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Zann, Duff Scholarships Presented

Dr. Rachel Sheridan (center), first recipient of the Zann Scholarship.  Next to her are Janet Zann (right) and Dean Laurie McCauley.

(Per Kjeldsen photo)

Drs. Jeff Li (left) and Steven Davis (right) received the Duff Scholarship.  With them are Sheree Duff and Dr. William Giannobile, chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine.

(Per Kjeldsen photo)

Ann Arbor, MI — June 27, 2014 — Two endowed scholarships that will help periodontics residents fund their education were presented during the Ramfjord Symposium recently held at Rackham Auditorium.

The Zann Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Periodontics was awarded for the first time.  The Duff Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Periodontics was bestowed for the fifth year.

Zann Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Periodontics

The first recipient of the Zann Scholarship was Dr. Rachel Sheridan, who received her dental degree from the School of Dentistry in May.  A dual-degree student, she also earned a master’s degree in clinical research that month from the School of Public Health.  Now a first-year resident in the Graduate Periodontics Program, Sheridan plans to pursue a career in academic dentistry combining her interests in teaching, research and clinical periodontology.

The $5,000 scholarship, presented to support first-year residents in the program, is named for the late Dr. Gregory Zann (DDS 1975, MS periodontics 1980).  After earning his master’s degree, Zann and his wife, Janet, moved to Florida where he established his periodontal practice.  A member of the Dean’s Faculty, he traveled from Florida to the School of Dentistry every month for several years to teach residents in the School’s Graduate Periodontics Program.

Duff Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Periodontics

The Benson Duff Scholarship was presented to periodontics residents, Drs. Steven Davis and Jeff Li.  Both are beginning their third year in the Graduate Periodontics Program.

Davis and Li each received a $5,000 scholarship named for the late Dr. Benson Duff (DDS 1980, MS periodontics 1988), who passed away in March 2008 at age 54.  He was a private practitioner, a member of the Dean’s Faculty and the Michigan Periodontal Alumni Board.

Davis plans to go into private practice in Marquette, Michigan, taking over for Dr. Peter Kelly who earned his dental degree from U-M in 1970 and a master’s degree in periodontics in 1973.  Li said he plans to become a private practitioner and possibly teach clinical dentistry.

“The scholarships awarded to Drs. Sheridan, Davis and Li are a major department- and School-wide effort to help our graduate students meet the rising costs of their education,” said Dr. William Giannobile, chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine.  “We are pleased to launch the Zann Fellowship and to continue the Duff Fellowship with the generous support from Mrs. Zann and Mrs. Duff.  We are also grateful for the generous support we have received from other faculty members in our department as well as our alumni.”