1st Annual Student Scholarship

Congratulations to this year's $1000 scholarship winners!















​          Alexandra Herrera                                   Derik Radich                                                Karen Levy

Alexandra Herrera is a graduate of Beacon High School. She graduated from Marist College with honors with a degree in biomedical sciences. She currently attends the SUNY State College of Optometry with an expected graduation date of May 2017. Alexandra is a member of many student organizations at SUNY including COVD, the AOSA and the NYSOA.  In addition to her scholarly activities, Alexandra is an avid runner and has completed several 10K races and half marathons.

Derek Radich is a native of New Windsor, NY.  He graduated in 2009 from the Newburgh Free Academy and completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY Geneseo where he majored in chemistry and minored in mathematics.  He currently attends the SUNY State College of Optometry with an expected graduation date of May 2017.  Derek is currently the President of the optometric honors society, Beta Sigma Kappa, and is a member of SVOSH.  In addition to his scholastic achievements, he is a sports enthusiast, enjoying both hockey and baseball, as well as podcasting about the NY Rangers.

Karen Levy is a graduate of Beacon High School. She graduated from Widener University with honors with a degree in biology. She currently attends the SUNY State College of Optometry with an expected graduation date of May 2017. During her undergraduate and graduate studies she was the recipient of several scholarships and awards. Karen is currently a member of the optometric Honor Society, Beta Sigma Kappa, and is very active in the NYSOA. Karen had the pleasure of representing the SUNY State College of Optometry in the AOA Student Bowl at Optometry’s Meeting in Boston 2016 and she helps organize the annual Vision Walk in NYC to raise awareness and funding for sight threatening retinal disease.

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The Hudson Valley Optometric Association will be offering this scholarship on an annual basis with applications being accepted begininng in September 2017.  The scholarship in the amount of $1000 is open to any current (as of September 2017) 2nd through 4th year Optometry student in good academic standing who has a sincere desire to practice Optometry in the Hudson Valley and plans to continue membershipin the NYSOA after graduation.

Applications need to be recieved by November 1st, 2017.  Scholarship(s) to be awarded in early 2018.  
To apply download the scholarship application here .  Email completed form along with requested docoments to hvospresident@gmail.com

If you would prefer to mail in your completed application please request mailing instructions from our President at hvospresident@gmail.com
New Member Spotlight

Meet some of the new members of the Hudson Valley Optometric Society

  1. Victoria McEwan OD
Victoria is a 2016 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University currently and ocular disease and primary care resident at the Hudson Valley VA. Victoria grew up in Burlington Flats, NY and studied biology at Elmira College prior to pursuing Optometry.

Victoria served as Class President, organized her class note taking system, and actively participated in several student organizations during her time at Salus. She has volunteered for several vision screenings through Opening Eyes at the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and traveled to Haiti for a week to provide eye care through Student Optometric Services to Humanity (SOSH). During her final two years at Salus University, Victoria was able to study and obtain a Master’s degree in public health.

Victoria, her husband, Jay, and their dog Rascal reside in Pleasant Valley. Victoria enjoys exploring new cities, reading, and spending leisure time with friends and family.  She is excited to be involved with the Hudson Valley Optometric Society for years to come.