Foundation

National Optometric Foundation (NOF)

Foundation

National Optometric Foundation (NOF)

National Optometric Foundation

On behalf of the National Optometric Foundation (NOF), I would like to express our sincere appreciation to you for choosing to visit the NOF website in hopes of learning more about our organization. The NOF is quite unique in that our vision statement is, “the foundation helping minorities reach their vision through optometry.” For more than 40 years, the NOF has worked to secure its vision in various ways, such as student scholarships, targeted grants and special programming.

Our story began around 1975 when the National Optometric Foundation was established as a 501 (c) 3 organization, which allowed it to receive funds in support of its vision. Early in its history the NOF was successful in competing for a federal grant that supported the minority student recruitment and retention efforts of the National Optometric Association (NOA). The grant made it possible for the NOA to expand its efforts to assist the U.S. schools and colleges of optometry in the recruitment and retention of minority students from across the country. Under the leadership of the late Dr. Charles C. Comer and our founders, the late Dr. John Howlette and Dr. C. Clayton Powell, our optometry schools experienced significant increases in minority student enrollment and retention. With the increased numbers and the need for campus-specific support systems, the NOA began to charter chapters of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) at the individual schools and colleges of optometry.

Today, the National Optometric Foundation continues this legacy by making it possible for deserving students to fulfill their dreams of becoming optometrists. Every year we acknowledge and award the academic accomplishments of NOSA students through various scholarships. To create mentoring opportunities and foster professional relationships with practicing optometrists, we provide travel grants for all NOSA students to attend the annual convention of the National Optometric Association. The NOF also provides funding to support resources to the minority community. Our signature “Three Silent Killer” Program helps educate minority communities about eye and vision related conditions that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities.

We are proud of our history. We hope you will join us in continuing NOF’s rich legacy as we celebrate 40 years of service to our community.

Sincerely,
LaSheta P. David

Board Members:

  • President: Dr. LeSheta David
  • Treasurer: Dr. Torrence Watkins
  • Secretary: Dr. Cynthia Heard
  • Dr. Carol Merritt
  • Dr. Clayton Hicks
  • Dr. Ernest Robinson
  • Dr. Joyce Ramsue-Thompson
  • Dr. Mark Orso
  • Dr. Derrick Artis
  • Dr. Michael Howlette
  • Dr. Rose Gregory