Clayton State dental hygiene student Phoung Nguyen has been named winner of the Emile T. Fisher Scholarship. The $250 scholarship supports deserving students who are passionate about the dental profession to financially support them as they enter their last year of a dental hygiene program.
“Phuong Uyen Nguyen has met many challenges during her dental hygiene education, but has successfully overcome each and has become an outstanding dental hygiene student,” says Dr. Susan Duley, Chair of the Dental Hygiene Department.
Nguyen, a senior, says the scholarship is vital to achieving academic success.
“Education is an invaluable investment to make in yourself because it will contribute significantly to success in life,” Ngyuen says.
The Emile T. Fisher Scholarship is named for the North Carolina native who spent 60 years providing dental services to the indigent at Ben Massell Clinic in Atlanta. Fisher attended Emory University’s dental school after graduating from Wake Forest University in 1948.
Fisher taught at Emory and the Medical College of Georgia (now known as Georgia Regents University). In addition to his charitable work, Fisher has also been an active member of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta for over five decades.
Students who apply for the scholarship must meet a number of requirements including demonstrating financial need, have a minimum college cumulative grade point average of 2.5, Intend to practice in Georgia, preferably in a rural area.
Clayton State's Dental Hygiene Program is one of two programs offering the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree in the state of Georgia. The on-campus dental hygiene clinic serves over 3000 patients annually. Students also provide community service related to oral health education.