In 2015, we offered the first-ever Finger Lakes Dental Care academic scholarship to three loyal patients. Contestants were asked to submit an application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and most importantly a video telling us why they should be considered for the scholarship. After evaluating numerous applicants, judges awarded three $1,000 scholarships for contestants to put towards their academic endeavors.
Recognizing that the costs for higher education keeps rising, we feel this scholarship is an easy way to give back to the community that has welcomed us with open arms. We feel so blessed to be a part of this community, and it just seems like the right thing to do. Plus, I hope that this money can play a small part in growing future leaders in our community.
The criteria for the scholarship is pretty simple and straightforward. I don’t want to create an over burdensome application process. Instead, simply answer a few questions, submit academic transcripts, and shoot a short video….that’s it!
How To Apply
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2021 Scholarship Winners
Relative of FLDC team member
Mariah recently graduated from the dental hygiene program at MCC. Through her two years in the program, Mariah was a student member of the American Dental Hygienist Association and over her last academic year held the leadership role as student liaison.
Mariah wishes to pursue a career in dentistry as a registered dental hygienist. Mariah wants to help change the way people feel about going to the dentist and help others feel more confident in their smiles. We are so proud to have her as a member of the Finger Lakes Dental Care family.
Chloe is a senior soon to graduate from Naples Central School and plans on attending Niagara University this fall majoring in hospitality management. Chloe is driven to work hard and help others. She loves developing strong relationships with people and is committed to her volunteer work and service to her community.
Julia is a senior soon to graduate from Canandaigua Academy and plans on attending the University of Tennessee this fall to study law. She is passionate about helping her peers and community and is looking forward to continuing being of service to others as a Tennessee Volunteer.
Active FLDC Patient
Clayton is a senior soon to graduate from Honeoye Central School and plans on attending Binghamton University for a BA in the field of computer science. He has a passion for helping others and leads by example by serving his community and advocating for fellow students. People that know Clay comment on his outstanding character traits like honesty, integrity, loyalty, and leadership. One of Clayton’s coaches comments, “Clayton is a self-starter who is able to discipline himself on a daily basis…his character and values would rate with the best ever.”
Rachel is a senior soon to graduate from Naples Central School and plans on attending Suny Geneseo for ESL education and Spanish. Rachel’s dream is to travel the world, teaching and helping others. Rachel is no stranger to hard work, juggling multiple jobs, sports, volunteer work and a challenging school curriculum. Those that know Rachel talk about her positive personality, her caring nature, and drive to do and be her best.
Alicia is Naples Central School’s class of 2021 Valedictorian. She has a strong, natural leadership style and goes out of her way to make sure everyone feels accepted, included and important. Alicia plans on attending Clemson University in SC as a business major and hopes to find an internship to further her studies in the business field. Alicia’s goal in life is to pursue her passions in athletics and serving her community.
2019 Scholarship Winners
Sarah Ducar is an above-average student who consistently maintains her status as a distinguished scholar/high honor roll student at Canandaigua Academy.
Sarah considers herself a natural leader and is interested in the well-being of others. As an active participant in Link Crew, she helps freshmen get acclimated to high school. She enjoys interacting with young children and has participated in several internship opportunities at her school where she was able to volunteer her time teaching young children.
Sarah wishes to teach kids full time and will begin her college education at FLCC in a year and then plans to transfer to a SUNY college where she sees herself pursuing a degree in education; majoring in childhood education.
Sara Van Aken
Sara is a senior at Red Jacket High School in Shortsville, NY. This fall, she plans on attending the University of Mississippi to further her education in becoming an athletic trainer.
Building a happier society means a lot to Sara. She is an active volunteer in her community; giving her time by assistant coaching at basketball camps, Hoops for Hope tournaments, the unified basketball program at Red Jacket High School and the Special Olympics.
Christy has a strong record of academic success. She recently completed her junior year at Keuka College; majoring in occupational therapy.
Christy has a genuine interest in helping others and has generously volunteered her time both in high school and college to organizations such as sports camps, student committees, Camp Good Days, Ashton Place Assisted Senior Living, Korpiel Physical Therapy, Geneva General Rehabilitation Center and Midlakes Primary School.
Christy is planning on traveling to the Dominican Republic to complete a service internship. She plans to actively engage in the service of others by volunteering her time cleaning, checking vitals and teaching the Dominican people English. She wishes to learn as much as she can while she is there; building on her skills and learning what it takes to be a traveling OT so that she can pursue her professional goals.
Lindsey is a senior at Naples High School. This fall, she will be attending Niagara University as a nursing major; largely inspired by her mother who has been a nurse for almost thirty years.
Lindsey has been a straight A, high honor roll student and was inducted into the National Honor Society. Helping others is second nature to Lindsey. She really loves helping people and is no stranger to community service. She has actively volunteered hundreds of hours of her time to an arrangement of causes such as Operation Santa which raises approximately $15,000 each year to provide Christmas for the less fortunate families in her community. In addition to being a tutor for young children and volunteering her time and skills as a lifeguard, Lindsey has given her time to blood drives, senior citizen dances and community Christmas carols.
2018 Scholarship Winners
Mathew is a math teacher at Bloomfield High School, and is currently enrolled in an education leadership program at St. John Fisher. Mathew is seeking to attain his second master’s degree, as he strives for a role as an instructional leader. Ultimately, he would like to become a principal, whereby he can impact far more students in their academic and character development.
Danielle is entering her senior year at St. John Fisher College, where she is majoring in marketing. Danielle is involved with many clubs on campuses. In particular, the Marketing Club holds many benefit events for the local community. Danielle is traveling abroad this summer in hopes of learning about cultures outside the United States.
Julia recently graduated Naples High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. In the fall, Julia will be attending Keuka College to study childhood and special education. Julia developed a passion for this line of work while volunteering at the elementary school with the special education teacher.
2017 Scholarship Winners
Kevin is a senior at Canandaigua Academy, and will begin pursuing an engineering degree at the University of Buffalo this fall. In addition to numerous extra-curricular activities, Kevin strongly believes in giving back to his community. He has participated in a number of FLDC Community Meals.
Grace Van Gorder
Madison is a senior at Penn Yan Academy, and will be attending Canisius College in Buffalo. She plans to major in psychology and minor in neuroscience. She was active in sports until a new injury side-lined her for her junior and senior years. Instead, Madison works several jobs, among them is in an after-school program at the elementary school. Madison’s father is a former U.S. Marine, and feels passionately towards Veterans, which led her to volunteer at the American Legion.
Noah is a senior at Naples High School, and is currently ranked fourth in his class. In the fall, Noah will be attending Hobart College in Geneva, where he plans to major in business and marketing. A member of the varsity soccer team, Noah is also a member of the National Honor Society.
2016 Scholarship Winners
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.
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.
2015 Scholarship Winners
Genevieve graduated from Canandaigua Academy this year. Inspired by her time volunteering at Thompson Hospital, she developed a deep passion for the healthcare field. Starting this fall, she will start her journey to become an RN, and touch people’s lives by helping them during their time of need.
Patricia is a caring, generous, and dependable young woman with a strong sense of family. The resilience of her character is best illustrated in the way she balances multiple jobs while attending classes at Finger Lakes Community College. Her strong passion for the culinary arts motivates her, and she aspires to transfer to a four-year college in pursuit of her dreams.
Andria has been described as reliable, hard-working, motivated and caring. She will go out of her own way to help others, and is selfless with her time. Currently, Andria is attending the University of Vermont where she continues to apply her enthusiasm and dedication for learning. Staying true to her character, Andria always goes above and beyond in everything she does. This is evident in the time she put into her video submission.