Holmes Community College pre-dentistry major Jonathan Chase Langford of Ethel was recently selected as a recipient of the Mississippi Rural Dental Scholarship Program. This is a scholarship program that admits students to dental school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and compensates for expenses once the student completes their bachelor’s degree. The scholarship is provided by the state legislature and selects students at the end of their sophomore year who desire to pursue dentistry in rural areas of Mississippi.
The son of Nancy and Jeff Langford, he is a 2023 Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Holmes for the Goodman Campus, an Ambassador, Holmes Plus member and Get2College Corps member. Langford is also president of the Kappa Alpha chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and was named a 2023 Order of the Golden Key recipient. Upon graduation from Holmes, he plans to transfer to Mississippi State University to begin in the fall of 2023.
“Humble, hard-working and honest are all attributes that come to mind for Chase Langford,” said Holmes Recruiting Specialist/Ambassador Sponsor Nikki Boutwell. “Holmes Community College is proud to have him as a student and future alumnus. I, for one, am grateful to have him as a student Ambassador to represent Holmes. Chase is an exceptional student and worker, but also a wonderful young man with the utmost character. His future is bright!”
During the undergraduate portion of the program, Langford will participate in Dental Encounters to gain hands-on experience in dentistry and become familiar with the University Of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry.
“Chase is a wonderful student,” said chemistry instructor Heather Jones. “I have had the privilege of teaching him for the past two years and what a joy he has been. With high academic standards and an excellent work ethic, Chase will excel in undergraduate work as well as dental school. Compassion for people and a willingness to help are just a couple of the characteristics that will make him a great dentist.”
Langford will also receive Dental Admission Test (DAT) prep and other academic enrichment resources, dental mentoring and rural clinical experience. Once he obtains admission into dental school, he will be under consideration for a $35,000 per year scholarship.
“I am incredibly thankful and excited to have been accepted into the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program,” Langford said. “Being involved with this scholarship program will help me reach my goals of becoming a dentist and practicing in a rural area in Mississippi. I am also thankful for the outstanding advisors, staff and faculty at Holmes Community College who have provided me with an abundance of guidance both during my time at Holmes and this application process. Holmes has served as a strong foundation for my educational journey. I am grateful for the countless memories and connections I have made at Holmes, and the abundance of opportunities to become involved in different organizations. There truly is No Place like Holmes!”
For more information on the Mississippi Rural Dental Scholarship Program, visit MississippiRuralDentalScholarshipProgram.