Awards, DDS, Students

Hendricks Wins the Old North State Dental Society Scholarship

The UNC School of Dentistry recently awarded the 2011 Old North State Dental Society Scholarship to fourth-year D.D.S. student Heather M. Hendricks.

Hendricks, a self-supported dental student, is finishing up her last year of dental education while applying to orthodontic residency programs so she can become a board-certified orthodontist. Once finished with her education, the Durham native hopes to make contributions not only to her patients but also to the orthodontic and dental communities.

“I feel, if you can do something to help that next generation, that’s important,” said Dr. Robert Selden III, President of Old North State Dental Society. “Sometimes the cost of attending dental school is a barrier for those who qualify, and we want to support UNC’s ability to attract and retain the best students.”

Awarded annually, the Old North State Dental Society scholarship provides financial assistance to a D.D.S. student who performs well in the classroom, displays a financial need and plans to practice in North Carolina after graduation.

“You’re protecting the value of your education, but you’re also helping other students reach their goal of becoming a dentist. And doing that is a way of respecting those who helped you,” said Selden, who currently practices orthodontics in Huntersville.

The Old North State Dental Society was founded in 1948 after separating from the Old North State Medical Society. The organization provides support to minority dental students and practicing dentists across N.C., and is a longtime supporter of the UNC School of Dentistry.