Dental students rewarded through generous donors

More than 30 students received scholarships this academic year

More than 30 students received dental scholarships for 2018-2019.At West Virginia University School of Dentistry, a recent scholarship recognition program revealed the growing generosity of our supporters.

Annually, our students are the recipients of the graciousness of alumni and friends of the only dental school in West Virginia.

In 2002, ten endowed scholarships were awarded to 12 School of Dentistry recipients. A decade and a half later, through West Virginia University Foundation, the dental school handed out 37 scholarships to 46 students.

According to WVU Foundation, up to 70% of WVU students seek financial support to attend each year, and private scholarships not only make it possible for some students to attend WVU, but they help reduce or, in some cases, eliminate the student loan burden after graduation.

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These are the men and women recognized for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Dr. Camillo Alberico Scholarship - Joey Finelli

Norman and Nathan Baker Scholarship - Bethany King, Elvis Tanyi

Champe Butler Sr. Dental Scholarship - Siera Hardy

Dr. and Mrs. James Caveney and Family Dental Table Clinic Award - DoHeum Choi, Katlyn Fullen, Mohamed Meky, Kathleen Schessler, Michael Christensen, Thomas P. Patrick, William Shelton

DDS Class of 1976 Scholarship - Chris Duplaga

Cottrill General Dentistry Scholarship - Kate Fullen

Dr. John H. Dempsey Orthodontic Scholarship - Stephanie Becker

Dr. David G. Edwards Dental Scholarship - Wes McWatters

Dr. Patrick J. Farace Memorial Scholarship - Angela Pelehac

Dr. S. Phillip F. Farley Memorial Scholarship - Rachel Marino,Joshua Thorne

Frieman/Wilner Dentistry Scholarship - Keith Hickman

Dr. Mohssen and Karen Ghalichebaf Cleft Lip/Palate Scholarship - Catherine Rainey

Ghareeb Dental Group Scholarship - Breana Dieringer

James A. Griffin Scholarship - Travis Moore

John W. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship for Dentistry - Makayla Gresham

Sabe Isaac and Rose Mary Howard Memorial Scholarship - Emilee Hrtyanski

Simon P. Hullihen Memorial Award - DoHeun Choi

Huntington Dental Scholarship - Charlene Rein

Kanawha Valley Dental Society Scholarship - Kenan Hossino

Dr. Carl Lemley and Mary Eugenia Kennedy Family Scholarship - Olivia Mason

Dr. Matthew Mathias Scholarship - Jordan Dillon

Thomas P. Moore Dental Scholarship - Brennan Wood

Othman Family Scholarship - Adam Secret

Ralph J. “Buck” Rutledge Dentistry Scholarship - Andrew Marra

Dr. Elliot Shulman School of Dentistry Scholarship - Robert Point

Skaff Family Scholarship - Alex Pancake

Smoot Memorial Scholarship - Elvis Tanyi

Dr. Frank Stevens Student Scholarship - Braden Montgomery, Alex Pancake

Dr. John L. and Hazel L. Sutton Scholarship - Mason Bishop, Mary Edwards, Ellen Harper, Christina Klug, Sarah Michaels, Mark Yohe

David C. Swann, DDS Class of 1980 Scholarship - Andrew Ruble

Dr. Nancy Burton Waitkus Dental Scholarship - Emilee Hrtyanski

Geraldine Core Willis Scholarship - Cassie Liston

West Virginia Dental Tuition Waiver - Maggie Conde, Kyla Galbreath, Chris Mallow, Josh Lokant, Racil Mando, David Meadows, Tristan Quinones

Dennis “PJ” Zickefoose Memorial Scholarship - Donovan Walter

School of Dentistry friends and alumni considering a gift to help future dentists with their educational investment can provide support in a number of ways. WVU Foundation assists donors interested in annual giving, planned giving, gifts in kind, corporate giving, stocks and securities, memorial donations, matching gifts and online giving.

For more information on giving, reach out to Karen Coombs, Director of Development, WVU School of Dentistry.