Raleigh native, ECU dental student, receives scholarship from the National Dental Association
Greenville, N.C. (December 10, 2019)—Tia Robinson, a first-year student at the ECU School of Dental Medicine has received a $1,000 Pre-Doctoral Scholarship for Dental Students from the National Dental Association Foundation. The scholarship is intended to help defray the cost of dental school.
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Ms. Robinson graduated from Clemson University in 2019 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and a minor in business. At Clemson, she was an accomplished athlete, serving as captain of the track and field team. She also served as president of the Undergraduate Student National Dental Association.
Along with her studies at ECU, Ms. Robinson is active in the Student National Dental Association, American Student Dental Association, and the American Dental Education Association.
Ms. Robinson said, “The scholarship from the National Dental Association Foundation is a vote of confidence that I might become a leader in my community and will be able to make a change within an underserved community through dentistry.”
“Given her accomplishments as a Division I scholar-athlete and her commitment to ensuring that all members of her community have access to oral care, Ms. Robinson’s personal mission aligns elegantly with the mission of the ECU School of Dental Medicine,” says Dr. Margaret Wilson, vice dean of the dental school.
Ms. Robinson’s long-term plans include serving as a general dentist in an underserved area of North Carolina. During her fourth year of dental school, she and her classmates will have the unique experience of gaining 27 weeks of hands-on experience treating patients at the school’s eight community service learning centers across the state of North Carolina.