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D4 Amir Aryaan receives scholarship from national foundations

Amir Aryaan

Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 17, 2016 -– Amir Aryaan, a fourth-year student at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, is among 10 dental students from around the country who have won $5,000 scholarships from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation and Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation.

The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize third- or fourth-year dental students who have demonstrated commitment to community service, academic excellence in dentistry and financial need.

The Sullivan Family Foundation established the scholarship program in 2012 to support efforts to improve dental education in the United States while honoring the late Robert Sullivan for his love of the dental industry and education.

The foundation teamed with the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation, which supports an association of companies that provide dental equipment, supplies, materials and services to dentists and other oral care professionals.

In announcing this year’s scholarship recipients, the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation noted that Aryaan’s journey to the School of Dentistry started in Iran and took him through Germany and Canada “where he learned new languages, navigated new cultures and discovered a passion for dentistry. His career choice allows him to combine his love for fixing things, a desire to free people from pain, and an opportunity to help those that are less fortunate.”

Aryaan included a poet’s verse as a way of explaining what he has experienced on his life’s journey thus far.

“I have lived in different countries amongst people with different cultures and languages, yet the universal trend between all these countries is the importance of community service and voluntarism,” he said in his application.

“It is something that is embedded in all of us as humans, that we are social and need the social interaction with other humans, leading to formation of all the cultures and languages of the world.

“As it has been beautifully depicted by the Persian poet Saadi as early as 13th century, the unity of mankind is an essential part of being a human:

“Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you've no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.”

Thinking ahead to his career as a dentist, Aryaan said he feels blessed to have found a career he enjoys and that allows him to have an impact on his community. “However, as with any privilege, there comes responsibility,” he said. “The way I want to serve my community in the future is similar to now, and in accordance with my blessings.”


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:
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