Ohio State Dental Journal

One Scholarship, Two Different Approaches

The Hummel Family Dental Hygiene Scholarship Provides Students with Options

Carli Kahny
Carli Kahny

As they prepare to graduate in May, Carli Kahny and Taylor Kuenzli, classmates in the Dental Hygiene Class of 2019, credit the Hummel Scholarship with helping them achieve their dreams. The two women, along with classmate Brittini Heminger, were the first recipients of the college’s newest dental hygiene scholarship.

Named for donors Dr. Robert Hummel and his wife, dental hygiene alumnus Carole Hummel, ’58, the Hummel Scholarship, given through the Hummel Family Foundation, provides support to students who demonstrate leadership skills, financial need, contributions to society, and who are the first generation of their family to attend college.

“Receiving the Hummel Scholarship meant so much to me,” Ms. Kahny said. “It allowed me to focus solely on the program without having to worry about financing school and dealing with all of the extra costs involved in licensing.”

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Kahny has been interested in the dental field since she was a child and was drawn to Ohio State because of the collaboration between hygiene and dental students. “For the first time in my life, I didn’t have to work while being in school—something that has surely resulted in a higher level of success in the classroom,” she said.

Taylor Kuenzli grew up in Mount Blanchard, a small town in Northeast Ohio with a population of less than 500. She decided to become a dental hygienist because she wanted to work in a field that allowed her to help and interact with others.

Taylor Kuenzli
Taylor Kuenzli

Unlike her classmate, Ms. Kuenzli decided to continue working after she received the Hummel Scholarship. Nevertheless, the funds from the scholarship eased her financial strain and allowed her to better enjoy her time at school. “I have especially enjoyed meeting the patients,” Ms. Kuenzli said. “The clinic brings you in contact with a very diverse population.”

Both women share an appreciation for the opportunities their scholarship provided. They also share an excitement for their futures as dental hygienists.

“I firmly believe I wouldn’t have this opportunity if I didn’t have the financial support of this scholarship,” Ms. Kahny said. “In the end, the only thing I ever wanted was to accomplish my dream of becoming a dental hygienist, and this scholarship has certainly given me that.”