ArNelle Wright, M.S., a member of the Florida DMD class of 2017, is one of just 10 dental students in the nation to receive a $5,000 scholarship towards tuition and fees from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation (DTAF), whose mission supports students with demonstrated academic excellence, financial need and a proven commitment to community service through charitable work.
Wright’s alter-ego, The Daily Dentist, @thedailydentist on Instagram and @mydailydentist on Twitter, serves as an oral health proponent on social media and at community events. It’s the natural outcome for a woman who lost seven teeth to decay in high school and has been dedicated to helping improve oral health for everyone since. It’s a commitment she plans to continue after graduation.
“I want to take time away from practice and return into schools with my team and do things like the ‘Lessons in a Lunch Box’ program, or return to developing countries for dental/medical missions,” Wright expressed. “I also plan to continue my role as The Daily Dentist, and continue doing workshops at local community centers, churches and other places I’m invited.”
Her commitment to both academics and serving her community helped her stand out in the applicant pool.
Wright, entrepreneur and author of ‘The BLUEPRINT,’ has made the most of her time in the UFCD so far. She’s currently serving her second term as director of regional communications for the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) National Executive Board. Whether its traveling to Guatemala on a dental mission trip, being involved with the Children’s Oral Health Institute or serving as 2015-16 vice president of the University of Florida chapter of SNDA, Wright has made every second count.
In April, she earned the International College of Dentists Florida Constituent Outstanding Student Leadership Award and was awarded the Darryl Hawkins Memorial Scholarship at the 2015 SNDA National Convention.
Dental Trade Alliance Foundation Scholarship
The purpose of the DTA Foundation Scholarship is to provide financial support to a third or fourth year dental student who has demonstrated academic excellence in dentistry, financial need, and a proven commitment to community service through a strong history of charitable work. Each year the DTA Foundation selects 10 dental students to receive a $5,000 scholarship to be applied towards tuition and fees. Each U.S. dental school dean may nominate one student from their school.