Spotlight on our 2017 College Scholarship Program Recipients

At National Vision, we enjoy the opportunity to support the academic achievements of our associate’s children. We recently selected five high school seniors to receive scholarship awards of $2,500 each, renewable for up to three years for a total scholarship of $10,000 towards their upcoming college education. Each of the recipients plans to enroll in a full‑time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States and pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Selection of the recipients is based on past academic performance and future academic and professional potential, leadership, and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and a statement of career and educational aspirations and goals. Since the National Vision Scholarship Program was established in 2006, we have awarded more than $287,000 in scholarships to 45 students.

Congratulations to the 2017 scholarship recipients!

Picture of Kenan PozegicKenan Pozegic

Kenan plans to attend the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. and study Mechanical Engineering. He is the son of Jasna Pozegic, a Credentialing Coordinator in the Professional Services Department at the Retail Support Center (RSC) in Duluth, Ga.  Jasna has been with the company since August 2014.

Kenan is the co-founder and co-president of his school’s Science Olympiad Club, a member of both the National Science Honor Society and the National English Honor Society, and a peer mentor. He is a Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient and enjoys playing the guitar in his free time.


Alexis Mejia

Picture of Claudia Arias

Alexis Mejia plans to attend California State University: Monterey Bay in Seaside, Calif. and study Business Administration. She is the daughter of Claudia Arias, an Assistant Manager for the Vision Center located inside of Walmart in Salinas, Calif. Claudia has been with the Vision Center since February 2015.

Alexis is involved with the Castroville Midnighters Car & Youth Club and the Traditional Mexicana Horse Group.


Picture of Darci TerHarr

Darci TerHaar

Darci TerHaar plans to attend Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. and study Education. She is the daughter of Kim TerHarr, an Eyeglass Manager for America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses in Holland, Mich. Kim has been with America’s Best since July 2014.

Darci is the Varsity Tennis Captain and enjoys reading, music and traveling in her free time.



Ryan SohizadPicture of Ryan Sohizad 

Ryan Sohizad plans to attend Duke University in Durham, NC and study Pre-Med. He is the son of Manijeh Shafiemir O.D., an optometrist for America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses in Dearborn, Mich. Dr. Shafiemir has been with America’s Best for over nine years.

Ryan is a member of the National Honor Society and an Orchestra Award Winner. In his free time, he plays both the violin and the guitar and soccer.


Picture of Jordynn BrannonJordynn Brannon

Jordynn Brannon plans to attend Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. and study Biology/Pre-Med. She is the daughter of LaRae Brannon, a Sales Associate for Eyeglass World in Martinez, Ga. LaRae has been with Eyeglass World for over five years.

Jordynn is on the honor roll and received the Most Dedicated Cheerleader Award from her school.




National Vision would like to congratulate all five scholarship winners and wish each of them great success throughout their college journey and future career!

Jessica Altamirano

Jessica Altamirano

Communications Specialist at National Vision, Inc.
Jessica Altamirano is a proud Veteran spouse who has worked for NVI since 2014. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. Jessica is passionate about corporate-nonprofit partnerships, philanthropic efforts in developing countries, Veteran recruitment, and creating a culture of health and wellness in the workplace.
Jessica Altamirano