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Two UTSD Students Awarded ADA Foundation Scholarships

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:08pm

Sonia Henriquez

Ali Golshani

S. Henriquez

A. Golshani

The American Dental Association Foundation has awarded scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year to two second-year dental students at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. 

Sonia Henriquez and Ali Golshani were notified of the awards this week. Henriquez will receive the Underrepresented Minority Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship, while Golshani will receive the Robert J. Sullivan Scholarship.

Originally from El Salvador, Henriquez graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor of science degree in biology and Spanish. She has lived in Houston for nearly seven years.

Golshani is from New Orleans, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Louisiana State University.  His high school years were disrupted by Hurricane Katrina, with the first two years spent at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans before his family moved to Los Angeles, where he would graduate from Granada Hills Charter High School.

Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, congratulated the students and noted that UTSD appreciates this recognition and support from the ADA Foundation.  “The Foundation has a national pool of deserving candidates for these awards, so we are honored to have our students chosen.”