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Congratulations - Recipient of the 2023-2024 Bob Novak ScholarshipThe Rochester Section of OPTICA is proud to announce Billie Muscarella as the recipient of the Bob Novak Scholarship for 2023-2024, awarded $1,000. Billie, a dedicated student in the Optical Systems Technology program at Monroe Community College, has maintained an impressive 4.0 GPA. A former personal trainer, Billie's journey to optics started with a career shift after moving from Los Angeles to Rochester. She was inspired by her husband's work and a meeting with Dr. Alexis Vogt, which led to her enrollment in optics classes at MCC.
Billie extends her heartfelt thanks for the scholarship, highlighting its significant impact on her academic journey. The financial support enables her to focus more on her studies and reduce the hours needed for overtime work. Her goal is to honor the memory of Mr. Novak by maintaining her high academic standards. Additionally, Billie is already making strides in the field, having secured a position in conventional polishing, and is excited about the opportunities in optics. She aspires to further her education with a bachelor's in Optical Engineering, aiming to innovate in manufacturing processes and safety within the industry. This scholarship not only eases her financial burden but also brings her closer to achieving her career ambitions in the dynamic world of optics.
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