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Two DDS Students Awarded Scholarships

April  30, 2007

Years of hard work, volunteerism and leadership have paid off for two students at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Tyler Nelson, Class of 2007, and Nicklaus Morton, Class of 2008, each received scholarship awards that will help them continue their dental education.

Nelson, the School of Dentistry's Associated Student Body president, received the Delta Dental Student Leadership Award in the amount of $12,500 from Delta Dental of California on April 12. Excellent clinical knowledge and skills, outstanding leadership abilities and participation in community outreach activities prompted Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. to nominate Nelson for the scholarship.

"In all my interactions with Tyler, he has exuded professionalism and a hard-working, positive attitude," Ferrillo said. "He sees the big picture and is passionate about making the profession and the world a better place."

In addition to his role as Associated Student Body president, Nelson is a frequent participant in Pacific's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) program and is president of the Spanish Study Club. After graduation, Nelson will begin a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

Morton received the Dental Student Scholarship Award in the amount of $1,500 from the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy on April 16. Dean Ferrillo nominated Morton for the award because of his leadership as Class of 2008 president and his continued participation in SCOPE.

"Nicklaus is a team player who is capable of leading and motivating others to maintain high professional standards," Ferrillo said. "He will be a credit to the profession and his community."

Morton is a member of Pacific's Task Force on Ethics and Professionalism and a contributing author to The Articulating Paper, the school's student publication. He will also serve as the Associated Student Body president during the 2007-2008 school year. After completing his DDS degree, Morton hopes to enter into a specialty program and eventually would like to work in private practice.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu