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Schweers selected for scholarships

Schweers' diligence and service to others honored

Dental hygiene senior Brian Schweers works hard to reach his goals. Recently he was awarded two scholarships that will help make the path toward those goals a little smoother.

Amy Frederiksen and Brian Schweers
Amy Frederiksen, BJ Long Scholarship
Committee chair, presents Brian Schweers
with the scholarship check
During the Dallas Dental Hygienists' Society‘s Student Night on Feb. 18, Schweers was awarded the 2010 B.J. Long Memorial Scholarship from the Texas Dental Hygienists' Association in the amount of $500. The scholarship is given to a dental hygiene student who demonstrates leadership qualities and contributes time and effort toward projects that foster the goal of dental hygiene.

A week later Schweers learned that he is the first recipient of the Dental Hygiene Senior Class Scholarship for 2010. He received $350.

The new scholarship, the brainchild of Lynn Shaffer '09 and initiated by the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene Class of 2009, is awarded to the senior dental hygiene student who has shown true leadership capabilities, past academic achievement, financial need, and who has served the community. Shaffer, along with her fellow classmates, envisioned the scholarship as a way to ‘pay it forward' for future students. The award given to Schweers is the fulfillment of that vision.

While a student at HSC-BCD, Schweers has honed his leadership skills. He serves as class vice president and is a member of the student council. He is a peer tutor and a member of the Student Assessment Advisory Committee.

Serving others is a passion for Schweers. During summer 2009 he participated in the Mayor's Back to School Fair at Dallas' Fair Park. Most recently he volunteered in the "Give Kids a Smile" program. Working with HSC-BCD alumni and dental care providers in the North Texas area, the program offered desperately needed dental care to patients who are unable to afford it otherwise.

"It was humbling to work with such grateful patients who have dental needs but who are lacking in access, as well as having the opportunity to work and learn alongside caring dental professionals who offer their time, effort and funding towards the program," says Schweers.

Schweers supports himself financially, while perfecting his people skills, as a bartender at a local grille and pub. "The job has given me great experience in many different aspects like people relations and priority management," he says.

The Dental Hygiene Senior Class Scholarship fund is open to donations from past, present or future dental hygiene students and anyone else who would like to contribute. Contact the HSC-BCD Office of Communications & Institutional Advancement at (214) 828-8214 or smitchelljackson@bcd.tamhsc.edu for more information.