April 1, 2014

Three students receive national scholarship awards

School of Dentistry students Jose Mendoza, Chelsea Momany and Todd Billington have received national scholarship awards.

Jose Mendoza

Jose Mendoza

Mendoza, a first-year student, received a 2013 Annual Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship from the National Hispanic Health Foundation, affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He accepted the two-year, $5,000 award last November at the Sixth Annual California Scholarship Gala in Los Angeles.

Mendoza was one of two first-year dental students out of 20 health profession students to receive the award. He participated in the U-DOC at UW, a five-week residential summer enrichment program for high school students interested in health careers.

All scholarship recipients – which include medical, nursing, public health and policy students – exhibited exceptional academic performance, leadership and commitment to the Hispanic community.

Chelsea Momany

Chelsea Momany

Mendoza and 10 other students received the $5,000 scholarship, funded through the United Health Foundation. Nine were given $2,000 for one year.

Momany, a second-year student, was awarded the 2013 American Dental Association Foundation’s Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship.  She was one of 25 recipients of this annual scholarship, which helps academically gifted second-year predoctoral dental students defray a part of their professional education expenses. The ADAF accepts one application per school per program, submitted by the school on behalf of the student. Awards of up to $2,500 each are bestowed.

Todd Billington

Todd Billington

Billington, a third-year student who was one of the School’s AmeriCorps students in summer 2012, received the 2013 ADEA/Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Preventive Dentistry Scholarship.

This yearly scholarship awards $2,500 toward tuition and fees to 12 predoctoral dental students who have demonstrated academic excellence in preventive dentistry. The scholarships are provided through an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson Consumer & Personal Products Worldwide, a division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies. Students are nominated by their dental school dean or dean’s designate.

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