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NAMME scholarship

Charla NewhouseSecond-year dental student Charla Newhouse was named a recipient of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators Scholarship at the group’s annual meeting Sept. 17-21 in Washington, D.C.

Of the eight scholarship recipients, Newhouse was the only dental student.

The scholarship recognizes students who have completed their first year of health professions training, such as pharmacy, medicine, dentistry and other health professions. Students are nominated for the scholarship by a faculty member who also is a member of NAMME. Nominations are based on academic record, community service, financial need and a personal statement.

Newhouse says she emphasized her passion for serving the community in her personal statement.

“Getting the scholarship will help me not only reach my goal of being a dentist, but also will help me help the community,” she says.

Her community participation is already evident in her undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburg. There she volunteered at the Carter Blood Bank and was involved in philanthropy projects with honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi. Newhouse says she spent a significant amount of time volunteering for Family House, a long-term housing facility for families who have a loved one in the hospital.

She was nominated for the scholarship by Dr. Barbara Miller, executive director of recruitment and admissions. Newhouse is grateful to Miller and several others who helped with her nomination including Dr. Ernestine Lacy, director of student development, and Dr. Claude Williams and LaDawn Brock in communications.