The Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship Foundation

For over 50 years, the Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship Foundation has continued to recognize ongoing exceptional talent and support future leaders in optometry.

Purpose Statement

For over 50 years, the Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship Foundation has continued to recognize ongoing exceptional talent and support future leaders in optometry.  Historically, the scholarship is awarded annually to students(s) of optometry who possess academic excellence, financial need, and the desire to serve the profession of optometry in New Jersey as did Dr. Leslie Mintz.

The Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship Foundation's vision is to ensure that New Jersey is building strong and supportive professional connections with future eye health and vision care leaders, so that they may improve the state's health equity and access to care needs.  Annual scholarship distribution is based on viable applicants, number of applicant submissions, and the health of the scholarship endowment fund.

100% of the scholarship recipients reflect the current, diverse populations entering the profession to serve the public.  Diversity of the recipients includes diverse backgrounds, desired practice modalities and specialties, and connections to New Jersey rural, suburban, and urban communities.

100% of the scholarship recipients maintain a strong school transcript and express their intention to work in New Jersey.

Over 50% of the scholarship recipients ultimately select New Jersey as their professional home and service our New Jersey residents with quality eye health and vision care, with many more having spent part of their career in New Jersey.

30% of the scholarship recipients, since its inception, have gone on to become educators of the profession by working as faculty, publishing papers, and/or become leaders in the profession of Optometry, both in New Jersey and nationally.

The Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship Board of Directors
Dr. Paul Neiheiser, Chair
Dr. Maria Richman, Treasurer
Sharon Kais, Secretary
Dr. Daniel Desrivieres

Dr. David Kong
Dr. Stephanie Hwang
Dr. Vittorio Mena, Jr.
Dr. Talia Mishkin
Dr. Rodolfo Rodriguez
Dr. Leonard Steiner
Dr. Edward Campbell, Emeritus

Scholarship Application Process

Applications and all supporting documents are due January 15th. Documents may be uploaded at the end of the online application process or emailed to Edna McKinney

Mintz Scholarship Hardcopy Application (6-12-24)
New Online Application Coming Soon!

2023-2024 Recipients!

  • Laura Baldino (SUNY)
  • Lorenzo Stampone (SUNY)
  • Melina Morvani (SUNY)
  • Viral Shah (SALUS)
  • Gabrielle Tull-Lewis (SALUS)
  • Alexa Vardiman (SALUS)
  • Renee Pogrebneak (SALUS)
  • Manisha Talwar (SALUS)
  • Gillian Uldrich (SALUS)
  • John Adegoke (SALUS)
  • Gini Beltran (SALUS)
  • Kristen Cubillos (SALUS)
  • Anjali Patel (SALUS)
  • Jennifer Golias (MCPHS)

Congratulations to the 2022- 2023 Scholarship Recipients!

  • Sophia Johnson  (SUNY)
  • Ewa Kowalczyk  (SUNY)
  • Renee Pogrebneak (SALUS)
  • Gabrielle Tull-Lewis (SALUS)
  • Alexa Vardiman (SALUS)
  • Fatima Bhatti (NECO)
  • Veena Bokka (SUNY)
  • Daniel Parrotta (NOVA)
  • Menatolla Soliman (MCPHS)
  • Manisha Talwar  (SALUS)
  • Zarin Anjum (SALUS)
  • Judith Cohen Moyal (SALUS)
  • Viral Shah (SALUS)
  • Morgon VonSchmidt (SALUS)

Meet Some of the 2022-2023 Students!

2023 Mintz - Sophia Johnson

Mintz - Menatolla Soliman MPH

Veena Bokka

Renee Pogrebneak Mintz 2022-2023


Alexa Vardiman

Ewa Kowalczyk   Mintz 2022- 2023


Gabrielle Tull-Lewis




Your Support is Needed and Greatly Appreciated!

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The Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship Foundation is incorporated in New Jersey and is recognized as a IRC 501(c) (3) organization and all donations, less any goods and services received, may be tax deductible for you. Consult with your financial advisors to learn more.

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