Beatrice Williams, DDS Candidate 2021 at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry, was a selected recipient of the 2020 Dental Trade Alliance (DTA) Foundation/Treloar and Heisel Scholarship recipient. Williams was recognized at the DTA Annual Meeting in November.
“As a child of immigrants, it has always been my hope to pay forward the support and generosity given to me throughout my journey thus far,“ said Williams. “It’s truly an hour to be recognized at the national level for my commitment to service, and its a greater honor to be that agent of change I so desperately needed growing up.”
The DTA scholarships recognize dental students nationwide who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to community service.
“Throughout her time at the Adams School of Dentistry, in addition to being an outstanding student, Beatrice has displayed an outstanding commitment to community service, with a particular focus on underserved populations,” said Vice Dean for Education Ed Swift, DMD.
“She has volunteered her time and efforts globally on a service trip to Malawi, and locally as a volunteer with the SNDA CAARE clinic and as co-founder of the LGBdenT Pride clinic to provide easier access to oral health care services for the LGBTQ community. She is also working on award-winning research on the impact of regular dental care on the quality of life of HIV patients. She is an excellent recipient of this scholarship, and we are incredibly proud of her and all of her accomplishments.”
Each year, the DTA Foundation awards 13 scholarships to students across the country, in recognition of students with a focus on serving their communities, including one $25,000 scholarship, three $10,000 scholarships and nine $5,000 scholarships.
The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation created a restricted fund with the DTA Foundation with an initial 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. Additional generous contributions in the years that followed allowed the DTA Foundation to expand the number of students awarded scholarships each year.