Bri's Dental School Tuition

Hello everyone!

My name is Briany Staine. I was born in the city of Belmopan, Belize (btw you should definitely put my little jewel Belize on your bucket list for a visit!). I grew up in a single-parent household with my mother and brother. I attended Saint Catherine’s  Academy where I discovered my first passion, volleyball. Volleyball was my life and I won many medals and trophies individually and with my team.  It also afforded me the opportunity to travel to several countries in Central America where we finished  2nd in the under- 18  Codicader Games in Guatemala in  2012.  

After graduating high school, I went on to Saint John's college ending my first semester with a 3.4 GPA. However, despite every intention to improve and excel academically, somewhere along the way I lost my way for a bit. After my 2nd year, I decided I ABSOLUTELY needed to make a change. Determined to make a push to the end, I completed my Associate's degree in Biology. Obtaining the biology degree was only my first step toward my ultimate goal of becoming a Dental surgeon. Dentistry is just absolutely magical! Seeing the transformation of people's smiles after just a few hours or a few short appointments brings absolute warmth to my heart.  I interned in Dr. Osbert Usher’s Dental Clinic(my dentist since childhood) during summer holidays, and it was such a fulfilling experience. I decided that this is definitely the career path for me. 

I applied to both the University of the West Indies(UWI), Mona as well as the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) and was accepted into BOTH! I took the offer from UWI and landed in Jamaica,  a new country alone. I had to do a preliminary science programme in order to be accepted into the full dental programme.  Having finished the preliminary years, I was offered full entry into both dental programmes.
Well, here I am today, enrolled in the Doctor of Medical Dentistry program at the University of Technology, Jamaica having met all the requirements needed for admission for this 5-year programme.  So far, I have been enjoying the programme. The workload is very very heavy, but I am putting in the time effort that I need to succeed. Unfortunately, I've had a wrench thrown into my machine. The cost of the programme is $28,000 USD per year (far more than my parents and family can afford). I've applied for the professional and technical scholarship usually awarded to assist students studying abroad; unfortunately, I have been unsuccessful so far but I will keep trying. I have also applied for a student loan but have been unable to fulfill all the requirements, but I am also still working on this option.

In August 2019, I began Semester I of my second year in the Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree programme at the University of Technology. Jamaica.  Unfortunately, my financial difficulties still persist. I am currently attending classes and fully participating in the academic program. However, I have been unable to formally register for the semester since I still have an outstanding balance of USD $5,345from the Summer(3rd) semester of Year 1. There is also a 30% deposit on the fees for this Semester of USD $3,000.

The deadline for late registration is rapidly approaching and my family is working very hard to secure a student loan but the process is not yet completed.

 I am humbly asking for your kind assistance in order to be ‘financially cleared’ of the arrears and for the current semester which is approximately USD $8,345.

This will allow me to Register for this Semester I and to give time to finalize my student loan for the remainder of my studies.

So, I am kindly asking for your help to cover my arrears, and also to complete the remainder of this school year.  EVERY SINGLE PENNY COUNTS! 

No donation too small. Thank you for helping me realize my dream.

Donations ()

  • CAROLYN WILLIAMS 
    • $450 
    • 5 mos
  • Lorraine Magdaleno 
    • $200 
    • 6 mos
  • Henry Banner  
    • $50 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous Anonymous  
    • $200 
    • 12 mos
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Briany Staine 
Organizer
United States
Briany Staine 
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