Two local graduates were selected to receive the 2020 Alva S. Appleby Scholarship from the Maine Dental Association Charitable Foundation.

Emily Leach, a graduate of Medomak Valley High School who attends the University of New England, College of Dental Medicine, and Natasha Seavey, a graduate of Rockland District High School who attends University of New England, were two of 21 students selected for the scholarship.

Each of the students was awarded $2,500. To be considered for the annual Appleby Scholarship, a student must be a resident of the state of Maine, have completed their first year of dental school, and be currently enrolled in a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association.

The MDA Charitable Foundation also provided $50,000 earlier in 2020 to the MDA to purchase personal protective equipment for dental offices in the state.

Leach is the daughter of John and Patricia Leach of Warren and Seavey is the daughter of Kevin and Eleanor Reed of Rockland.

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