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The HCPE Practice of Excellence Award is designed to identify and reward successful practices, recognize the achievements made by SCO graduates, and help foster joint relationships that benefit both the alumni and current optometry students.

The awards are divided into three sections based on the number of years of practice.

A panel of 5 judges consisting of 3 members of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence Advisory Board, the Director of HCPE and Dr. Jerry Hayes will review all submissions and check for proper eligibility and truthfulness.

In the event the panel of judges determines that there are no qualified or suitable applications submitted for a particular award, then they may elect to refrain from selecting a winner and no award will be given.

Any questions regarding the award should be directed to

Click here to see the 2017 application.


2016 winners

The Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at SCO is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of its Practice of Excellence Award.


Three different $5,000 awards were designated to honor recent alumni at different stages of their optometric careers. All three recipients own their own practices and exemplify the private practice principles embodied in the Hayes Center’s mission encouraging practice success. Recipients include:   

  • Bobby Pankey, OD '05, who practices at Eyecare Associates/Optical 2000 in Clinton, Mississippi.
  • Ashley Schuelke Reddell, OD '09, and Jonathan Reddell, OD '11, a husband and wife team who practice at Family Eye Care in Leavenworth, Kansas.
  • Josh Watt, OD '13, who practices at Monument Vision Clinic in Monument, Colorado.

The awards were presented by Lisa Wade, OD '84, Director of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence, and were followed by a Q&A session.