Our mission is to honor the short, yet impactful life of Nikki Abbott. This scholarship is meant to celebrate her life, her legacy and instill unto others to “Live like Nikki” by supporting an individual pursuing a career as a Dental Hygienist.

Nikki started as a dental assistant with us at Grazina Orthodontics, now Facing The Future Orthodontics, and discovered her passion and commitment to dentistry and helping others. She wanted to further her education in this area and chose to pursue a degree in Dental Hygiene. Nikki was accepted into a Dental Hygiene program shortly before receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer, more specifically, Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.

Nikki fought this disease for 2 years with courage and fearlessness. “Being the Buffalo” or facing things head-on with courage and commitment, is one of the core values in our practice. Nikki exemplified this throughout her fight and inspired others along the way. Many would describe her as fearless, strong, hardworking, selfless, and loyal. We want to make sure to continue the lasting impact Nikki had on the lives of countless people for future generations to come.


We will be awarding two high school seniors; 1 on the North Fork, 1 on the South Fork of Long Island, New York, with a $500 scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist with the costs of his or her education beyond high school.

  • The student has a passion for Dental Hygiene and is accepted into a Dental Hygiene program (acceptance letter must be submitted)
  • Good academic standing
  • Good moral character
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • One of the following essays:
  • 500-word essay describing why entering the healthcare field is important to you.
  • OR
  • 500-word essay describing why it’s important to choose a job you love. (One of Nikki’s favorite quotes was “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius)

Please submit all applications by 5/1/23. Feel free to call 631.727.2655 or email with questions.

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