12 local students studying dental assisting and hygiene at our local colleges received scholarships as holiday presents from the Santa Clara County Dental Foundation in December. The students attend Foothill College, Carrington College, San Jose City College, and the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education Program.
Student applicants are rated based on their financial need, academic performance, passion for their chosen career, and the likelihood of staying in the area to support local dentists. A selection committee chaired by Drs. BaoKhanh Nguyen and Rahul Patel also included Drs. Erin Beveridge-Cabuling, Augie Lagemann, Lotus Mahon, and Simon Morris. These members read all of the applications, rated the candidates against the criteria, then met to discuss their impressions and select the final recipients.
Dental assisting students who received scholarships are:
- Sierra Claes, San Jose City College
- Yeonsu Hong, San Jose City College
- Mia Mann, Silicon Valley Career Technical Education
- Forough Mohammadifar, San Jose City College
- Melissa Salazar, Carrington College
- Angela Vu, Silicon Valley Career Technical Education
- Dental hygiene students who received scholarships are:
- Sandra Chen, Foothill College
- Alyssa Godinez, Carrington College
- Janet Medina, Carrington College
- Ngo Nguyen, Foothill College
- Truc Nguyen, Foothill College
- Shelley Raza, Carrington College
These students will be recognized at the April 13, 2023 SCCDS General Membership meeting at the SCCDS offices and via Zoom.