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Scholarship will help Henry Ford II senior bring a smile to others
Scholarship will help Henry Ford II senior bring a smile to others
Posted on 04/27/2021
Rita Sallumi working with patient at work study siteFor Rita Sallumi, a career in dentistry brings together the three passions in her life: science, art and bringing a smile to the faces of others.

To help get her started, the Henry Ford II senior was recently awarded the Michigan Career Placement Association Student Scholarship program’s work-based learning scholarship. 

Sallumi plans to use the $1,000 scholarship to begin a pre-med program offered through the University of Detroit Mercy. She currently serves as a School to Work co-op student at Mark D. Berman, D.D.S. & Associates P.C. in Clinton Township. 

“When I was little, I just loved going to the dentist office,” she said. “I thought the staff was always nice to me and I felt that this was something I wanted to do for others.”

Dentistry also requires a level of artistic skills – another career interest, she said.

 “I also loved how dentistry was more than just science,” Sallumi said. “You are creating things – you are perfecting a smile.”

While always interested in dentistry, Sallumi said her future became clearer as a ninth-grader in teacher Karen Benson’s Med Health I class.

From there, she entered into the school’s HOSA program, where this weekend she is scheduled to compete in the state dentistry competition after earning top regional honors.

Sallumi will be recognized for her scholarship at the M.C.P.A. Virtual Fall Conference on October 4-5. 

“We are proud to report that scholarship applications are concrete evidence that work-based learning truly impacts the lives of young adults,” Kelly King, Scholarship Chair for the Michigan Career Placement Association. “Further, our partners in business and industry testify that our work-based learning programs enrich their companies as well.”

For more information about the School to Work program please contact Janet Gendelman janet.gendelman@uticak12.or for Henry Ford II and Stevenson students and Catherine Lelito catherine.lelito@uticak12.org for Utica and Eisenhower students