Drs. Charles and Maria Ryan Establish School of Dental Medicine Scholarship with Gift
STONY BROOK, N.Y., October 18, 2012 —The Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine (SDM) has announced a $37,500 gift from alumni Maria Ryan, DDS ’89, PhD’98, and Charles Ryan, JD, PhD ’90, of Laurel Hollow, NY, to establish the “Ryan Endowed Scholarship for Future Academicians” at the SDM. Their gift will be matched dollar for dollar as part of the Simons Foundation matching gift program, yielding a total impact of $75,000.
For more than two decades after leaving Stony Brook as graduate students, Charles and Maria Ryan have worked together and individually to demonstrate and reflect Stony Brook University’s core values of providing opportunity, access and inclusiveness, collaboration and partnerships, quality and excellence, and personal and community responsibility.
“We recognize that dental education is facing a severe faculty shortage that will challenge the future of the profession unless something is done,” said Dr. Maria Ryan, Professor, Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, and Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and External Affairs at the SDM, and a member of the medical staff at Stony Brook University Hospital. “We thought that a scholarship to foster the development of future dental academicians could help in some small way.”
This is the second endowed scholarship the couple has created for the SDM. In 2002, the Ryan’s established the Charles and Maria Ryan Scholarship in Oral Biology and Pathology.
Interested third-year students who have demonstrated academic excellence and who have conducted substantive research are encouraged to apply for the Ryan scholarship. Faculty will mentor the Ryan Scholar and impress upon the recipient the urgent need for well-trained dental educators who will share their knowledge with future generations.
“We believe donations that support education can change lives,” said Dr. Charles Ryan, an Adjunct Professor at Stony Brook University and Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Forest Laboratories Inc.
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