April 28, 2009
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry honored International Dental Studies (IDS) students Drs. Ahmad Alnatour and Nikki Pung-Yamato with the Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon Scholarship Award on April 28.
The students, both members of the class of 2009, were recognized at a ceremony held at the dental school and will each receive a check for $2,500 during graduation.
The Dixons, who are longtime donors and friends of the school, created the Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon IDS Endowment in spring 2005 to provide scholarships for international dental students at the school. Recipients are selected based on leadership qualities and academic achievement during their first year in the IDS program. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is the only dental school in the country that has a scholarship award exclusively for IDS students.
"As the first Malaysian in the IDS program, I feel particularly honored and proud to be the recipient of this award," said Pung-Yamato. "Pacific has opened many doors of opportunity for me and I am deeply grateful to its faculty and my classmates for the support they have given me over the last two years."
Alnatour also emphasized the school's supportive environment, saying "this award is one of many gifts I was blessed with by the Dugoni family, the most important of which being the feeling of belonging. Pacific has been a home away from home to me."
Alnatour received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Jordan and will start his postgraduate studies in endodontics at Harvard University following graduation. Pung-Yamato earned her bachelor of dental surgery degree from the University of Malaysia and diploma of membership of the faculty of dental surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. After graduation, she will be joining the pediatric residency program at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.
The International Dental Studies program at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry offers qualified foreign dental graduates the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge of the dental profession as practiced in the United States. Graduates of this program receive a doctor of dental surgery degree and are eligible to sit for any state or regional dental board in the country.
Category Type: Honors and Awards
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