Madison Hoffman, Harrisonville High School senior, is the recipient of a scholarship from Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF). Hoffman will attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) to study dental hygiene.
CCHF’s mission is to empower the people of Cass County and the surrounding area to improve health. A large portion of their programing focuses on improving oral health. CCHF operates two safety-net dental clinics for low-income children and teens in Belton and Harrisonville. The foundation also organizes school-based dental screenings in Cass County and Grandview schools each year.
“As an organization that is extremely invested in the oral health of our community, we are excited to support a student like Madison,” Cynthia Randazzo, CCHF president, said. “Pursuing a career in dental hygiene is a great indicator that Madison is committed to improving the health of those around her. Oral health plays a large role in overall health and we are grateful that students like Madison are choosing to enter this important field.”
Hoffman stays busy in and outside of school. She’s involved in student council, Key Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, DECA, NHS, 4-H and youth group. She’s also a member of the Harrisonville High School golf team, serves as the manager for the wrestling team and has a part-time job at a local chiropractic office all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She will graduate in the top 5% of her class.
Hoffman was attracted to the UMKC dental hygiene program because it offers a four-year bachelor’s of science degree. She is hopeful the bachelor’s degree will offer career opportunities with the potential of pursuing dentistry in the future.
“I’ve decided to pursue a degree in dental hygiene because of my past experiences when I was a child. From dentist appointments to braces to oral surgery, my interest in dental hygiene has grown over the years,’ Hoffman said “I would also like the opportunity to provide exceptional oral hygiene care and create personal connections with my future patients just like I have experienced in the past."
After receiving her degree, Hoffman’s goal is to work at a practice in the Midwest so she can give back to the community.
“Having healthy teeth is extremely important,” Hoffman said. “A smile has a big impact on how a person and others see themselves. A smile enhances your self-confidence, improves your appearance and can brighten someone’s day.
CCHF has awarded $32,750 in scholarships to students from the Cass County area planning to pursue careers in the health field. View a list here.