2017 Spring Pillar Scholarship Awarded by the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology

Posted on June 29, 2017

Today, The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (The Foundation) is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Spring Pillar Scholarship:


Austin Emerick – Cincinnati, OH

Cinthia Coronado Chaires – Goshen, IN

Gail Vanderwall – Metairie, LA

Gwangwon (Andrew) Yun – Anaheim, CA

Jack Garcia, CDT – Apopka, IL

Jacob Werner, CDT, TE – Clemmons, NC

Kimberly Kreischer, RG – Columbia City, IN

Lawrence Frye – River Ridge, LA

Matthew Garcia, CDT – New Braunfels, TX

Miguel Almeida – Miami, FL

Odena Chinchilla Serrano, CDT – San Gabriel, CA

Shanon Torstenbo, RG – Concord, NH

Tod Johnston – San Diego, CA

Tomas Mikonis, CDT – York, PA

Tyler Jones, RG – Winstom Salem, NC


The Pillar Scholarship is designed to allow qualified dental technicians the opportunity to sit for the three examinations that comprise the Certified Dental Technician (CDT) examination process. Scholarship recipients will have their application and testing fees covered for them to take the written comprehensive examination, the written specialty examination, and the hands-on practical examination, one time each. The scholarship amount awarded varies upon the individual’s current certification process, but could potentially reach up to $935.00.

“One of the barriers people in the industry face while considering the CDT certification, are the costs associated with testing. Through the Pillar Scholarship – funded exclusively from the Foundation’s donors – we are able to alleviate that burden and bring individuals closer to achieving their goal, and in result, advance themselves and their profession,” said Foundation Chair, Jeff Stronk. 

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