The Rick Cornett Endowed Scholarship in Optometry

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For seventeen years, the Ohio Optometric Association has flourished under the guidance of its Executive Director, Mr. Rick Cornett.  It is difficult to quantify the number of lives that he has influenced during his tenure, from the Presidents and Board Members that have served with him, to The Ohio State College of Optometry and its students and faculty, to the General Assembly at the Statehouse, and most importantly, the patients of Ohio for which we care.  We all have been well served.

In anticipation of his retirement later this spring, the OOA Board of Directors is establishing The Rick Cornett Endowed Scholarship in Optometry at the Ohio State University College of Optometry.  Third or fourth year students exhibiting strong leadership and legislative potential will be eligible to receive the scholarship.  The burdensome debt with which optometry students graduate was a constant concern of Rick’s; The OOA Board feels establishing a scholarship to defray this debt is a fitting tribute to our captain.

We are seeking the support of fellow “Friends of Rick”.  Tax-deductible donations and/or pledges can be made via the attached gift form or online at (instructions below). Rachel Childress, the Director of Development at the College, is available if you have questions regarding your donation.  Her contact information is below. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this lasting tribute to Rick and his visionary stewardship of our Association.


Terri A. Gossard, O.D., M.S.

Ohio Optometric Association President

*On Sunday, March 29, 2015, the OOA will host an afternoon reception in honor of Rick’s retirement at JLiu’s Restaurant 6880 High St., Worthington OH, 43085 from 2:00-4:00 remarks will be starting at 3:00. Please contact Linda Fette at 614-781-0708, or via email at by March 15th, 2015.

Instructions to donate online:

1) Click link above

2) On the right side of the form is a blue “search” button click on it

3) Enter the following # 482751 (or search for Rick Cornett)

4) Click select, now the form will be populated for the Rick Cornett Scholarship Fund.

Printable Gift Form


Rachel Childress, Director of Development
 The Ohio State University 
College of Optometry, Development and Alumni Affairs 
A415 Starling Loving | 338 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210                                       614-292-2100 Office | 614-571-1696 Mobile | 614-247-8355 Fax


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