Dr. Harry Lyons, dean emeritus of the VCU School of Dentistry, established a scholarship in his name in 1988. The award goes to the graduating dental student with the highest GPA.
Graduating dental student
Highest GPA in graduating class
Get to know our scholarship recipients
Click each name to find out what excites our students about becoming dental professionals.
Hometown: Pembroke Pines , Florida
Undergraduate school/degree: University of Florida –Bachelor's in Food Science and Human Nutrition
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Approachable, resilient, hardworking, sympathetic, virtuous- these are a few words I'd use to describe myself. I married my best friend in December 2014 and believe that balance is essential in life. I strive to make time for the people and activities I love while still giving 100% in school.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? Dentistry allows me to challenge myself daily. I love being able to solve new problems and develop new strengths while working on my weaknesses. I love being able to build relationships with patients and impact their lives in any way I can, whether physically or emotionally.
Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia
Undergraduate school/degree: University of Virginia–B.A. Biology
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a rising D3 from Lynchburg, Virginia. I was raised a Hokie fan but attended the University of Virginia. None of my family is in dentistry, or any form of medicine. I love playing almost all sports, while tennis may be my favorite. Currently, I am in the process of obtaining a chocolate lab.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? Dentistry is something that has interested me since I was a child. When we did a career planning activity in middle school, I chose to be an orthodontist, and I was serious about it. I love dealing with people and making people smile. The ability to relieve patients of discomfort is very rewarding.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergraduate school/degree: Georgia Institute of Technology–Industrial Engineering
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I have been married for 3 years, and we had our first child, a baby boy, in January 2015. We enjoy taking our 2 dogs hiking and camping around VA. I swam for Georgia Tech and have continued swimming and coaching since then. I enjoy gardening and home improvement projects on the weekend.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? I was drawn to dentistry because I saw an opportunity to have a dramatic impact on peoples' lives. We reconstruct our patients' smiles. More importantly, we need to focus on education, so they can maintain their natural dentition. I enjoy clinic time because I can tell I'm making a difference.
Virginia Tech, BS Biology
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am currently married and my favorite hobby is tinkering with computers.
Why are you passionate about dentistry?
I love using my hands to create beautiful smiles. The art and science of dentistry is what keeps me motivated. Time flies when I'm working on a prep or restoration.