WDA Foundation awards $13,500 in dental and hygiene scholarships

The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation is helping lighten the higher-education financial load of 10 dental and dental hygiene students in the state by awarding them a combined $13,500 in scholarships.

Four state residents who will enter their fourth year at Marquette University School of Dentistry in the fall will each receive $2,500 on the basis of academic achievement, motivation, character and financial need.

Luisa Campos of Menasha, Wis. wants Hispanics to better understand the importance of oral health. She chose her career after her mother suffered a dental infection and had trouble finding care shortly after the family immigrated to the United States from Mexico. She plans to teach and volunteer with outreach programs.

Ellen Handel of Medford, Wis. decided on a career in dentistry at age 12, because she liked having “squeaky clean teeth”! Her goal is to be a private-practice general dentist in a Wisconsin community.

Elizabeth Minard of Wauwatosa, Wis. became interested in a health career in her early teens while serving as a personal caregiver for her severely disabled cousin. With smokers in her family, Minard says, “I look forward to speaking with patients about smoking cessation and having the potential to change their lives.”

Brock Radich of Neenah, Wis. frequently “tagged along” when his older sister shadowed dentists as part of her dental career strategy. Radich plans to specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practice in “Packerland”. He’ll give back to the profession by mentoring future dentists.

Kristine Schedler of Neenah, Wis. is in her second year at MUSOD and 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. Service is an important part of Schedler’s life and dentistry will enable her to help those facing barriers to care.

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: