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ADA Foundation sends scores of scholarships to students

April 07, 2016

By David Burger


Iowa City, Iowa — To Andrew Richter, winning a Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship from the ADA Foundation is more than just a monetary award.

"It is recognition that provides me with even more motivation to continue to excel in the dental profession," said the 23-year-old student at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Mr. Richter is one of more than 50 dental students being honored by the Foundation with scholarships.

The Foundation's Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship program, including the Underrepresented Minority Dental Student scholarships, the Dr. Robert B. Dewhirst scholarships and the Mr. Robert J. Sullivan scholarships, helps predoctoral dental students defray some of their academic expenses.

The Foundation annually awards about 54 scholarships of up to $2,500 each, amounting to about $135,000 in scholarship funding for deserving dental students.


Mr. Richter


Ms. Rollins
Mr. Richter, ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, is just one example of the commendable students bestowed with scholarships. "Receiving this scholarship is important to me because it makes me feel that my hard work and service so far is being noticed and has an impact on people's lives," the Waterloo, Iowa, native said. "It signifies my academic performance in dental school thus far and that my participation in various extracurricular activities are helping me to become a well-rounded dental student and developing professional."

His goal is to set up a private orthodontic practice.

Another scholarship recipient is Brandi Rollins, a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and student at the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. She earned a $2,500 scholarship in the Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarship program.

"This scholarship is symbolic, as it represents the increasing support being made available to the underrepresented minority population," Ms. Rollins, 24, said. "The importance of this scholarship stems from my family, which overcame the challenges of living in poverty and sought ways to provide me with the necessary tools to be an effective student-servant. I am sincerely appreciative of the Foundation for extending the consideration of financially contributing to my education."

Ms. Rollins wishes to give back. "After all that has been graciously extended to me, it is comforting to know that I have it within my power to serve others with dignity and respect," she said. "For this reason, I desire to practice in an underserved community and to one day work in academia."

The 2015-2016 Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship recipients are:

  • Adela Brodek, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
  • Kevin Brodersen, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry.
  • Lauren Brubaker, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry.
  • Minna Chun, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.
  • Preston Ford, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry
  • Desiree Hsiou, UCLA School of Dentistry.
  • Varun Iyer, The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University.
  • Paul Kim, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.
  • David Krass, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
  • Jamie Kuhn, The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University.
  • Chelsea Kuyath, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.
  • Daniel Lee, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.
  • Yassmin Parsaei, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
  • Habib Rahemtulla, Marquette University School of Dentistry
  • Andrew Richter, University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics.
  • Corey Romero, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry.
  • Lindsey Runyan, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.
  • Alexa Sicher, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
  • Robert Slezak, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.
  • Kendall Tada, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.
  • Samim Taraji, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry.
  • Andrew Tran, University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry.
  • Rachel Vorwaller, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
  • Cailynn West, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.
  • Minas Zoulis, Howard University College of Dentistry.
The 2015-2016 Underrepresented Minority Dental Student scholarship recipients are:

  • Kathleen Aguilar, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.
  • Scott Bueno, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
  • Rachel Chapa, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
  • Marteki Codjoe, University of Alabama School of Dentistry.
  • Jay Dainty, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
  • Roger Francois, Columbia University School of Dental Medicine.
  • Annikka Frostad-Thomas, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
  • Lauren Gerkowicz, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
  • Tiffany Lewis, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
  • Michelle Llinas, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.
  • Guy Martial Njewel Ndega, Columbia University of Dental Medicine.
  • David Paladines-Gaibor, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.
  • Allison Raymond, Howard University College of Dentistry.
  • Tatiana Rocha, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine.
  • Brandi Rollins, Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.
  • Ross Rosenblatt, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
  • Zinnia Sotolongo, University of Florida College of Dentistry.
  • Allyson Taylor, UCLA School of Dentistry.
  • Kendra Thomas, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.
  • Jasmine Thomas, University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.
  • Maya Thompson, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
  • Virgina Velez, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.
  • Mariam Vonderheide, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
  • Ayanna Williams, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.
  • Kevin Wilson, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.
The Foundation also awarded a Dr. Robert E. Dewhirst Scholarship to the following student. The Dewhirst Scholarship is  awarded to students at the UCLA School of Dentistry and/or the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California.

  • Elisabeth Perez, UCLA School of Dentistry.
The Foundation also awarded  Robert J. Sullivan Scholarships to the following students:
 
  • Graydon Carr-Ramos, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
  • Sean Lee, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine.
Each scholarship is $2,500. To be eligible for the scholarship program, students must be enrolled full-time in their second year of study at an accredited dental school while maintaining a minimum 3.25 grade point average. The Foundation accepts one application per school for the Dental Student Scholarships and up to five applications per school for the Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships. The application period for the 2016-2017 Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship Program will open Sept. 2.

For more information on these scholarships and other ADA Foundation grants, scholarships, and awards, go to ADAFoundation.org.