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James Marc Younan

Scholarship Type: 
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
A.T. Still University, Arizona school of Dentistry and Oral Health

“Community service is something that I was not too familiar with growing up,” Mr. Younan wrote in his scholarship application. “My first real experience with community service was in high school when I volunteered at a local hospital. Every week, I would go to the hospital and attend to the newborn babies. I was placed in the department where abandoned newborns and drug babies were cared for. It was a life changing experience. From then on, I became hooked on this thing they called community service. I began to volunteer in other departments in the hospital: patient escorts, the ER, and the geriatrics department. Community service allows us to stop thinking strictly about ourselves and to help those who are less fortunate. I don't need to get paid to help clean a park for kids to play in, to feed those who are homeless, and/or to help other people in need. I do it because I love it.”

He plans to get his master’s in public health and help connect the dots between the health care field and the general public.

“With my education, passion, and life experiences, I feel confident in my career choice,” he said. “Dentistry is my field of work and helping others is my life.”