Flax Dental has named Anastassia Stoenelova as the winner of this year’s $1,000 Knowledge Matters Flax Dental Scholarship to help her get a two-year degree as a dental hygienist from Georgia State University.

“I chose to pursue a career path as a dental hygienist because I like to help people realize how important dental care is,” she said. “I came to the United States from my home country of Bulgaria, where there is no focus on oral health and prevention. As a bilingual, I will be able to see some patients from my country that don’t speak English and educate them about dental care.”

Flax Dental, an Atlanta-based cosmetic and restorative dental practice led by Jewish community member Hugh Flax, awards a scholarship each year to a local student in a dental assistant program or dental hygiene program at a Georgia school. Last year’s winner was Georgia State student Autumn Dipietro.

Scholarship applicants are selected based on academic record and an essay.

“At Flax Dental, we believe that knowledge matters when it comes to dentistry. It takes extensive knowledge and skill to provide patients with the highest standard of dental care,” Hugh Flax said. “We want the next generation of dental professionals to be able to not only share in that knowledge, but also build upon it to take the dental profession even further in the future.”