From Illinois Business Journal news services
Two Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine students have been awarded $2,500 grants respectively from Delta Dental of Illinois for their commitment to improve oral health in Illinois.
The non-profit dental service corporation honored Sarah Tien, of Darien, and Ashley McNealy, of Alton, through its 2015 student grants program. Tien and McNealy earned doctor of dental medicine degrees at the SDM commencement Saturday, June 6.
Upon graduation, Tien plans to provide dental care to underserved populations. McNealy plans to practice in Elgin, and is especially interested in using her Spanish language skills to treat the Hispanic population.
Through the grant program, Delta Dental of Illinois provides educational and financial support to two graduating students from the SIU SDM annually. To be eligible for the award students must pass their National Boards, be in the top 25 percent of their class and plan to practice in Illinois, among other criteria.