Pegah Khosravi-Kamrani, DDS Candidate 2021, is one of four second-year dental students nationally selected for an American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation Dental Student Scholarship. The other recipients are Jeffery Coon, University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine; Allyn LaCombe, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry; and Dylan Salem, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.
Each $20,000 scholarship is designed to recognize a dental student with strong academics and who demonstrates outstanding promise in leadership, public service, and research. Kamrani said the scholarship will help her stay focused on her short and long-term academic, service and career goals, which align with the ADA Foundation’s values and holistic approach to advancing oral health, expanding access to care and driving research.
“Being a recipient of this scholarship has impacted me both personally and professionally as I now feel incredibly supported by the ADA Foundation in all aspects of my dental school experience, from my upcoming research project to my community service work,” said Kamrani. “I hope that as I develop my career, I’ll be able to offer this same kind of inspiration to others as well, as together we work to promote oral health and expand access to care on a global scale. It is a privilege to receive the ADA Foundation’s support as we strive for a brighter future, where more kids are smiling together.”
Vice Dean for Education Ed Swift, DMD, noted Kamrani’s participation in volunteering and service at the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry and her leadership in student organizations.
“In addition to her array of volunteer activities, Pegah has been the principal leader in two different organizations. She was president of the pre-dental club at Columbia and is the current president of the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association here at UNC,” said Swift. “The latter is particularly noteworthy because it is unusual for a second-year student to hold this position. She has demonstrated excellent leadership in the dental school environment and is certain to become a leader in the dental profession and in her community.”
The ADA Foundation is dentistry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization and serves as a catalyst for uniting people and organizations to invest in better oral health for all, together. The foundation annually provides grants, scholarships, awards, and facilitated in-kind product donations to programs that are in alignment with the organization’s efforts to advance oral health, expand access to dental care, and drive game-changing research.