Briana Brazile, DDS Candidate 2020 at the UNC-Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, was a selected recipient of the 2019 Dental Trade Alliance (DTA) Foundation/Bob and Abby Savage Scholarship recipient. The DTA scholarships recognize dental students nationwide who have a strong demonstrated commitment to community service.
“Being able to directly apply the didactic teachings and hand skills that I’ve learned at UNC to improve someone’s oral healthcare, is truly amazing,” said Brazile. “Working to increase access to care at SNDA’s CAARE Clinic and HDA’s Vidas de Esperanza Clinic to underserved populations, has been the most rewarding experience during my time here at UNC. It is an honor to be recognized by something that truly seems so innate. I will continue to participate in community outreach throughout the rest of my career.”
“Briana is certainly worthy of this scholarship. She has engaged in extensive community service locally in Durham and Siler City, North Carolina, and internationally in Nicaragua and Malawi,” said Vice Dean for Education Ed Swift, DMD. “Her commitment to community service is beyond excellent; it’s world-class!”
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.
The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation created a restricted fund with the DTA Foundation with a donation 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.