Assemblywoman Barbara Clark
NYUCD has established the New York State Legislative Scholarship,
a four-year, $100,000 scholarship that aims to increase the number
of underrepresented minorities in dentistry. The first New York State
Legislative Scholarship has been named in honor of Assemblywoman Barbara
M. Clark (D) of Queens, who identified and successfully nominated
a highly qualified individual from an underrepresented group who wants
to become a dentist.
The recipient of the first Barbara M. Clark Scholarship is Ms. Rashida
Cheatham, a 2005 graduate of York College/CUNY.
"NYUCD is proud to partner with legislators and other community
and civic leaders in identifying and recruiting people of color to
our learning community," said Dean Alfano. "In return for
their help in building diversity at the College, we are pleased to
extend the honor of naming any scholarship that the student earns
in the name of the sponsoring legislator or other 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 to be able to name additional scholarships for other legislators."