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Senior DH scholarship

ShafferWith graduation weeks away, members of the senior dental hygiene class aren’t focused only on their future. They’ve also been thinking about the students who will take their place, and have established the Dental Hygiene Senior Class Scholarship to help those who come after them.

Every student of the 30-member senior class has pledged or contributed seed money to create a new scholarship fund to annually benefit a senior dental hygiene student. The idea was conceived by classmate Lynn Shaffer in October.

“This whole process [of dental hygiene school] has been life-changing for me,” says Shaffer, who returned to school after a career in banking. As graduation became visible on the horizon, “I was thinking ‘I wish I could leave something behind to benefit a future student or class.’”

Shaffer approached Susan Mitchell Jackson, executive director of communications & institutional advancement, to discuss how to implement the idea. They established a fund at the HSC Foundation and created a brochure and donor cards.

Since then, Shaffer has visited with her classmates about helping and has shared the idea with the next class. She hopes future senior classes will adopt funding this scholarship as a tradition.

“When I talked to the president of the junior class, she was very excited about it and wants it to continue,” Shaffer says. “I’ll introduce her to the development staff, who will work with her, and have encouraged her to pass the torch on to the next class.”

“I wanted to begin a tradition of ‘paying it forward’ from one class to another,” she says.

The 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.