James Brister Scholarship Fund
Penn Dental Medicine $1 Million Scholarship Challenge

Penn Dental Medicine $1 Million Scholarship Challenge
Penn Dental Medicine is committed to increasing the diversity of the student body. To help meet this goal, the Penn Dental Medicine $1 Million Scholarship Challenge has been established to build scholarship support for underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students.

"Penn Dental Medicine is interested in attracting and supporting these students because we feel that a student body that is representative of the community-at-large fosters respect for other cultures and provides the skills our students need to serve an increasingly diverse population," says Dr. Beverley Crawford, Director of Diversity Affairs and Inclusion.

Through this challenge, once the $1 million goal is reached, Penn Dental Medicine will double the amount available each year for scholarship awards. Helping to lead the campaign is Mr. Stanley Bergman, a member of the School's Board of Overseers and Chair of the Board's Diversity Committee.

Join in helping to build this vital scholarship resource.
Why Give?
Penn Dental Medicine embraces the notion that a diverse student body enriches our curriculum and enhances the humanistic culture of our School. Dr. James Brister, an 1881 graduate of the Dental School, is the first known African American graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Ensuring that our students are exposed to the vibrancy, richness and nuance of diverse life experiences, orientations, and perspectives is fundamental to the education we provide, and one of the distinctive characteristics of the Penn experience.
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