D.D.S. Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship Endowment
On the occasion of their 45th reunion, the D.D.S. Class of 1968 established a scholarship in memory of 12 departed classmates. These friends and colleagues are sorely missed.
Dental student in good standing
Exhibits financial need
Get to know our scholarship recipients
Click each name to find out what excites our students about becoming dental professionals.
Evelyn Cruz Herbas
George Mason University, Bachelors in Biology
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I moved to the US when I was 10 years old and I am the first in my family to attend college and graduate school. I married the love of my life 2 years ago and we recently adopted a husky who loves peanut butter, snuggles, and getting a little sassy when we have to leave the park.
Why are you passionate about dentistry
Growing up my family did not have the money to take us to the dentist so we would go to a free clinic where I can still recall how kind the dentist that cared for my two younger brothers and I was. I want to offer that same compassion to my community and make a positive impact doing what I love.
Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
Undergraduate school/degree: University of Virginia–Bachelor of Arts Biology
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a second generation Korean-American student from Yorktown, Virginia. I am a big fan of national parks and the English Premier League, Arsenal Football Club in particular. I spend most my weekends with friends and family, either by enjoying Richmond's sights or driving over to them.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? Being able to use my own hands to help alleviate someone's health issues is an absolute privilege. I have witnessed firsthand how desperately needed it is around the world during my travels abroad. The prospect of helping needy people in the future is what drives me to work hard in school.
Hometown: Springfield, Virginia
Undergraduate school/degree: VCU–Entrepreneurship/ Small Business Management
Tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Saad Guliwala, a dental student by day and an explorer by night. I am on a quest to find my favorite things in every category possible. From my favorite authentic taco spot in Richmond to my favorite spot in the world to relax and do nothing (which would be the El Retiro park in Madrid).
Why are you passionate about dentistry? To be able to provide my patients with a renewed smile; a manifestation of happiness that connects us to others. As I delve deeper into this profession I find my dreams intertwining not with my childhood fantasy of medicine but with dentistry.
Hometown: Garfield, New Jersey
Undergraduate school/degree: Montclair State University–Biology
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Hello, I am a married and hopeful immigrant, who worked hard toward his goal to become a healer and help people. Following this goal, I studied hard and improved my hand skills. I made a great community of patients who love me and I love them. I don't have kids but I take care of my parents.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? Dentistry is a combination of art, science, and social relations. I am not an artist but I do love building things. I made few sculptures with plaster, I worked as a mechanic. I love working with my hands. I love to learn, and as an immigrant, I need to have a community of friends. I love Dentistry.
Hometown: Cape Coral, Florida
Undergraduate school/degree: University of Florida–Bachelor of Biological Science
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a rising D3 student and I currently spend a lot of my time working on my own research related to dental materials. I also pursue my interests in helping children affected by intellectual disabilities with the DSAGR. I have a boyfriend of three years and we like to travel and keep active!
Why are you passionate about dentistry? Dentistry allows me to feel a sense of reward, as I am fostering new and significant relationship with patients. As an artist, dentistry also provides an avenue for me to express myself and embrace my perfectionism. I love having the ability to help someone be able to smile confidently again!
Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia
Undergraduate school/degree: Old Dominion University–Biochemistry ('10) & Dental Hygiene ('14)
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am 28 years old and set to marry the love of my life next spring. Chelsea and I enjoy spending whatever free time we have outdoors. We love traveling to the western part of the state to go hiking in the mountains, relax by the lake, and visit some of Virginia's many historical landmarks.
Why are you passionate about dentistry? I believe dentistry is the greatest profession on earth. I love the opportunities I have to meet new people everyday and provide a service that often times relieves pain, improves their health, and even brightens their self esteem. I love walking in through those clinic door each and every day.