CENTREVILLE — The Soistman Family Dentistry Scholarship Fund was established by Dr. Jonathan T. Soistman of Soistman Family Dentistry and Associates in 2017. This is the fourth year Soistman Family Dentistry has been able to award these scholarships to outstanding students. The scholarships are awarded to seniors of the graduating class from Kent Island High School, Queen Anne's County High School and Easton High School. The total scholarship fund is $4,500 split between the three schools.
This year five outstanding students were carefully selected and awarded these scholarships. All five students demonstrated determination, hard work, and a passion to succeed and achieve a goal for their future, Soistman Family Dentistry said in a news release. These students have gone above and beyond the minimum requirements for high school. All scholars participated in extracurriculars, pushed themselves to study AP and Honors courses, and were all extremely involved in volunteering to help their community and give back.
Not only do all of the students selected have a goal to attend and complete college but they each have a vision for their life after graduating. The scholars don’t just want to acquire a degree but want to use their degree to make an impact.
The scholarships winners include:
Benton Greenwood of Queen Anne’s County High School will be attending Purdue University in the fall plans to double major in Business Management and Marketing. Benton has served as the historian of the National Honor Society, secretary of the Future Business Leaders of America, and the treasurer of the Class of 2020. He is also a member of 4-H and National Wild Turkey Federation. After graduation he hopes to work his way up to start his own company and ensure all people are able to afford and access quality products.
Autumn Conley of Queen Anne's County High School will be attending Shepherd University studying Environmental Studies. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Art Club, and Grace Fellowship Church Youth group, and she volunteers at Happy Crates in her free time. After graduation Autumn plans to obtain her master's degree and would like to focus her work on environmental problem solving related to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Grace Riggs of Kent Island High School will be attending Winthrop University majoring in Interior Design and minoring in Business. Grace is a member of the SAT club which she initiated and founded, and she also volunteers at the Wye Bible Church. Upon graduating Grace would like to begin her career in interior design working for a firm in New York City and eventually run her own successful business.
Jia Yin Zheng of Kent Island High School will be attending Towson University in the fall majoring in Accounting and Finance. Jia is a member of the National Honor Society and National English and Math Honor Society. She volunteers her time at Our Daily Thread Thrift Store and the Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County. After graduating she hopes to run a successful nonprofit organization benefiting those living in third world countries that do not have access to clean water.
Isabella Plugge of Easton High School will be attending Chesapeake Community College on the Nursing track to become a RN. Isabella is a member and officer of the FFA and volunteers her time at the Talbot Hospice House. After graduating she would like to pursue a career as a nurse in the emergency room or maternity ward as a labor and delivery nurse.
Soistman Family Dentistry and Associates has offices in Easton and Centreville.