THCF Scholarship Recipient Ashley Deacy Takes Her Dental Skills Abroad
Ashley Deacy loves giving people a reason to smile and now thanks to THCF scholarship fund holders, she’s making her dreams a reality. An Independence native and graduate of Truman High School, Ashley planned on becoming a dentist since she was a little girl. She first became acquainted with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation her senior year of high-school when she received a scholarship for her undergraduate degree at Truman State University.
“My donors provided me success with the belief they had in me. I was able to graduate from Truman State University debt-free and that was a huge blessing. Dental school is expensive and not having to worry about debt accruing from my undergraduate degree helped with my decision to enroll in dental school. It was a huge burden lifted off my shoulders.”
Ashley is completing clinical rotations in her final year at A.T. Still University. When she’s not hitting the books and studying for exams, she spends her summers giving back on mission trips with her church. Every summer, Ashley travels with a group of medical students and church volunteers to provide medical and dental treatment to those in need in Haiti.
“Haiti has pulled on my heart strings a lot. I was the first dentist, as a dental student, that some of these people had seen in five years. They trusted me to take care of them and their smiles. Putting the things I’ve learned in the classroom to work and being able to change people's lives through their smile has been so rewarding.”
Ashley credits her donors for giving her the chance to become the student and woman she is today. After completing her degree, Ashley plans on moving back to the Kansas City area to join group practice and give back to the community that gave her so much. She encourages anyone who is considering starting a scholarship fund to take the leap and invest in the students of their community.
“For donors that are thinking about starting a scholarship, it is worth it. Believing in the younger generation and allowing us to grow is huge. It just makes a huge difference in our lives and to get the best education we can.”