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Hinman Announces the 2019 #MyHinman Scholarship Winners
Posted: 5/20/2019

We recently announced the winners of our 2019 #MyHinman Campaign, which awarded scholarships to students at three southeastern schools.


The winners include:

·       1st Place $1,500: Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA) -- Chattanooga State Community College

·       2nd Place $1,000: Shelby Folger -- Aiken Technical College Dental Assisting Program

·       3rd Place $500: Kiesha Jones -- Augusta Technical College Department of Dental Assisting


“I am proud to say that over the past 18 years, the Hinman Dental Meeting has contributed millions of dollars to students and dental education programs throughout the country,” said Dr. Jonathan Dubin, General Chair for Hinman 2019. “The #MyHinman campaign is a fun way to get our attendees and exhibitors involved in this giving effort.”


The campaign, which kicked off in September 2018 and wrapped up at Hinman 2019, asked participants to post the official hashtag, #MyHinman, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to help raise money for scholarships and be entered into a monthly drawing for $100 cash. Hinman and its official housing company, EventSphere, donated to the scholarship bank each time a post was shared on social media with the #MyHinman hashtag. 


Individuals were encouraged to vote for which schools should receive the “My Hinman” scholarships and the top three schools receiving the most votes were named 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The schools then named a deserving recipient.


We caught up with the #MyHinman scholarship winners to find out more about their plans for the scholarship and what they have been up to since Hinman.

Q: How did you feel when you learned you were voted a #MyHinman scholarship winner?


Shelby: I was super excited and thankful when I found out about winning 2nd place for the (#MyHinman) scholarship. I had a lot of help from others with voting.


Kiesha: I honestly was shocked. There are a lot of amazing people in my class who deserve this award just as I do. But, for me to be chosen made me realize that all my hard work and dedication is paying off.


SADHA (Instructor Mellissa Boyd): The class as a whole was ecstatic to learn the news of being named the 1st place winner. I was thrilled for the class and literally was jumping for joy with them.


Q: Do you have any special plans for how to use the scholarship funds?


Shelby: The funds will be divided between my classmates. My portion will be used for food and gas during my summer dental office experience.


Kiesha: I plan on buying the books I need for this semester and some new school supplies.


SADHA (Instructor Mellissa Boyd): The money will be used to offset some of the class’ financial burden for their clinical boards plus fund scholarships for current dental hygiene program students.


Q: What are your plans after graduation?


Shelby: I plan on working as a chairside dental assistant in a general office or a specialty office. I am currently getting ready for my summer dental office experience where I will be rotating in three different offices.


Kiesha: My plan after graduation is to take the CDA so that I will have a better chance at finding a job. My hopes are to find a nice workplace through our rotation to call “home.” 


The #MyHinman campaign is returning for Hinman 2020, March 19-21. Click here for details.

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