Kurt Bryan ’17 receives Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation Scholarship

Kurt Bryan, a fourth-year student at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, has received a 2016 Pierre Fauchard Foundation Dental Student Scholarship.

Kurt Bryan

Kurt Bryan

The Foundation offers scholarships annually to selected dental schools for presentation to students who have demonstrate high leadership characteristics and above average academic qualifications. Scholarship recipients are selected by the dental faculty.

Bryan initiated and developed a dental merit badge program for Boy Scouts of America this spring and has coordinated Habitat for Humanity service projects for dental students. He was selected to serve as a tutor for other pre-doctoral dental students in basic sciences, anatomical systems, pre-clinical dental courses and labs. He was also selected by the dental faculty to participate in a leadership development program for exceptional student leaders.

Prior to dental school he worked as a quality engineer with General Electric’s Global Nuclear Fuel business, as well as completing GE’s Operations Management Leadership Program.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation. I am fortunate to be at an excellent institution at ECU’s School of Dental Medicine that values scholarship and service. I’d like to thank all of faculty, administration, and my fellow students for their support and passion to serve the dental needs of North Carolina,” Bryan said.

In the coming year, Bryan and his classmates will gain hands-on clinical experience treating patients during 3 eight-week rotations at the school’s community service learning centers in underserved areas across North Carolina. One of Bryan’s rotations will be at the Brunswick County center in Bolivia, N.C.

Bryan, from Winnabow, N.C., earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2007 and completed dental school pre-requisite courses at UNC-Wilmington in 2013.

The Pierre Fauchard Academy is a global organization focusing on professionalism, integrity, and ethics for the advancement of dentistry worldwide. Read more about the organization at http://www.fauchard.org/.