Dental Hygiene, Assisting Students Now ‘Hinman Scholars’

Three dental hygiene students and one dental assisting student from Columbus Technical College were awarded $2,750 in total scholarship money at the annual Hinman Dental Meeting held recently in Atlanta. The nation’s leading dental organization hosted its 101st conference at the Georgia World Congress Center March 22-24, 2013 with approximately 23,000 dental professionals in attendance.

Dental hygiene students Sydney Brown, Sara Cooper, and Kayla Doyle each received a $750 scholarship at the event while dental assisting student Rachel Williams also earned a Hinman Society scholarship valued at 500 dollars. Student recipients of the scholarships are known as “Hinman Scholars.”

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Columbus Technical College Dental hygiene students Sydney Brown, Sara Cooper, and Kayla Doyle each received $750 in scholarship money from the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

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Dental Assisting Student Rachel Williams shows off her Hinman Scholarship plaque.

“The Hinman Scholarship is a very prestigious award and I have no doubt that these Hinman Scholars will be leaders of the dental profession as well as of their communities,” said Dental Hygiene Program Director Rebecca Foster. “They are highly ethical, motivated, and productive young students. Both directors are extremely proud of the dental hygiene and assisting students and their accomplishments.”

The Hinman scholarship money can be used to further the student’s education in any way.

The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society has promoted continuing education in the dental profession since 1912. It began granting scholarships to dental students in 1986, adding dental hygiene students to the program in 1989. Recipients are selected by the program director of each school’s dental hygiene department and must be junior student members of the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) as well as place in the top 10 percent of their class.

Dental Hygiene Program Director Rebecca Foster, Dental Hygiene Clinic Coordinator Teresa Norris, Dental Assisting Program Director Sharron Cook, and Dental Assisting Lab Assistant Kimi Edwards also attended the Atlanta session.