2017 MB2Ortho Scholarship Winners

Thank you to all our patients who submitted essays to the 2017 MB2Ortho Scholarship Program! We were impressed with the heartfelt and sincere essays we received and thank you all for sharing your creative words with us. Once again, we find it difficult to choose just one winner and so we have respectfully chosen four scholarship winners!

— The recipient of our first $1,000 scholarship is Haley Hutchens! Haley’s “If you could choose one super power, what would it be and why?” essay was very powerful. Hailey’s super power would be the ability to give people the confidence they lack. She would like to see people be happy with who they are and not feel like they have to change themselves to make others happy. Haley said it best — “Everyone is beautiful in their own way” — and we couldn’t agree more.  Haley is a recent graduate of Robert B. Glenn High School in Winston-Salem and will start her college career at Salem College later this year.

— The second $1,000 scholarship recipient is Sarah Harrell. Sarah is a rising senior at Appalachian State University and enrolled in their nursing program. This explains why Sarah’s super power of choice would be the ability to know exactly how people are feeling, both emotionally and physically. Sarah realizes how difficult it is for some people to express their pain or describe their medical symptoms. The super power she chose would “provide a path to the correct treatment plan” for her patients. We have no doubt Sarah will be a phenomenal nurse.

— The first recipient of our $500 runner-up scholarship is Megan Dennehy. Megan would use her beautiful smile as her super power, curing all problems, pain, and suffering. “It is important for everyone to remember to be kind, because everyone has their own struggles … even if they are clear to the eye or not.” Whether she is serving on a mission trip in the Dominican Republic or sharing her friendship and love with family and classmates, Megan reminds herself to smile in hopes of brightening someone’s day. This June, Megan graduated from Ragsdale High School in Jamestown and will head off to Chapel Hill in August to attend the school of journalism at the University of North Carolina. Go Heels!

— The second $500 scholarship recipient is Jennifer (Jenny) Blackburn. The ability to freeze time would be Jenny’s super power of choice. Having this power would allow her to “press the pause button from time to time, take a breath, and relax a moment.” As a busy teenager who is preparing for college, playing sports, working and trying to find time to socialize, we can see why a “pause button” would be helpful! Jenny just graduated from Northwest Guilford High School and will soon be a college student at Appalachian State University. We hope you take time to hit the pause button and enjoy the beautiful scenery in Boone!

2017 MB2ortho Scholarship

“If you could choose one super power, what would it be and why?”  

Mitchell, Bartlett & Bell Orthodontics is proud to announce our annual MB2ortho Essay Scholarship Contest! This year’s essay topic is: “If you could choose one super power, what would it be and why?” We will award a $1,000 scholarship* to a patient who is currently in treatment or has completed treatment at our practice. Applications will be accepted from those patients who are graduating from high school in 2017 and have been accepted to an institution of higher learning for a minimum of one year OR are already enrolled in an institution of higher learning and will continue their education in the fall of 2017.

  Only fully completed applications will be considered.

Original essays will be accepted in printed format only. Emailed essays will NOT be accepted.

If you are eligible and interested, please email us at scholarships@mbsmiles.com to request information and an application, or download and complete our application (DOC) and bring it to your next appointment.

Deadline is May 4, 2017!  Completed entries and applications must be turned in together at either one of our locations. 

*Non-renewable scholarship. Contest participants and their entries must meet all qualifications specified in the application to be eligible to win.

2016 Scholarship Winners!

Thank you to all our patients who submitted entries to the 2016 Mitchell and Bartlett Scholarship program. We received more than 40 entries, ranging from magnificent artwork and heartfelt essays to beautiful songs and creative poetry!  All entries and applications deserved a great deal of consideration and discussion, which made it very difficult to select just one winner. Therefore, we are proud to announce that we have three award winners this year!

The winner of our $1,000 scholarship is Alexander Hoffman!  Alex’s “What Does Your Smile Say” scholarship entry was quite brilliant. He created a “playlist” of 14 songs, including “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Come Together” that described his experience with braces, the story of how Alex achieved his smile, and what his smile means. Alex is a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill with an outstanding academic record while studying to complete a double major. Community service projects have taken Alex across America and have included charities for special needs children here in North Carolina. 

The runner-up, receiving a $500 scholarship, is Danlee Brown. Danlee wrote a poem expressing the story told by her smile and her journey while in braces. Graduating from high school this past school year, Danlee was an honor roll student and is excited to start her college career at UNC Chapel Hill in the fall. In honor of her grandfather who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, Danlee started Triad Team Fox to raise money for Parkinson’s research.  

 The honorable mention award of $250 goes to Christian Dickerson.  Christian’s original essay expressed how he uses his smile to make a difference, not only in his own life but in others’ lives as well. A recent graduate from high school as an honor roll student, Christian will continue his education at UNC Charlotte this fall. Christian played baseball and basketball in high school and is an active member of his church’s Community Outreach Program.

Education and philanthropy are highly important to us at Mitchell & Bartlett Orthodontics. We congratulate all our scholarship entrants on your remarkable efforts and encourage you to embark upon your futures with continued passion and success.

Drs. Kelly Mitchell, Brian Bartlett, and Carrie Bell


At Mitchell & Bartlett Orthodontics, we believe that beautiful smiles and a good education go hand-in-hand when it comes to a lifetime of success. The MBO Scholarship Program awards an annual, non-renewable, $1,000 scholarship to a patient who is currently in treatment or has completed treatment at our practice. Applications will be accepted from those patients who plan to attend or are attending an institution of higher learning for a minimum of one year.

This year’s scholarship theme is, “What Does Your Smile Say?”

Entries are accepted in the following formats: original essays, original artwork, and original song or dance (must have video and audio of patient performing).

If you are eligible and interested, please email us at scholarships@mbsmiles.com to request information and an application, or download and complete our application (DOC) and bring it to your next appointment.

Deadline is May 16, 2016! *

* All applications must be turned in with completed project to either of our locations by 5pm on May 16, 2016.

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