UB Fones students win Delta Dental Foundation Scholarships

The Fones School of Dental Hygiene has awarded 2012-2013 Delta Dental Foundation of New Jersey Scholarships to five students in support of their studies, the University of Bridgeport announced today.

Second-year students Ashley Thompson, Marina Amorim, and Phouphokham (Phou) Sisomboun, and first-year students Aleksandra Borisova and Katie Burleigh, each received $1,000.

Funded by the Delta Dental Foundation of New Jersey, the Delta Dental Scholarships are awarded to students who have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need. Candidates were considered after submitting a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or employer and a personal essay, and winners were picked by a panel of faculty from Fones School.

“We appreciate the support of Delta Dental Foundation of New Jersey. They’ve been a strong advocate for the dental hygiene profession and for Fones School of Dental Hygiene in particular,” said Marcia Lorentzen, the interim dean and director of clinical affairs at Fones School. “We feel these candidates reflect the values of the dental hygiene profession and will be good stewards for health care.”

About Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation: Established by Delta Dental of New Jersey in 1986, the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation works to promote and assist educational projects devoted to the enhancement of dental health, research programs designed to increase public awareness of the general benefits of good health, and to improve dental health through the science of dentistry. Each year, the Delta Dental Foundation provides financial support to various organizations throughout New Jersey and Connecticut.

About Fones School of Dental Hygiene: Dr. Alfred Civilion Fones was a practicing dentist from Bridgeport, CT, who recognized the importance of the routine removal of stains and deposits from the teeth. After training his assistant Irene Newman to perform prophylactic procedures on their patients, Fones opened the first dental hygiene school in the world in 1913. The school graduated three classes of women, but was closed by Fones in1916 so he could lecture to dental groups. Many schools were established due to his efforts. In 1949, Fones School of Dental Hygiene was reopened at the University of Bridgeport. In 2013 the profession of dental hygiene will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu