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Alumni Sponsorship

Do you remember your first white coat?

Think back to the way you felt when you received your white coat. Think of the pride and anticipation you experienced as you started your journey to a lifelong career in optometry. This fall, the Class of 2022 will embark on the same journey, taking the same oath and dedicating themselves to the same standard of patient care that you did. As a Southern College of Optometry graduate, you can make this experience just as special for a new optometry student following in your footsteps. As we prepare to welcome our class of aspiring optometric physicians, we invite you to become a white coat sponsor with $250 donation. As a white coat sponsor, you can provide personal encouragement by including a message to your sponsored student in the pocket of their white coat. You’ve already been an integral part of this tradition through your optometry journey. With the cost of education reaching record highs, your gesture will mean more now than ever.

If you are interested in sponsoring a white coat please contact Cecily Freeman, Director of Alumni Giving at 901.722.3290 or [email protected].


FamilyTribute Gifts

If you would like to honor your first-year student’s achievement, a tribute gift is a meaningful and impactful way to do so. You may make a donation of your choice by visiting sco.edu/donate to make your donation online.  Please use the designation "1st Year Family."

Your donation is tax-deductible and will support student scholarships. Tribute gifts in the amount of $250 and greater will include priority seating for the White Coat Ceremony*, complimentary BBQ tickets **, an opportunity to attend a private reception with SCO President Lewis Reich prior to the ceremony and recognition in the program. Tribute gifts of $100 and greater will be recognized in the program. What a great way to celebrate your student’s achievement!

*4 reserved seats per student, limited seats available, seats assigned on first come basis
**4 complimentary tickets per student