WEST ALLIS, WIS., Sept. 13, 2012 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation is helping lighten the back-to-school financial load of 10 dental and dental hygiene students in the state by awarding them a combined $13,500 in scholarships.
Four state residents, now in their fourth year at Marquette University School of Dentistry, received $2,500 each after demonstrating academic achievement, motivation, character and financial need.
Kevin DeGroot of Little Suamico decided on his dental career after braces worn during his teen years gave him a smile to be proud of. “At the risk of sounding cliché, this experience was life-changing and I wanted to do this for other people,” DeGroot says.
Christina Jahnke of Columbus first became interested in dentistry as a child through her dentist grandfather. “My grandpa lived in the house next door. He was the smartest, friendliest, kindest and most generous person I have ever known. I wanted to be just like him,” said Jahnke.
Linnea Morton of Kenosha decided on a dental career after making a list of things that made her happy. “Dentistry deals directly with two of my favorite things – science and people,” said Morton.
Ashley Sorenson of Reedsburg had her sights set on being an ophthalmologist originally, but changed her mind after exploring the career more carefully. “I realized I loved visiting the dental office for appointments. After a job-shadowing experience in dentistry, I fell in love,” noted Sorenson.
Kyle Everson of Monroe, also in his fourth-year at MUSOD, received the $1,000 WDA Foundation/Alliance Scholarship. Funding for this award was donated by the now-disbanded Women’s Alliance of the WDA. It is given to a married Wisconsin resident in his or her second, third or fourth year of dental school. Everson sees dentistry as a way to combine his interests in health care and business.
Five students enrolled in Wisconsin technical college dental hygiene programs received $500 each. Hygiene scholarship recipients must be state residents with academic achievement and financial need. The schools, their scholarship recipients and students’ cities of residence include:
- Chippewa Valley Technical College – Randi Johnson of Eau Claire
- Fox Valley Technical College – Tracy Johnson of Menasha
- Northcentral Technical College – Chelsea Zak of Stetsonville
- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College – Katee Bastianello of Green Bay
- Waukesha County Technical College – Amanda Cobb (city of residence unknown)