Bridge to Dentistry program awarded grant
Dr. Ernestine S. Lacy, director of the office of student development, was awarded a $2.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration in support of the Bridge to Dentistry program at HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry.
Funds from the grant will be provided over three years, depending on availability, and will provide for the full suite of programs encompassed by Bridge to Dentistry.
These programs provide awareness, outreach and education for students to open doors to careers in dentistry that might not otherwise exist. Programs begin as young as pre-kindergarten with Project Dental Awareness and continue through the elementary and secondary age groups, culminating with summer programs for high-school students.
The Pre-College Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program is for high school graduates with a definite interest in dentistry. College students and post-college students can prepare for the Dental Admissions Test and increase their competitiveness for admission to dental school with the Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program for College Students. Lastly, the Post-Baccalaureate Program offers a yearlong program for students with bachelor's degrees. It gives them an opportunity to gain admission into HSC-BCD upon successful completion of the program.
Bridge to Dentistry also includes retention programs to ensure students' success. Peer tutoring is available free of charge for dental and dental hygiene students. Academic counseling is available and provides students with the skills necessary to reach their goals.
Lacy's work with the Bridge to Dentistry programs and student development was recognized further on Jan. 20 during the Health Science's convocation and 10th anniversary celebration. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Education and Mentorship (see story in Awards and Honors).