In April, we launched our second annual Finger Lakes Dental Care academic scholarship. This scholarship is our way of giving back to the community by helping to off-set the growing rise in higher education costs. We are so blessed to be a part of this wonderful community, and we feel that this small gesture is the least we can do to show our gratitude.
As with last year, the scholarship was open to active patients seeking some form of higher education. We asked that applicants to submit letters of recommendation and transcripts, along with a brief video describing why they would be a good candidate for the scholarship. Well, after reviewing all of the submissions, we had a very hard choice to make. This year we saw an increase in applicants, and the top candidates were very close. They all described their devotion to community service, passion for helping others, and academic success. In fact, there were so many strong candidates, we had a very difficult time in selecting just three. It was so close, I decided to expand the scholarship to FOUR candidates. I am pleased to announce the 2016 FLDC Academic Scholarship winners:
- Emily VanDerEeems
- Markell Reid
- Tyler Boseck
- Aubrey O’Connor
Please join us in congratulating these four great candidates. Below is a brief bio for each candidate and their video contributions.
Emily is a senior at Canandaigua Academy, and is active in many extracurricular activities while maintaining high academic standards. Including cross country, indoor & outdoor track, choir, jazz choir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Honor Society. Additionally, she is a member of the Key Club and WYFY, which are focused on helping others in the community. In the Fall, Emily is scheduled to attend SUNY Geneseo majoring in sports psychology in hopes of helping other athletes.
Markell attends Syracuse University, and this fall she will be a junior majoring in nutrition and minoring in public health. She was inspired to help others while participating in the Flower City Work Camp where she helped rebuild homes in Rochester. Markell is eager to travel across the world to help the undernourished and disadvantaged. Also, she aspires to give back to her local community by using her education in helping others live healthy and vibrant lives.
Tyler is a senior at Canandaigua Academy, and will be attending Duquesne University majoring in pharmacy. While at the Academy, Tyler was very active in sports, musicals, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and other service organizations. It was while participating in these organizations that Tyler refined her enthusiasm to help others. Tyler’s passion for science and biology are the origin for her seeking a degree in pharmacy. Upon graduating, she is weighing options to help others through mission work, or seeking an advanced degree in pediatric pharmacy.
Aubrey is a senior at Marcus Whitman, and plans to attend Keuka College in the fall majoring in occupational therapy. While at Marcus Whitman, Aubrey was a member of the Entrepreneurship Club, Drama Club, Ski Club, track & field, and the National Honor Society. She has given back to her community while volunteering at the ReStore on weekends and helping out at various assisted living homes in the area.