Coming in 2023


To help visually impaired students fulfill their aspirations of a higher education (College, Graduate school or higher). We hope that they can carry forward Dr Neil Patel’s legacy of hard work, honor and dedication to support the under-served. 


  • Applicants must be legally blind 
  • Students must show proof of academic achievement 
  • Must show commitment to serve under-resourced communities 
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities

About Dr. Neil S. Patel

Dr. Neil S. Patel
Dr. Neil S. Patel

A true servant leader and world-class surgeon, Dr. Patel worked tirelessly in pursuit of his vision: to meet the needs of New York City’s under-served populations with honor and integrity, while simultaneously innovating the patient experience.

Beginning in the Bronx, Dr. Patel assembled a team of world-class providers and medical staff, who went on to rapidly expand the model into New York’s largest network of high-volume ophthalmology practices. Together, they manage the most complex of clinical cases while remaining steadfast in providing efficient, patient-centered care.

Join our Mission

Lighthouse Guild is dedicated to providing exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals.