Appreciation at the CU School of Dental Medicine Scholarship Luncheon
“With creativity and vision, you too can have an incredible impact on the dental medicine profession,” said guest speaker and benefactor Estelle Meskin at the annual CU School of Dental Medicine scholarship luncheon.
Held on March 8, the event celebrated the impact of scholarships for aspiring dentists and honored benefactors who generously contribute to dental scholarships.
Meskin spoke about the inspiration behind the Lawrence H. Meskin, DDS, MS, MPH, PhD, Scholarship, which was named after her late husband in honor of his legacy and important contributions to dental medicine. Dr. Meskin was the former dean at the CU School of Dental Medicine from 1981 to 1987. He was a renowned dental educator, research and clinician, with a passion for using evidence-based research to improve dental care.
Dr. Meskin’s legacy is carried forward through the Meskin Scholarship, and through scholarship recipients, like Sarah Crepps, DDS ‘19, who go on to become dental leaders. Sarah was one of the many scholarship recipients celebrated at the luncheon last month. It is the innovative approach to dental care that drew her to the profession.
“We are changing practice in ways other people have not – all to save and improve lives. Whether that is bringing antidotes and therapies to market, taking care of solutions for our combat soldiers with our military research or just taking care of patients.”
Dental students Veronica Pryor and Jaryn Dupree, DDS ‘22, were also recognized at the luncheon. Veronica, a first-generation college student, knew she wanted to be a dentist when she was five years old. She said, “When I visited my dentist’s office, I loved seeing the before and after images on the wall, and photo albums of mission trips completed around the world. I saw how dentists could make an impact on many lives, and it inspired me to want to do the same.”
Jaryn grew up in an economically disadvantaged community in Pueblo, and credits access to education and philanthropic support to his success in pursuing a career as a dentist. “Thanks to incredibly generous benefactors, I can focus on further developing my career as a dentist without worrying about the financial burden of an education,” he said.
Dr. Denise Kassebaum, dean, expressed appreciation on behalf of the CU School of Dental Medicine for all that a strong community of benefactors makes possible for students like Sarah, Veronica and Jaryn.
“We’re grateful for the generous support toward the careers of dental students. These bright young minds are dedicating themselves to person-centered care, and are on their way to becoming the next leaders in dental medicine,” she said.
It’s private support from benefactors like Estelle and the Meskin family that helps ensure student success at the CU School of Dental Medicine. Scholarships help the school compete for the best and brightest students from around the country and around the world, and give those students the resources they need to make the most of their education and leave CU prepared to transform lives.