December 16, 2018  

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USM Alums Receive Mississippi Rural Dentist Scholarships

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First-year dental students and University of Southern Mississippi alums, Samantha Allen  and Heather Fairley were recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship valued at $35,000 per year for their training at the University of Mississippi.

Created in 2013, the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP) is designed to provide more general and pediatric dentists in rural areas of Mississippi.  During dental school, each MRDSP scholar receives $35,000 per year based on available funding.

Consistent legislative support of MRPSP translates to nine dental students receiving a total of $315,000 to support their education this fall. Additional benefits include personalized mentoring from practicing rural dentists and academic support.

Upon completion of dental training, MRPDP scholars must practice general or pediatric dentistry. The MRDSP Scholar must provide the number of years the scholarship was received of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community of less than 10,000 population where a need exists.

MRPSP provides a means for rural Mississippi students to earn a $140,000 over four years of dental school scholarship in return for four years of service and learn the art of oral care from practicing rural dentists.

Allen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simpson of Delisle, Miss. Fairley is the daughter of Justin Fairley and Kimberly Younger of Gulfport, Miss.