IRVINE, Calif., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pacific Dental Services® Foundation today proudly announces it has awarded the first Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assisting Scholarship to Gracie Antunez from Richmond, TX.
The Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assisting Scholarship will provide financial assistance to disadvantaged women seeking economic independence through dental assistant education, mentorship, on-the-job training and career placement opportunities. The average cost for an individual to attend an accredited dental assistant program is $15,000.
"I'm honored to receive the Dr. Carolyn Ghazal Dental Assisting Scholarship," said scholarship winner Gracie Antunez. "I'm grateful for this opportunity to pursue my personal goals: further my education by attending college, make my kids proud of me and become financially independent. Words cannot describe what this scholarship and opportunity mean to me and my entire family."
"I am thrilled to award Gracie with this scholarship," said Dr. Carolyn Ghazal. "The scholarship was created to help disadvantaged women find financial independence through the pursuit of education. It is my desire that the scholarship will make a significant impact in a person's life as they transition to a more positive place."
The Pacific Dental Services Foundation partnered with Dress for Success Houston to identify women who were interested in pursuing a career in dental assisting.
"Because of the generosity of the Pacific Dental Services Foundation, Gracie is going to be able to enjoy the experience of going to school to be a dental assistant," said Nancy Levicki, co-founder and president, Dress for Success Houston. "Gracie is going be guided by a mentor provided by the Foundation so she knows that she is never alone while on her path to self-sufficiency."
To pursue her career in dental assisting, Gracie will be joining the dental assisting program at Pima Medical Institute in Houston, TX. She will begin her classes in July 2016. To hear more from Gracie, please visit www.pdsfoundation.org/programs/scholarships.
About The Pacific Dental Services Foundation
The Pacific Dental Service Foundation's mission is to serve communities locally, nationally and internationally through improved oral healthcare. To learn more about the Pacific Dental Services Foundation, please visit www.pdsfoundation.org.
SOURCE Pacific Dental Services Foundation