Dentsply Sirona Gives $100K to N.C. A&T for New Scholarship Fund

By Staff Report / 02/18/2021 College of Business and Economics, College of Engineering, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 18, 2021) – Charlotte-based DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (“Dentsply Sirona”) (Nasdaq: XRAY) today announced the company will partner with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to create the Dentsply Sirona Scholarship Fund for Innovation and Leadership. As part of the partnership, Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, will donate $100,000 to the historically Black university.

“We continue to be impressed with the quality of students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University,” said Don Casey, CEO of Dentsply Sirona. “Given the university’s long history of producing professionals in STEM careers and Dentsply Sirona’s commitment to innovation, diversity and inclusion, we are proud to invest in scholarships and educational opportunities to help support and enrich the experience of N.C. A&T’s students.”

Dentsply Sirona will form the partnership with A&T’s Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics, the College of Engineering and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The historic Greensboro-based institution that was pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement is the largest producer of graduate degrees in nanoengineering in the state of North Carolina. A&T is also the nation’s largest historically Black university.

“We are grateful for this important partnership with Dentsply Sirona, which will help enrich the educational experiences of our students pursuing careers in the sciences,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “This donation will help drive research, scholarly engagement and training for students. We look forward to a continued, long-term partnership.”

The$100,000 donation will go toward funding student scholarships and help alleviate student loan debt – a growing challenge for those pursuing undergraduate and graduate-level education.

“As a Dentsply Sirona board member and alumnus of N.C. A&T, I could not be more excited about the partnership as it emphasizes the quality of our students and their ability to innovate,” said Willie A. Deese, namesake of the Deese College. “I am grateful for the difference the scholarship fund will make and look forward to future opportunities the collaboration between Dentsply Sirona and N.C. A&T will bring.”

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