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NYU College of Dentistry Establishes New York State Legislative Scholarship

NYU College of Dentistry Establishes New York State Legislative
New York University College of Dentistry has established the New York State Legislative Scholarship, a four-year, $100,000 scholarship that aims to increase the number of under-represented minorities in dentistry. The first New York State Legislative Scholarship has been named in honor of Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D) of Queens, who identified and successfully nominated a highly qualified individual from an under-represented group who wants to become a dentist.

The first recipient of the Barbara M. Clark Scholarship is Ms. Rashida Cheatham, a 2005 graduate of York College/CUNY, who will begin her dental studies at NYU in the fall.

"NYU College of Dentistry is proud to partner with legislators and other community and civic leaders in identifying and recruiting people of color to our learning community," said Dr. Michael C. Alfano, Dean of the NYU College of Dentistry. "In return for their help in building diversity at the College, we are pleased to extend the honor of establishing a scholarship in the name of the sponsoring legislator or other community leader. Assemblywoman Clark has done both NYU and society a great service."

Dean Alfano added, "We are optimistic that other New York State legislators will want to participate in this process. Our expectation is that we will name additional scholarships for other legislators."

To be eligible for the program, in addition to being personally recommended by a legislator or other community leader, the applicant must be accepted to NYU College of Dentistry on the basis of strong academic credentials and financial need. Once accepted, the scholarship recipient must maintain a solid academic record and spend time doing outreach and mentoring high school students in under-represented groups.

For information on the nominating process for the New York State Legislative Scholarship, interested legislators should call Elyse Bloom at 212-998-9910.

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