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For Immediate Release
July 31, 2013

Moreno Valley College Students Win Prestigious Scholarships


Moreno Valley College dental hygiene students Katie Silke and Kendra Witowich have been awarded scholarships from the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA). Silke, 26, and Witowich, 24, become the first students from the Moreno Valley College (MVC) Dental Hygiene Program to win ADHA scholarships.

Witowich won the Wilma E. Motley Scholarship and Silke was awarded the Wilma Motley Memorial California Merit Scholarship. Witowich, a second-year student of the MVC Dental Hygiene Program, holds an associate arts degree from Mira Costa College. She is president of the ASMVC Dental Hygiene Club, an active member of the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association and is on the Dean's List at MVC.

"Kendra is committed to giving through the Walk to Stop Diabetes and the March of Dimes Walkathon," said Donna Lesser, associate professor, Dental Hygiene Health, Human & Public Service. "She is a remarkable individual who is always supportive and encouraging to her peers."

Silke recently returned from Boston where she served as one of 24 delegates to the Annual ADHA National Convention.

"There is this unbridled and contagious enthusiasm that Katie has because she is doing what she really loves," Lesser said. "It's hard to have a conversation with her where you don't leave feeling that you have just interacted with someone who is going to make a difference in the world."

Witowich is a graduate of Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls, MT and Silke graduated from Santiago High School in Corona. Witowich received a $1,000 scholarship, while Silke received $2,000 toward her educational goals.