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2 School of Dentistry Women Receive CEW Awards

Ann Arbor, MI — November 4, 2014 — A University of Michigan School of Dentistry faculty member and a dental hygiene student have received awards from the Center for the Education of Women.  The awards were presented during the organization’s 44th Annual Scholarship and Fellowship Program.

Dr. Nejay Ananaba (DDS 2009), who is now working for a master’s degree and certificate in pediatric dentistry, received the Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship.  A clinical instructor at the School of Dentistry who also practiced part time at the Community Dental Center for four years, Ananaba plans to combine her interests in pediatric dentistry and teaching after earning her master’s degree next spring.

The Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship honors the life and work of Margaret Dow Towsley who was active in civic and educational endeavors in Ann Arbor.  She started the Children’s Play School in her home, helped establish the Perry Nursery School and the Women’s City Club, and was the first woman elected to the Ann Arbor City Council (1953-1957).

Elizabeth Chislea, a veteran dental hygienist who has been practicing for more than 17 years, received the Robert Bruce Dunlap Memorial Scholarship.  Currently enrolled in the School of Dentistry’s online Degree Completion E-Learning Program, Chislea would like to teach dental hygiene at a college or university after receiving her bachelor’s degree.

The Robert Bruce Dunlap Memorial Scholarship is presented to U-M students pursuing a career in a health-related field.  Dunlap was a long-time U-M employee, first at University Hospital and later at the School of Dentistry.

Among those presenting awards to Ananaba, Chislea and others was Dr. Karen-Lee Jones Stewart (DDS 1994) who was a Towsley Scholar in 2001-2002.  She is an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the School of Dentistry.

Since its founding in 1964, the U-M Center for the Education of Women has awarded approximately 1,600 scholarships and fellowships totaling $5.5 million, to help women who are pursuing higher education after their academic plans were temporarily put on hold for professional or personal reasons.  Awards are given to graduate, professional, undergraduate and certificate seeking students who have returned to any U-M campus to resume their education.