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Amir Aryaan

Scholarship Type: 
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Mr. Aryaan’s journey from Iran to the University of Michigan took him through Germany and Canada where he learned new languages, navigated new cultures and discovered a passion for dentistry. His career choice allows him to combine his love for fixing things, a desire to free people from pain, and an opportunity to help those that are less fortunate.

“I have lived in different countries amongst people with different cultures and languages, yet the universal trend between all these countries is the importance of community service and voluntarism,” he said in his application. “It is something that is embedded in all of us as humans, that we are social and need the social interaction with other humans, leading to formation of all the cultures and languages of the world. As it has been beautifully depicted by the Persian poet Sa'adi as early as 13th century, the unity of mankind is an essential part of being a human.”

Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you've no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.

“I think as a future dentist, I have been blessed to have a career that I enjoy, that is prosperous, and influential. However, as with any privilege, there comes responsibility. The way I want to serve my community in the future is similar to now, and in accordance to my blessings.”