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Ravyn Louis

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Bio

Greetings, I am a senior biology pre-dental major from Houston, Texas. I currently attend Texas Southern University, where I am an active student leader on campus. I am a Thomas F. Freeman Honors College Scholar as well. I enjoy meeting new people and giving back to the community. I aspire to be an orthodontist to build confidence in my patients, one smile at a time.

Education

Texas Southern University

Bachelor's degree program
2020 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Biology, General
  • Minors:
    • Chemistry

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Dentistry
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Dentistry

    • Dream career goals:

      Board Certified Orthdontist

      Research

      • Biology, General

        Texas Southern University College of Science, Engineering, and Technology — Researcher
        2022 – Present

      Public services

      • Advocacy

        Student Government Association — Chief of Staff
        2022 – 2023
      • Advocacy

        Gamma Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc — President
        2023 – Present
      • Advocacy

        HOSA Pre-Health Professional Club — Historian
        2021 – Present
      • Advocacy

        Student Government Association — Senate Pro-Tempore
        2021 – Present
      • Advocacy

        Student Government Association — Academic Affairs Senator
        2021 – 2022
      • Advocacy

        Royal Court — Miss Freshman
        2020 – 2021
      • Volunteering

        HER TXSU — Houston Food Bank Boxer
        2021 – Present
      • Volunteering

        Student Government Association — Planter
        2021 – Present
      • Volunteering

        Gamma Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. — Mentor
        2022 – Present

      Future Interests

      Advocacy

      Volunteering

      Philanthropy

      Entrepreneurship

      Future Dentists Scholarship
      My journey to dentistry wasn't paved with textbooks and drills, it was forged in the crucible of childhood bullying. "Buck-teeth Ray," they'd yell, leaving me self-conscious, my smile a hostage to their taunts. But in the safe space of Dr. Gloria Phillips's office, a different narrative unfolded. Her gentle touch, warm smile, and unwavering belief in my "beautiful" teeth chipped away at the insecurities. She wasn't just a dentist; she was a beacon of hope, a testament to the power of representation. Seeing a Black dentist, especially as a young Black kid myself, was like no other. It created so much possibility, whispering, "You can be there too." Every instrument she wielded, every confident stride she took, was a silent affirmation that my dreams weren't out of reach. Dr. Phillips became more than just my dentist; she became my inspiration, my guiding star. Fast forward 13 years, and I'm no longer the timid kid hiding behind his smile. I'm Ravyn, a biology student who is currently in the Meharry School of Dentistry 2024 Pre-Dental Cohort. And guess what? I'm shadowing none other than Dr. Phillips herself! I watch her magic unfold, marveling at the artistry and precision that transform smiles and lives. The fear that once paralyzed me has morphed into a burning desire to wield that same power, to mend not just teeth, but confidence, self-esteem, and the very stories etched on people's faces. But this path isn't easy. The DAT, the looming hurdle of dental school, requires resources, dedicated study, and an unwavering commitment. This is where I need the scholarship to help me along my dentistry path. It's the key to unlocking the study materials, practice tests, and expert guidance I need to ace the DAT and confidently step into Meharry's hallowed halls. This scholarship isn't just a financial aid; it's a vote of confidence, a torch passed from one generation of Black dentists to the next. It's an investment in a future where smiles aren't just perfected, but empowered, where insecurities are vanquished, and where little "Ray's" can dream big, knowing they have the resources to chase those dreams. I write to you, not just a pre-dental student burdened by exams, but a storyteller, inspired by Dr. Phillips, fueled by your generosity, and ready to write my own chapter in the legacy of Black dentists. Let's chase smiles together, one instrument, one confident smile, one scholarship at a time. Thank you for believing in the power of a smile, the strength of a dream, and the transformative impact of a future Black dentist named Ravyn Louis.