Every year I try to give one full scholarship to a deserving student who simply cannot afford my dental assisting class. I require each candidate to write a short essay explaining why they want to become a dental assistant and why they believe they would be a good and deserving candidate.
Earlier this month I received an application from a seventeen year old girl named Amber.
Amber explained in her essay that she dropped out of school at the age of fifteen to start working for minimum wage at a fast food restaurant. At night, she studied for her GED.
Amber was forced to make the unbelievably difficult decision to drop out of school at this young age because her mother had been unemployed for years and her father was in prison. To make matters worse, both of her sisters have special needs and require full time care.
For the sake of privacy, we keep the scholarship recipients completely confidential to the other students.
At the beginning of every new session, we go around the room and ask each student to tell the class a little bit about themselves. When it was Amber’s turn she got up and said, “My name is Amber and for fun I spend time with my sisters, one has cerebral palsy and one has muscular dystrophy – neither one can walk. I want to be a dental assistant so that I can help my family have a better life.”
What a special young lady.
I’m privileged to have the opportunity to help teach her a skill that can literally change her life.
All the Best,
P.S. If you’d like to speak to me or have any questions about what we have to offer, please email or call Siony (pronounced Shawnee), our curriculum coordinator at 928-830-4557. She can answer any questions you may have or schedule a phone conference with me.