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Southern College of Optometry is proud to announce "Envision Our Progress," a five-year, $4 million comprehensive campaign to support SCO's newly announced building program and others initiatives promoting student scholarships and patient care.
SCO will utilize a number of funding strategies to help fulfill the college's plan for the future. SCO's Board of Trustees has allocated a portion of the funding necessary to complete SCO's new building program. A campaign goal of $4 million has been set to help fund the full $9.4 million construction and renovation project:
Co-chairing SCO's Campaign Committee will be Jarrett Johnson, OD '90, and James Sandefur, OD '65.
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the administration and everyone on campus, we express our appreciation to these two dedicated alumni from Louisiana," said SCO President Richard W. Phillips, OD '78. "Their enthusiasm for this undertaking is inspiring, and we're confident that with their leadership, our alumni and friends will join us in meeting this critical need that we've outlined in order to continue to lead the profession."
An "advance phase" for SCO's campaign is already underway. Members of SCO's administration, Board of Trustees, Alumni Council and other alumni have already committed $1 million toward the goal. Alumni and other donor support will be essential to improving access to the unique expertise that SCO and The Eye Center offers to our students, our patients and our alumni through their outreach around the world.
SCO intends to provide regular progress reports about our campaign and construction/renovation status. Your support is needed to make this dream a reality. Your generous tax-deductible gift will fund initiatives that will solidify SCO's competitive edge in optometric education. Your dedication to improving patient care and supporting student scholarships will send a signal that SCO is ready to stake its reputation on being the best college of optometry possible.
"One of the most inspiring things about SCO is that our students clearly see our potential when they choose to invest their four years and tuition dollars here in Memphis," President Phillips said. "We're envisioning giving our students the environment they need to succeed, one that equals our reputation for academic and clinical excellence. I know that together, we're ready to meet this challenge."
SCO has launched a new section on our website to provide alumni and friends with more information about the "Envision Our Progress" campaign.
Please contact SCO's Office for Institutional Advancement at (901) 722-3216 or by email at [email protected] for more information on supporting this new campaign.