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Dr. Debra Peterson’s commitment to community volunteering helped single her out to the DTA Foundation Scholarship Committee, which awarded her a scholarship in 2015. Recently we caught up with her to find out where she is now in her career and what the future holds for her.

What are your three biggest takeaways from dental school as you move forward with your career?

Dr. Brian Lehigh was a student at the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2015 when he received a DTA Foundation scholarship for students who showed a dedication to community service. Recently we caught up with the West Los Angeles VA periodontal resident to find out what he’s up to now.

What are your three biggest takeaways from dental school as you move forward with your career?

As a student at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Joseph DePalo was committed to volunteering to help his community—a dedication that helped earn him a 2015 DTA Foundation scholarship. Today, as a resident in pediatric dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University, he remains committed to helping his community. Recently we caught up with him to find out how his life has changed since he received the scholarship.

What are your three biggest takeaways from dental school as you move forward with your career?

Paul Hinsch is vice president of merchandise marketing at Henry Schein and chair of the DTA Foundation board. He appreciated the value of the DTA Foundation mission from the very start, having joined the Foundation in 2009. But as he tells it, “I didn’t make a deeper emotional connection until I started meeting our outstanding grant and scholarship recipients.”

“When we've taught a dental lesson, many of the students haven’t owned a toothbrush,” says Karen Pesce Buckenheimer, executive director of MORE Health, an almost 30-year-old organization with the goal of addressing health education in three counties in and around Tampa, Florida. “We hand them out and kids say, ‘I’m so excited to have my first toothbrush,’ or ‘I can’t wait to share this with my family.’”

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By DTA Foundation Executive Director Laura Fleming Doyle

 

We want to join in with our 2018 dental scholarship recipients to thank the nearly 60 companies and individuals who donated to the 2018 Fund-A-Future Paddle Raiser event. Thanks to you, we raised $133,400, a record breaking amount of money for 34 scholarships.

 

DTA Foundation scholarship recipient Maria Dreeszen will be graduating from the Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2019. Recently, we caught up with her and chatted about volunteer work and the DTA Foundation scholarship.

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.

DTA Foundation scholarship recipient Alex Rauchle will be graduating from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2019. Recently, we caught up with her to chat about her volunteer work and the DTA Foundation scholarship.

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