One of these Ellis Scholars, Kori Page Rienbolt, was accepted into the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry this year and will be attending next fall. The following was used with permission from KBOH.
Q: Why do you want to be a dentist?
A: I think it is astonishing how much oral health relates to systemic health, and I wish more people understood this. I want to become a dentist so that I can educate and equip people with tools they can use to live a healthier lifestyle. I also want to have a relationship with each patient where I can provide a service to them that will improve their
quality of life.
Q: How has the Ellis Scholarship allowed you to achieve your goal?
A: The Ellis Scholarship has not only helped me financially, but they have provided connections for me to network with other pre-dental students, which has helped immensely in the process of applying to dental school.
Q: Do you know where you want to practice?
A: Currently, I am unsure of where I want to practice. I am aware that there are many underserved areas in Kansas, and I could see myself practicing in one of these areas eventually. I have a passion to serve the underserved, and I hope that I will find a way to do that as a dental professional.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about dental school?
A: I am most looking forward to actually learning about teeth and oral health. I am also excited to meet and work alongside with other students and faculty who share my same interests and passions.
Rienbolt holds a certificate of acceptance to the UMKC School of Dentistry.