Mintz Scholarship Information

The Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship is awarded annually to an optometry school student or students who possess academic excellence, financial need, and the desire to serve the profession of optometry as did Dr. Leslie Mintz. The amount of each scholarship award can fluctuate based upon the yearly performance of the scholarship endowment fund; however, the scholarships often range from $1000 to $2500 per recipient. The total number and amount of scholarships awarded each year varies based upon the number of qualified applicants. The deadline for this year's applications is January 15th.

All required documents for the Dr. Leslie Mintz Scholarship application  can be emailed to Edna McKinney ( ) or mailed to the NJSOP’s office at 4 AAA Drive Suite 204 Hamilton, NJ 08691

View the scholarship rules and requirements
Complete the online scholarship application
Download and print the scholarship application


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Meet a few of the 2022 Recipients!

4th year at Salus
2nd year at Salus
4th year at NOVA

What has been a key part of your optometric student journey?

"A key part to my success as an optometric student was support and motivation from my family. They did their best to ensure I could focus my energy on studying. I am super grateful I had such a great support team for this tough journey."

What excites you most about practicing optometry in New Jersey?

"I am excited to practice in or around my hometown. I would love to work alongside former mentors that have encouraged me throughout my journey, in addition to providing quality care to my neighborhood."

What has been a key part of your optometric student journey?

"While in school, I have already been introduced to very caring and incredible doctors in my home state. They have been extremely accepting and make the optometric community in New Jersey feel like a family. For these reasons, I am excited to build many more relationships with optometrists in New Jersey in the future."

Tyler plans to practice in Monmouth County.


Gabrielle intends to practice in south central New Jersey.


Daniel plans to practice in the Morris County area


3rd year at Southern College of Optometry

4th year at Inter-American University of Puerto Rico

3rd year at New England College of optometry

What most excites you about practicing optometry in New Jersey? 

"After attending optometry school in Tennessee, I am excited to be able to return to my home state to practice optometry. Currently, I have aspirations to work in a community health center and/or private practice, with special interests in ocular disease, pediatrics, and community health. One of the things I love about New Jersey is the diverse population. I want to further practice my Spanish and Mandarin proficiency so that I can truly get to know my patients better and increase their access to care." 

What excites you most about practicing optometry in New Jersey?

"I want to practice in New Jersey as I cannot imagine myself practicing anywhere else. I grew up in Teaneck after moving to the United States from Syria in 2009. The weather in New Jersey is something I really adore. I am Muslim but I love the snow during Christmas time with all the Christmas decorations. I did all the externship rotations that I am allowed to do in New Jersey and I am confident it will be the perfect place for me to practice and build my future clinic."  

What excites you most about practicing optometry in New Jersey?

"Being away from home was a much needed journey to develop my independence and go outside of my comfort zone. However, I couldn’t ever imagine starting my optometric career anywhere but New Jersey. I am excited to have my family and friends nearby and I can’t wait for the “full circle” moment of conducting an eye exam on my father. New Jersey has a great scope of practice for optometry along with immense patient diversity. I am grateful to have a home state that is perfect for a new grad! "

Michelle plans to practice in northern New Jersey.

Karim plans to practice in Teaneck, NJ.

 Fatima plans to practice in Bergen County, NJ

Past Scholarship Winners