Dental hygiene graduates honor former professor, issue $10,000 challenge for others to contribute

Aug 06, 2015 by

Students know the challenges of paying for schooling, and graduates of the dental hygiene class of 2015 are giving back to help future students. They contributed $1,000 toward the establishment of an endowed scholarship in honor of retiring professor Nancy Stewart and have challenged others to help raise the rest of the required $10,000 for the fund. The announcement was made at a reception honoring Stewart’s retirement from TJC, held May 1.

Stewart graduated from the TJC Dental Hygiene Program in 1974 and spent 25 years working as a dental hygienist. She joined the TJC faculty as a full-time instructor in 1999, became sophomore clinical coordinator in 2001 and received her B.S. degree from UT Tyler in 2004. Her drive to educate others and continue her own education set an example for her students.

“Nancy brought much wisdom to the program from her years in private practice,” said Carrie Hobbs, TJC department chair of dental studies. “Not only did she dedicate herself to providing excellent education to more than 300 dental hygiene students during her tenure, but she also instilled in them a level of professionalism and good character they will carry the rest of their lives.”

Ryanne Killian, 2015 class president, studied under Stewart.

“When our class heard about the scholarship in Mrs. Stewart’s name, there was no question about making a pledge toward it. Being able to make a contribution in her name was an honor. We challenge the community to make a donation to the endowment so Mrs. Stewart’s legacy may live on by helping future students achieve their dreams. I can’t think of a better way to honor her.”

To contribute to the endowed scholarship, contact Mitch Andrews at 903-510-2034 or



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