Sarah Spaltenstein, DDS Candidate 2019, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, was a selected recipient of the 2018 Dental Trade Alliance (DTA) Foundation Bob and Abby Savage Scholarship. The DTA scholarships recognize dental students across the country who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service.
“It is an honor to have been chosen for this award. Words cannot describe how happy and proud I am of how the Vidas de Esperanza dental clinic has grown during this past year,” said Spaltenstein. “I am incredibly grateful of the outpouring of support we have received from the dental community, and I look forward to watching the clinic continue to grow and flourish for years to come.”
“Sarah is an excellent student with a strong commitment to community service,” said Vice Dean of Education, Ed Swift, DMD. “She is a truly worthy recipient of this award.”
Each year, the DTA Foundation awards multiple $5,000 scholarships to students across the country, recognizing students with a focus in serving their communities. Students specifically must demonstrate academic excellence in dentistry, financial need and a commitment to community service.
In 2018, DTA Foundation awarded a record 34 scholarships to students across the country.
The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation created a restricted fund with the DTA Foundation with an initial donation of $125,000 to support its efforts to improve dental education in the United States. The donation was made to honor the late Robert Sullivan and his love for the dental industry coupled with his strong connection to dental education.