New Transitions Optical Educational Grant Program Aims to Foster a More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Optical Industry

PINELLAS PARK, Fla.,  – To help increase diverse representation in the optical
industry, Transitions Optical, Inc., in partnership with its Diversity Advisory Board, is now
accepting applications for its inaugural Diversity in Optical educational grant program until
August 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Transitions Optical, which is a part of the EssilorLuxottica group, will award five grants in the
amount of $1,000 to applicants who are graduating high school seniors aspiring to attend
opticianry school in the U.S. Additionally, two grants in the amount of $5,000 will be
awarded to second-year optometry or ophthalmology students attending an accredited
U.S. school or college.

Grant Eligibility
All grant applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) recipient. Additionally, with the ambition to help build a stronger and more
sustainable pipeline of diverse talent in the optical industry, applicants must also be a member
of one of the marginalized groups currently underrepresented in the U.S. optical industry.

“Our Diversity in Optical grant program aims to help pave a path toward a more diverse,
inclusive and equitable industry by removing financial burden and providing historically
underrepresented populations with the opportunity to act on their professional interests by
receiving quality higher education,” said Arlene Barringer, senior marketing manager, trade
communications, Transitions.

The Diversity in Optical grant funds can be used to help defray costs associated with pursuing a
career in the optical industry, such as textbooks and educational materials associated with
curriculum and tuition reimbursement.

Grant recipients are also required to submit proof that all funds were used towards the cost of
the educational materials or applied to paying down student tuition.

Applying for a Diversity in Optical Grant
Applications for the Diversity in Optical optometry and ophthalmology grants as well as for the
opticianry grants are available online. All applicants must complete and submit their application
before the August 31, 2024 deadline. Requirements include:
 a one-page letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor
 a copy of an official high school or college transcript
 a 500-word personal essay or a two-to-three-minute video on why diversity matters to
the optical industry or the impact of having a diverse workforce in the optical industry
In addition, applicants must provide a response to one out of three questions that asks their
opinion on the role of optical professionals in helping to increase diversity in the industry and
ensure equitable and inclusive patient care.

The Transitions ® Diversity Advisory Board—which is comprised of practicing optometrists,
ophthalmologists and opticians from the largest and fastest-growing minority demographic
groups in the U.S.—will serve as the judging committee for all grants.

Winners of the Diversity in Optical grants will be publicly announced in September 2024
and applicants are encouraged to follow Transitions on social media for any updates.
About the Transitions ® Brand

Transitions ® eyeglass lenses and shields set new standards of advanced performance to
provide ever increasing visual comfort, and always blocking 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Product leadership, consumer focus, and operational excellence have made the Transitions ®
brand one of the most recognized consumer brands in optics. For more information about
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