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TempMee and BrownGirl, RDH, announce scholarship for dental hygiene students

July 28, 2023
The $18,000 scholarship supporting diversity will provide two years of tuition expenses for one student pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree in dental hygiene.

TempMee, an industry leading skill-sharing marketplace app for the dental industry, launched a joint scholarship opportunity in partnership with BrownGirl, RDH, a nonprofit organization dedicated to removing cultural and economic barriers affecting the dental hygiene workforce pipeline. The partnership with TempMee marks the first time BrownGirl, RDH will offer full tuition support to a recipient.

The scholarship, valued at $18,000, will cover tuition expenses for two years for one student pursuing either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Together, the companies aim to offer financial support to deserving students across the US while fostering cultural diversity within the dental hygiene field.

Since its launch, TempMee co-founders Ed Thomas and Cary Gahm have sought to address the critical dental employment shortage. Though the company’s app has been widely perceived as a revolutionary tool to address the crisis, Thomas and Gahm understood the need for deeper support in the development of the employee pipeline.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with BrownGirl, RDH and the launch of this impactful scholarship program. We believe that by investing in the education and success of aspiring dental hygienists, we are contributing to the future of oral health care,” said Thomas.

Recognizing the meaningful work of BrownGirl, RDH to help minority and marginalized communities find success in the dental field, TempMee reached out to Chief Executive Officer Martelle Coke to discuss a potential partnership opportunity. Together, TempMee and BrownGirl, RDH developed a scholarship aimed at increasing the availability of qualified dental hygienists in the marketplace.

“Diversity plays a critical role in shaping the dental industry, and we are committed to fostering inclusivity and providing equal opportunities for all registered dental hygienists,” said Gahm. 

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be based in the US, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need with an income limit of $35,000 per year. Additionally, students must be members of BrownGirl, RDH. The application process requires a written essay, which will be reviewed by the BrownGirl, RDH scholarship committee. Financial need and potential scholarship impact will be considered for each application.

The scholarship will give preference to those pursuing a dental hygiene degree at two-year institutions.

Applications are now open. Learn more about requirements and read further details. 

Source: Based on a press release dated July 18, 2023.