For the first time ever, Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry has awarded scholarships to dental assistant students. The Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry Dental Assistant Scholarship was created specifically to support the training of dental assistants.
In an effort to promote the specialty of pediatric dentistry to the best dental assisting candidates in our region, Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry reached out to two community colleges with highly successful dental education and clinical experiences for their students. We approached these institutions with a plan to provide a scholarship to the most exceptional student in their class, who had an interest in pediatric dentistry; and to provide them with a clinical rotation in pediatric dentistry while they are still enrolled.
Candidates were nominated on a merit basis by the faculty, and invited to complete a personal history. Candidates were also asked to write an essay explaining why they would like to receive this scholarship and what led them to their interest in pediatric dentistry. Two students were chosen as finalists from each school and each finalist participated in a virtual interview to meet them, learn their history and explore their professional aspirations.
Originally, the plan was to award two $4,000 scholarships to a student from each school; however, both students from Central Piedmont Community College were so outstanding, their stories so compelling and their differences so slight, I offered a $2,500 scholarship to the “runner up.” For this reason, there are three scholarship winners for this inaugural year.
As I stated above, there is an obligation for each student to do one of their clinical rotations in our office but there is NO obligation for scholarship recipients to work for Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry if they prefer another path. Our goal is to best demonstrate that if they want a career in pediatric dentistry, Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry is where they need to be. I feel confident that at least one student will make that choice to work with us as a dental assistant.
More About the Scholarship Recipients
I had the pleasure of getting to know each of the scholarship winners, and I’d love for you to get to know them too. Learn more about each of the three Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry Dental Assistant Scholarship recipients.
Angie Milena Barreto Sanchez
“My name is Angie Milena Barreto Sanchez and I am from Bogota, Colombia. I am currently living in The United States with my handsome husband, who was born and raised in North Carolina.
I came to The United States three years ago when I was just 21 years old. When I came here, it was my first time traveling in an airplane and my first time traveling abroad.
My dad, stepmom, and four sisters live all in Colombia. I am the only one from my family living abroad. I came here working as an Au Pair, and I lived with two wonderful families while taking care of their lovely children. I wanted to come to The United States because I wanted to improve my English and learn new things from a new culture.
Before I became an Au Pair, in my country, I worked as an English teacher in a primary school for one year. Most of my life I have been working with children, and I absolutely love it. I am currently studying to become a Dental Assistant at Central Piedmont Community College. Taking classes in my second language has been challenging but rewarding. I hope to be able to become the best Dental Assistant, and to help everyone to be able to smile again!!”
“My name is Kaila Moss and I am currently a Dental Assisting student at Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Apart from school, I work at a local neighborhood bar and grill, going on 5 years.
When I’m not at work or school, you can find me in the mountains. I have a passion for hiking and skiing! I desire to seek the dentistry field because this profession gives me an opportunity to serve and build a strong relationship with my community. It is my goal to encourage and educate people about the importance of our dental hygiene. Something fun and quirky about me is as a child, I used to hide and keep my teeth from the tooth fairy!! You may laugh but I’m serious. I didn’t know it at the time, but this is my calling.”
“Hello! My name is Melissa Fuentes and I am a Dental Assistant student at Central Piedmont Community College. I am sincerely honored to be accepting the Dr. Moore scholarship.
This opportunity has given me the strength to continue my education to further cultivate the skills needed for me to give back to the youth for many years to come, as well as show that with dedication and consistency anything is possible.
This was once a dream for my hispanic family to have their child go to school without financial worry and now it has become a reality, so I thank Dr. Moore once again for his generosity.”
Please join me in congratulating these hard-working students on their achievements thus far and wish them the best on their future endeavours in the dentistry field. The Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry team is looking forward to seeing them at the office during their clinical rotations.
Dr. David H Moore, DDS