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Local Optometry School Student Awarded Scholarship


December 10, 2020

Ms. Larissa Brigham, a graduate of New Glarus High School, was recently awarded a scholarship from the Wisconsin Foundation for Vision Awareness (WFVA) and the Wisconsin Optometric Association (WOA) to be used in the pursuit of her doctorate degree in Optometry. This award is presented each year to a select few optometry students who are originally from Wisconsin and are student members of the Wisconsin and American Optometric Associations. Selection is based on academic performance and ability, character, leadership and interest in the profession of optometry.

Larissa was selected amongst a number of well qualified applicants who were all outstanding optometric students. She is currently a 4th year student at the Chicago College of Optometry in Chicago, IL, and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Despite her demanding doctorate and professional work, Ms. Brigham makes time to volunteer in rural areas to provide eye care to those without healthcare resources. Most recently this included helping at a COVID-19 testing site.

Ms. Brigham has plans to return to Wisconsin after graduation and complete a residency, and then hopes to find a position near her hometown of New Glarus. The future Dr. Brigham state in her application that she was sold on a career in Optometry after shadowing a local Optometrist and seeing the patient-doctor relationship that optometrists are able to have with their patients due to the teamwork that is involved in a visual exam, the exponential amount of systemic information you can obtain from a comprehensive eye exam, and the variety of issues that patients can present with, every exam is different.

Congratulations to the future Dr. Larissa Brigham.

About the Wisconsin Optometric Association

The Wisconsin Optometric Association (WOA) is a nonprofit affiliation of licensed doctors of optometry and associated businesses dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the vision welfare of the people of Wisconsin. The WOA accomplishes its goals through education and dissemination of information, organized governmental activity, legislation and regulation, mediation with consumer and public interest groups, and provision of collective benefits to its members. Over 620 doctors of optometry are currently members of the WOA, located in nearly every county in the state. All members must be licensed to practice optometry by the State of Wisconsin. For more information, visit WOA’s website at


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