Ms. Krista McKenzie and Dr. Gerald W. Deas.
NYUCD has awarded a second scholarship in the name of Dr. Gerald
W. Deas, a physician, patient advocate, TV and radio personality,
social activist, and public health crusader. The Gerald W. Deas
Scholarship aims to increase the number of underrepresented young
people pursuing careers in dentistry so that the profession can
be more diverse.
The recipient of the second Gerald W. Deas Scholarship is Ms. Krista
McKenzie, a 2005 graduate of St. John's University, whom Dr. Deas
personally identified and successfully nominated to receive the
In addition to maintaining a solid academic record, Ms. McKenzie,
who will begin her dental studies at NYU in fall 2005, will be required
to spend time doing outreach in underserved communities and mentoring
high school students in underrepresented groups.
For over 40 years, Dr. Deas has been one of New York City's most
respected and dedicated physician-educators and an icon within the
city's African-American community. He has devoted a number
of his TV shows to championing dentistry as an attractive career
option for young people and has sponsored outreach led by minority
NYU dental students to local high schools.