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IDS Students Honored with Annual Dixon Scholarship Award

Drs. James Joseph Galea and Marcela Marin, winners of the Dixon Scholarship Award.

January  06, 2010

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry honored International Dental Studies (IDS) students Drs. James Joseph Galea and Marcela Marin with the Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon Scholarship Award during a ceremony on Dec. 2. Galea and Marin, both members of the Class of 2010, were recognized for their exemplary work during their first year as IDS students. Each will each receive a check for $2,500 during graduation.

The Dixons, who are longtime donors and friends of the dental school, created the Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon IDS Endowment in spring 2005 to provide scholarships for international dental students at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. Recipients are selected based on demonstrated leadership qualities and academic achievement during their first year in the IDS program. The Dugoni School of Dentistry is the only dental school in the country that has a scholarship award exclusively for IDS students.

"It fills me with pride to receive this award in the name of the IDS 2010 class. I am sure that many of my classmates deserve it as well," said Marin. "We all work very hard to give the best of ourselves to the dental school, and I truly share this honor with all of them."

"Being part of the Pacific family is an exceptionally rewarding and enriching experience. It is a great privilege to be part of such a dynamic group of people," commented Galea. "I am very grateful to Dr. and Mrs. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon for their contribution to the advancement of dentistry."

Galea received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Malta in Gwardamangia, Malta. He is currently the class president of the IDS Class of 2010. Marin earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia. She is the recipient of the 2009 Latinos for Dental Careers Scholarship, which is supported by the California Dental Association.

IDS students already hold dental degrees from schools outside the U.S., but need accreditation to practice in the United States. By completing the IDS program at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, students earn a U.S. doctor of dental surgery degree and eligibility to sit for any state or regional dental board in the country. The two-year accelerated program is quite popular, receiving more than 400 applications and enrolling just 22 students in July of each year.

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