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They Give: 2018 DTA Foundation Scholarship Winners Speak Out—Kelly Binding

 

DTA Foundation scholarship recipient Kelly Binding will be graduating from Roseman University College of Dental Medicine in 2019. Recently, we caught up with her to chat about her volunteer work as a dental student and how her scholarship will make a difference in her life.

 

With all you’re already doing, how difficult is it to find the time to volunteer and why do you think it’s important?

I believe that people make time for what they believe is a priority. Despite the rigor and stress of dental school, working with my community has always been important to me, so I find it easy to integrate volunteering into my schedule.

What is your favorite type of volunteer work to do?

I enjoy volunteer work that incorporates education—whether it is tutoring students, mentoring the youth, or in this particular instance instructing new members of our community not only about oral health, but also navigating our healthcare system.
 

What was your reaction when you found out you’d gotten a DTA Foundation scholarship?

I could not believe I was selected for this scholarship! Initially astonished, and filled with excitement, these emotions also were quickly accompanied with a joy that I was fortunate enough to help this particular community. Receiving this scholarship encourages me in a new way to continue my efforts to bridge the gap of oral health care disparities as I progress through my career.

 

How will having the scholarship make a difference to you?

Coming out of a private institution, this scholarship makes a significant impact in my severe debt load and I feel such gratitude for this opportunity. I am highly appreciative of this financial support from the DTA Foundation.

What would you like to say to the donors who make the scholarship possible?

I want to thank the donors from the bottom of my heart for providing the funds for these scholarships. You have not only impacted my life, but various other dental students around the nation. I am extremely honored and grateful for this recognition and want to thank you for your confidence and willingness to support me and my goals in dentistry.

How are you planning to continue your volunteer work after graduation?

After graduation, I will hopefully continue my education at a pediatric residency which will provide ample opportunity to serve my new community! However, my passion to bridge the gap in healthcare will not subside and I am confident I will continue to find new ways to volunteer both locally and internationally.