The Iowa Dental Foundation (IDF) awarded eight scholarships this year, including five to dental students at the University of Iowa, two to dental hygiene students, and one to a dental assistant student. The IDF will spotlight the dental student winners each week, beginning with Melissa Draughn Williams.
"Growing up, I hated to smile," Melissa says. "I was congenitally missing #7 and spent my teen years without a tooth. After four years of braces, an implant, and a crown, I finally learned to smile. I could not believe how much one tooth could change my whole perspective. This is when I became interested in dentistry. I knew then that I wanted to be able to change lives by improving not only their physical appearance but their confidence as well."
Melissa is a member of Tau Sigma at the UI COD and has assisted in raising money for and treating veterans. Upon graduation in 2022, Melissa hopes to pursue a residency in periodontics and ultimately become a professor to educate the next generation of dentists.
Learn more about Melissa and all the 2021 scholarship recipients on the IDF website
, and please join us in congratulating these deserving students on their achievements.