Last week, on Wednesday, August 25, three-time Grammy winner, and modern soul star, Maxwell, honored three recipients of the Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund at the Times Square EDITION hotel. During the celebratory event, Maxwell, on behalf of The Vision Council, presented three of the recipients with their scholarships – Jaedon-King Fletcher, Diya Folia and Melissa Bottex. The four additional scholarship recipients, who were selected in July 2021, are: Genesis Opokularbi; Aaron Nyambe; JonChris Valerio; and Anastacia Paul. The event was co-hosted by STATE Optical Co.
“These students are amazing,” said Maxwell. “I was so proud to have a small part in paying it forward to the next generation of strivers. To see their passion and drive to succeed was inspiring.”
The event marks a continuation of Maxwell and STATE Optical Co.’s support of Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund. In February 2021, STATE Optical Co. announced the STATE X Maxwell Collaboration with a limited-edition sunglass style designed in partnership with Maxwell. A portion of the proceeds from the limited-edition line will be donated to Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund. The design of REUNION takes inspiration from Maxwell’s trademark trailblazing, modern soul sound.
Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund is a new program of the Better Vision Institute, the related educational foundation of The Vision Council, and is designed to support high school students in marginalized communities throughout the United States who have an interest in pursuing a career in the optical industry. The program will support these selected students through monetary scholarships to opticianry school, paid internships and mentorships. The intent of the program is to launch a far-reaching effort that can expand to other segments of the industry.
To contribute to the scholarship program directly, click here.
The Vision Council will continue to welcome the scholarship recipients to the vision care industry at Vision Expo West 2021, taking place September 22–25 in Las Vegas. On Thursday, September 23 from 2:15–2:45, the scholarship recipients will be introduced to the industry during a special EYE2EYE Series Panel moderated by Tarrence Lackran, Vice President, Community Relations – Diversity and Inclusion, at Luxury Optical Holdings.
Supporters of Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund include:
• DeRigo REM
• Europa Eyewear
• Eschenbach Optik
• Luxury Optical Holdings
• MODO Eyewear
• National Vision, Inc.
• Opticians Association of America
• The Vision Council and RX
For more information on the scholarship program and The Vision Council’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, click here.