Gift of Sight Award

Gift of Sight

The Gift of Sight Award is presented to a professional who works within the healthcare / eye banking community.

Successful nominees will, through their words and actions, demonstrate significant support for eye banking and corneal donation. Direct involvement with their local EBAA-member eye bank and efforts to engage the eye bank with their own organization and/or the broader community, are particularly valued.

Eligible nominees include, but are not limited to:

  • Nurses
  • Medical Examiners
  • Funeral Service Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Clergy
  • Hospital Administrative Personnel

…and any professionals who encourage corneal donation and advance EBAA’s mission.


  • Eligible nominees include, but are not limited to: Nurses, Medical Examiners, Funeral Service Professionals, Social Workers, Clergy, Hospital Administrative Personnel and any professionals who have worked to encourage corneal donation.
  • Nominations must be made by Executive Directors and/or Medical Directors of member eye banks for a professional associated with their eye bank who has made outstanding contributions to the eye bank, eye banking, and the “Gift of Sight.”
  • Previous nominations may be submitted.
  • EBAA will provide the awardee with one night of lodging, the award, a press release, and coverage in the EBAA Year in Review and the Insight e-newsletter.
  • The submitting eye bank is responsible for all other expenses.
  • Recipient should be present at the Annual Meeting to receive the award.
  • Salaried eye bank staff or paid outside consultants are not eligible for the award.

The 2022 nomination cycle has passed.

Congratulations to the 2021 Gift of Sight Award recipient:


Jeffrey C. Holcomb
Nominated by: The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration

As a funeral director, Jeffrey Holcomb has made significant contributions toward advancing the gift of sight through his partnership with The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration. Jeff’s role in providing state accredited continuing education for funeral professionals through his company, Continuing Vision, has uniquely situated him to provide a forum to share information about how funeral directors play a significant role in the eye donation community of compassion and help to give the gift of sight.