab costs, book allowance and living allowance for one student. We currently have funds to award the Scholarship for a single year, but we hope to raise enough money to create an endowed fund which will enable a full 5 year Scholarship to be awarded every 5 years.