Seneca Ridge Dental, located at 3626 Seneca St. in West Seneca, is now accepting applications from local high school seniors for the second annual JD Cappuccio Memorial Scholarship.

A $1,000 scholarship is offered annually by Dr. David Cappuccio, owner of Seneca Ridge Dental, in honor of his father, Dr. Joseph D. Cappuccio. The late Dr. Cappuccio served as chief resident adviser to Strong Hospital family practice residents and was an advocate of evidence-based medical practice during a time when anecdotal patient care was still mainstream. His contributions to the medical field have had far-reaching influences among healthcare providers across the globe. 

Dr. Joseph Cappuccio was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age seven and overcame a series of health complications throughout his life. The challenges related to diabetes and its associated conditions such as retinopathy, heart and kidney failure, peripheral neuropathy and hypoglycemic attacks were ever-present obstacles. Despite these challenges, Dr. Cappuccio was able to achieve a great deal of success.

“Through this scholarship we remember the life of my father and his ability to excel in spite of his medical challenges,” said Dr. David Cappuccio.

Thmwee Paw, a graduate of Hutchinson Central Technical High School in Buffalo who is now attending Canisius College, was the 2019 winner of the scholarship. Paw overcame great adversity to immigrate to the United States, from Burma, with her mother in 2011.

Information regarding the 2020 scholarship can be found at Applicants will be asked to write a one-page, single-spaced response to the following question: How has an experience with a healthcare provider positively impacted you or a loved one’s life, and how has that experience affected your career aspirations? 

To be eligible for the scholarship, the high school student must reside in Western New York. All scholarship applicants and their families are also entitled to special promotions and savings when they visit Seneca Ridge Dental. The winner will be notified on June 15.

For more information on Seneca Ridge Dental, please call 674-9444, email or visit