Two Robeson students win dental scholarships

By: Staff report

LUMBERTON — Two Robeson County residents have received scholarhips for the 2018-2019 school year at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.

Rudy Oxendine, of Rowland, and Brianna Chavis-Locklear, of Prospect, each received a scholarship sponsored by Crest/Oral-B and distributed by the Society of American Indian Dentists.

Oxendine graduated from East Carolina University in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry. He is a second-year student at the ECU dental school and serves as the Class of 2021 representative to the American Student Dental Association.

“I am extremely grateful for this scholarship and for all forms of assistance that I have received in dental school, including financial assistance, advice, mentorship and friendship,” Oxendine said.

Chavis-Locklear received a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a third-year student at the ECU School of Dental Medicine.

“My No 1 goal is to bring positive change through oral health care to American Indians and other under-served North Carolinians,” Chavis-Locklear said.

She is a member of the ECU Student Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

“I hope I can also serve as a role model for other American Indians who may be thinking about careers in dentistry so that they can help enhance and advance the dental health of American Indian people and other under-served North Carolinians,” Chavis-Locklear said.



Staff report