The Pacific Dental Services Foundation awarded 17 dental assistant students $70,000 worth of scholarships.

The Pacific Dental Services (PDS) Foundation announced that 17 students from 8 states were awarded a total of $70,000 as the Dr Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship recipients for Fall 2022. 

Since the start of the year, the PDS Foundation has awarded over $202,000 to 44 dental assisting students in 12 states.

Named after Carolyn Ghazal, DDS, a member of the PDS Foundation board of directors, this educational scholarship provides dental assistant (DA) students with need-based financial aid, mentorship, and on-the-job training, and aims to mold the next generation of dental leaders.

“I am so honored to have my name associated with such a worthwhile endeavor that is investing in the lives, education, and futures of DA students throughout the nation,” said Ghazal. “My hope is that this financial support can help remove a barrier for students, and the mentorship they receive through the program will allow them the opportunity to pursue a noble career in dental assisting.”

Scholarships are awarded every quarter to DA students to help cover tuition expenses.

The Scholarship Review Committee awards scholarships based on applicants’ financial needs, heart for service, career aspirations, and other criteria.

“The PDS Foundation is proud to contribute to the future of the dental industry and support the career development of these 17 hard-working students,” said Rose Olague, director of school relations and dental assistant programs at PDS and member of the PDS Foundation advisory board. “We know these impressive scholarship recipients will have a positive impact on the communities they serve, and we are honored to support them as they continue their education.”

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