WASHINGTON, DC / JUNE 8, 2012 - The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation (DTAF) and the Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation awarded two DTAF/ Sullivan Family Foundation Dentistry Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to Hieu Quang Nguyen, a dental student at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, and Hemali Rajyaguru, a dental student at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.
These scholarships are meant to recognize and provide financial support to 3rd or 4th year dental students who have demonstrated academic excellence in dentistry, financial need and a commitment to community service.
Hieu Quang Nguyen is a dental student at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y. In addition to being a student in good standing, Nguyen shows a strong commitment to community service, including volunteering at the University Pediatric Prevention Project, the UB Smile Team, New York State Special Olympics, Remote Area Medical in Knoxville, Tenn., Catholic Charities and the Thomas Thien Youth Group. He received the S.U.N.Y. Chancellor Award for Student Excellence.
As a part of the Buffalo Outreach and Community Service, he acted as a trip coordinator for an outreach mission to Vietnam as well as helping to raise $2,460 to purchase equipment for dental mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Ghana.
Hemali Rajyaguru is a dental student at the A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Rajyaguru is active in many community service projects including the House of Refuge Community Outreach Program, Central Arizona Shelter Services Dental Clinic, American Association of Women Dentists and Heart of Texas Community Health Center.
“During my second year in dental school, I became acquainted with the House of Refuge Community in Arizona. A group of classmates and I reached out to this community, which aims to provide transitional housing and support for homeless individuals. Relying on my education in public health, I located community partners and funds to hold multiple dental outreach events,” Rajyaguru said.
About the DTAF/ Sullivan Family Foundation Dentistry Scholarships
This scholarship program was made possible as the result of a generous donation to the DTAF from the Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation. Each year the DTAF will select two 3rd or 4th year dental students to receive a $5,000 scholarship to be applied toward tuition and fees. Each U.S. dental school dean may nominate one student from their school. All applications from each dental school must be submitted by the dean’s office.
Criteria for eligibility are determined by the applicant's demonstrated financial need, academic standing, and history of charitable work. Applicants must be entering their 3rd or 4th year of a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
About Dental Trade Alliance Foundation (DTAF)
DTAF’s mission is to improve the access to, and productivity of, the oral healthcare system by identifying, nurturing, and leveraging promising projects. Its vision is to be the premier foundation in oral healthcare, by attracting and supporting innovative initiatives that directly improve access to care for millions of North American s annually. Find out more about DTAF at www.dtafoundation.org.