December 2, 2016
Drs. Abhiraj Bhatt and Grishma Zaveri, students in the International Dental Studies (IDS) Class of 2017, were both honored with the annual Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon IDS Scholarship Award at a ceremony held on Nov. 29. The scholarships recognize the recipients' outstanding academic achievements and involvement in student leadership. Each will receive an award of $4,848.52 at graduation.
Bhatt earned his degree from Maharaja Krishnakumar Sinji Bhavnagar University Manubhai Patel Dental College in India. He served as Curriculum Committee Representative and was appointed to the American Dental Education Association Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID) task force. He was head speaker for a lecture at the Manubhai Patel Dental College. He also filmed and edited "The Art of Dentistry" during CDA 2016.
Zaveri received her degree from Ahmedabad Dental College and Hospital in India and holds an advanced degree in Applied Health Informatics from Conestoga College in Canada. She's a California Dental Association (CDA) Representative and participated in the CDA House of Delegates in Sacramento. She was a member of the San Francisco Student Delegation Meeting in 2015. Grishma has participated in numerous Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) activities including CDA Cares. She has fundraised and organized meal preparations for underserved communities through BAPS Hindu Temple on a bi-monthly basis.
The Dixons, 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. Recipients are selected based on demonstrated leadership qualities and academic accomplishments made during their time in the IDS program.
IDS students 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 Dugoni School, 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 Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon IDS Scholarship Endowment continues to raise funds to support the only international dental studies scholarship award in the United States. The Dixon Endowment has a unique opportunity to receive 1:1 matching funds for new gifts from University of the Pacific's Powell Match program. $50,000 in new gifts will be doubled to $100,000, bringing the endowment to a grand total of $300,000. The Dixon Endowment is less than $13,000 from meeting this goal.