RVCC Ophthalmic Science students Jennifer Sipe, left, and Caroline Stern, right, stand with their RVCC professor, Dr. Brian Thomas. The students have been named recipients of the Norman Snedeker/OANJ memorial scholarship from the Opticians Association of New Jersey (OANJ).

RVCC Students Earn Scholarships from Opticians Association

Raritan Valley Community College Ophthalmic Science students Caroline Stern of Highland Park and Jennifer Sipe of Westfield have been named recipients of the Norman Snedeker/OANJ memorial scholarship from the Opticians Association of New Jersey (OANJ).

The $500 scholarships are named in memory of Norman Snedeker, a New Jersey optician who bequeathed funds to the OANJ in order to assist students in their optical education. The competitive scholarships are offered annually to students with high averages. Students also must submit essays and demonstrate financial need in order to be considered for the scholarships.

RVCC offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Ophthalmic Science, an Ophthalmic Science Certificate program and an Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician Certificate of Completion program.
For additional information about RVCC's Ophthalmic Science programs, contact RVCC Professor Dr. Brian Thomas, 908-526-1200, ext. 8277.

Raritan Valley Community College's main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community's businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

Feature Image: RVCC Ophthalmic Science students Jennifer Sipe, left, and Caroline Stern, right, stand with their RVCC professor, Dr. Brian Thomas. The students have been named recipients of the Norman Snedeker/OANJ memorial scholarship from the Opticians Association of New Jersey (OANJ). Photo Courtesy RVCC Marketing Department.

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