Cornelius Martin ’18 receives Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation Dental Student Scholarship

Cornelius Devante Martin, a fourth-year student at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, has received a 2018 Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation Dental Student Scholarship.

Mr. Martin grew up in Jacksonville, N.C., and is a graduate of Northside High School. He earned a bachelor of science in biology from Appalachian State University in 2015.

Cornelius Devante Martin ’19

Cornelius Devante Martin ’19

While preparing for a career in dentistry at ECU, Mr. Martin has been active with Special Olympics Special Smiles, a program to help special needs athletes receive oral health care. He also serves as coordinator of the American Dental Political Action Committee for the American Student Dental Association, and he is active in the Student National Dental Association and the Student Chapter of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

“I am very appreciative to receive the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation scholarship,” said Martin. “It is an honor to have even been considered by our faculty. Receiving this scholarship is truly a blessing.”

“Our faculty selected Mr. Martin to receive the PFA Foundation scholarship in recognition of his strong academic achievements, his demonstrated leadership skills and his outstanding potential for making unique contributions to dentistry, to his community and to the lives of the patients he treats,” said Dr. Margaret Wilson, vice dean of the dental school.

Martin plans to become a pediatric dentist and focus on treating North Carolinians with mental and physical disabilities.

In the coming year, Martin and his classmates will gain hands-on clinical experience treating patients during 3 nine-week rotations at the school’s community service learning centers in rural areas across North Carolina.

Pierre Fauchard Academy
The Pierre Fauchard Academy is a global organization focusing on professionalism, integrity, and ethics for the advancement of dentistry worldwide. Its 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 recommended by members of the dental faculty. Read more about the organization at