Durham Tech student awarded William L. Rodgers Educational Scholarship

A Durham Technical Community College student was awarded the North Carolina Dental Laboratory Association – William L. Rodgers Educational Scholarship in May.

Krystal Spivey, a student in the Dental Laboratory Technology program at Durham Tech, said the scholarship will allow her to focus on her studies without the financial worries.

“I’ve always been a hard worker and I want to help prepare for my future. This scholarship really helps me financially. I don’t have to worry as much and I can focus on my studies and stay late after class if I need to.”

The NCDLA – William L. Rodgers Educational Scholarship was named in honor of Bill Rodgers who served as the director of the Dental Laboratory Technology program at Durham Tech for more than 26 years. The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising second-year student enrolled in the Dental Laboratory Technology program at Durham Technical Community College.

Spivey has always had an eye on the medical field, she said, and has developed passion for dental lab work since entering the program last year.

“I really like it. It’s interesting and there is always something in this career field that you can learn more about.”

Three Durham Tech students also were recently awarded North Carolina Dental Laboratory Association Excellence Awards.

Those recipients included Emily Holt, Liyu An, and Noah Urlaub. All three were students in the Dental Laboratory Technology program and graduated in May.

Congratulations to Erin Popov, who passed her Certified Dental Technician exam in Complete Dentures this spring! Erin, the clinical coordinator and instructor of Dental Laboratory Technology, also was one of the recipients of the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology Spring Pillar Scholarship.