An update on our May graduates and plans to expand programs offered at the college.
As I write this message, we are days away from graduating yet another class of outstanding young dental professionals. It is an exciting time for them and for our College! I wanted to also update you on our progress toward our Pay It Forward Scholarship Campaign. We have had a good response to our call to action, but I am positive that more of you can help us in our endeavors.
Scholarships allow us to attract the best and brightest to our dental school while allowing us to help alleviate some of the financial burden that comes along with applying to and accepting a spot in the incoming class. It will by no means eliminate the debt but it will certainly help us help our students keep their focus on their studies and not on their mounting debt. It also allows us to offer those students who may otherwise choose another school the opportunity to attend the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.
In 2018, New York University Medical School declared it will cover the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need. At the same time, we have heard reports in the media of students having more than $1 million dollars in debt who are unable to keep up with interest only payments, which only increases their burden. Finally, it has been reported that student debt in the U.S. now exceeds $1.5 trillion, with half of it accumulated in the past decade.
I hope that each of you will consider making a gift to our scholarship campaign or consider leaving a legacy gift for those future generations of young dental professionals. Whichever you decide, please know that you will be helping some of the brightest individuals pursue their dreams of becoming dental professionals. In turn, they will help the community achieve oral health and continue “changing what's possible.”
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