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2 Maui students win scholarship

Two students from Maui pursuing careers in the dental profession have received Hawaii Dental Service Community Scholarships to support their education. The Hawaii Dental Service Foundation awarded:

• Starlyne Abut, a Lahainaluna High School graduate and third-year dental hygiene student at the University of Hawaii Maui College, a $5,000 Hawaii Dental Service Community Scholarship. She is the daughter of Helen and Edwin Abut of Lahaina.

• Layke Yamauchi, a Baldwin High School graduate and second-year student at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, a $10,000 Hawaii Dental Service Community Scholarship. His parents are Lynn and Lance Yamauchi of Wailuku.

Abut and Yamauchi are two of the eight students to receive scholarships this year. The Hawaii Dental Service Foundation awarded three other dental hygiene students and three other dental students with Hawaii Dental Service Community Scholarships totaling $60,000.

“Access to quality oral health care for Hawaii’s families is a priority for the Hawaii Dental Service Foundation,” said Mark Yamakawa, HDS president and CEO. “We’re pleased to provide eight scholarships to local students pursuing a degree in the dental profession. By supporting their education and encouraging students to practice in Hawaii, we are investing in the next generation of dental providers for our state.”

The HDS Foundation has invested nearly $2 million in an endowment fund for the Hawaii Dental Service Community Scholarship program which was established in 2018. The fund is administered by Hawaii Community Foundation.

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