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The Scranton District Dental Society has awarded a scholarship to an "AHEC" student who will be attending dental school in the fall.
Jessica Hatala is the 2015 recipient of the Dr. Bernard Shair Award, a cash gift funded by the SDDS and an endowment fund founded by Bernard's family and administered by the Scranton Area Foundation.
Jessica is third from the left in the black dress.
Jessica will graduate from the University of Scranton in May with a biology degree. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in the fall.
She is the recipient of numerous scholarships from the University of Scranton, including the Betty Redington Scholarship, Monsignor Bilski Scholarship, Loyola Scholarship, Shander Scholarship, Purple Club Scholarship and James F. Swift Scholarship. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta National Health Pre-Professional Honor Society and Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society. She currently works with Dr. Kenneth G. Miller and Dr. Jeffrey Lin at Pinnacle Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery associates as a dental assistant.
Jessica has been involved with the AHEC since completing her senior high school project using the AHEC toolkit "Miles of Smiles" to promote good oral health in children.