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Houston Hispanic Dental Association Awards Scholarships

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 9:55am

Houston Hispanic Dental Association scholarships were presented to UTSD dental students Alexandra Aponte, Melissa Uriegas and Faryn Vela. Pictured from left are Cynthia Corral (accepting on Aponte's behalf), Uriegas and Vela.

Houston Hispanic Dental Association scholarships were presented to Alexandra Aponte, Melissa Uriegas and Faryn Vela. Pictured from left are Cynthia Corral (accepting on Aponte's behalf), Uriegas and Vela.

Three dental students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston have been awarded scholarships from the Houston Hispanic Dental Association (HHDA).  Third-year student Faryn Vela and fourth-year students Melissa Uriegas and Alexandra Aponte received the awards at the HHDA Holiday Gala and Silent Auction in the Junior League Ballroom.

The scholarship winners were selected on the basis of their community service, leadership and commitment to improve oral health in Houston’s Hispanic community.

“I’m honored and humbled to have been selected as one of this year’s scholarship recipients,” Vela said. “I’m very happy to be part of the student chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association and can’t thank the organization enough for this generous scholarship.”

UTSD’s Hispanic Student Dental Association is fortunate to have a professional sister chapter in their city and appreciates HHDA’s support for UTSD students, said Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd, clinical assistant professor and faculty advisor to the HSDA.

Several UTSD alumni hold leadership positions in the HDA, including Tyrone Rodriguez, DDS, president-elect of the national organization, and Lisa Trevino, DDS, president-elect of the Houston chapter. Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, attended the gala as an invited guest.