Pacific Dental Services Foundation Announces Spring 2022 Scholarship Recipients

The PDS Foundation awarded over $80,000 to a total of 17 dental assisting students from across the country.

IRVINE, CALIF. March 16, 2022 – The Pacific Dental Services® (PDS) Foundation is proud to announce the Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship recipients for Spring 2022. On Friday, March 11 (and coinciding with this year’s Dental Assistants Recognition Week), the PDS Foundation awarded over $80,000 to a total of 17 dental assisting (DA) students from across the country who are pursuing their academic dreams and representing the future of the dental industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of DAs is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030. However, financial hardship often prevents many students from finishing school. Recognizing the importance of DAs to the future of dentistry, the PDS Foundation created this scholarship to provide students with the financial support they need to complete their education. Named after Carolyn Ghazal, DDS, a member of the PDS Foundation Board of Directors, this educational scholarship provides DA students with need-based financial aid, mentorship, on-the-job training, and aims to mold the next generation of passionate, servant-hearted dental leaders.

“I am so honored to have my name associated with such a worthwhile endeavor that is investing in the lives, education and futures of DA students throughout the nation,” said Dr. Ghazal. “My hope is that this financial support can help remove a barrier for students, and the mentorship they receive through the program will allow them the opportunity to pursue a noble career in dental assisting.”

Spring 2022 Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assistant Scholarship Recipients:


Academic Institution

City, State

Felix Cabreja Adorno

Concorde Career College

Tampa, Fla.

Sha-naesha Brewton

UEI College

Morrow, Ga.

Lyeisha Briggs

Florida Career College

Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

Alexis Casarez

Carrington College

Portland, Ore.

Elaine Cervantez

Concorde Career College

San Diego, Calif.

Sarah Chee

Carrington College

Las Vegas, Nev.

Jessica Forsee

Delta College

Slidell, La.

Moriah Hernandez

High Desert Medical College

Bakersfield, Calif.

Celine Heywood

Atlantic Technical College

Coconut Creek, Fla.

Quiniya Lake

Concorde Career College

Memphis, Tenn.

Lucy McMath

Practical Dental Assisting

Virginia Beach, Va.

Montserrat Merino-Gongora

Concorde Career College

Portland, Ore.

Luis Padilla

PIMA Medical Institute

Seattle, Wash.

Sydney Remington-Belle

Practical Dental Assisting

Virginia Beach, Va.

Hailee Roberts

Concorde Career College

Aurora, Colo.

Monica Sesma

Carrington College

Phoenix, Ariz.

Nicole Simon

Concorde Career College

North Hollywood, Calif.

Scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis to DA students to help cover tuition expenses. The Scholarship Review Committee awards scholarships based on applicants' financial need, heart for service, career aspirations, and other criteria.

“The PDS Foundation is thrilled to support these 17 impressive scholarship recipients. These individuals are dedicated and passionate students who are truly inspired to make a difference in the dental assisting profession,” said Kyle Guerin, PDS Foundation Director.

The Pacific Dental Services Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to improve overall health by creating opportunities to serve locally, nationally, and internationally. Since the scholarship’s founding in 2016, the PDS Foundation has granted more than $1 million to DAs in pursuit of advancing their careers within the dental industry.

Click here to learn more about the PDS Foundation and make a tax-deductible gift today.


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