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Cash-strapped Optometry Students Give Back in a Big Way
Date:2/13/2009

Illinois College of Optometry students receive a Jenzabar Foundation grant to impact underserved communities around the world

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 13, 2009 -- Even in this uncertain economy, Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) students are opening their hearts and wallets to volunteer for domestic and global humanitarian missions through Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH). These missions to underdeveloped communities around the world provide life-changing care for thousands of people in need and allow students to participate in restoring or improving vision while also exposing them to different cultures and diverse eye conditions. The cost of participation limits the number of students who can get involved, but The Jenzabar Foundation announces today that it will award a grant to aid ICO's student chapter of SVOSH in an effort to subsidize the cost and support the humanitarian work of ICO students.

"When you think about it, here are students that are thousands and thousands of dollars in debt making a decision to volunteer and put together whatever resources they can to join a medical mission trip," said ICO-SVOSH President Michelle Crist. "We feel very fortunate to receive this grant from The Jenzabar Foundation as it will allow more students to participate in an experience that not only broadens our clinical knowledge, but will also carry over to when we are practicing optometrists."

This weekend, 25 ICO students will depart for Honduras, the last of nine mission trips for the 2008-2009 academic year. With limited resources and equipment, this group of students will j
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