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Craven Scholarship Awarded to Second-Year Student

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 10:36am

Attending the presentation of the Moritz Craven, DDS Memorial Scholarship are (from left) Dr. David Emmers, Dean John Valenza, DDS; Dr. Judith Craven; the recipient, second-year dental student Terrall Thurman; Associate Dean Philip Pierpont, DDS; and Professor C.D. Johnson, DDS. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

Attending the presentation of The Judith L. Craven, MD, MPH, and Mortiz V. Craven, DDS Scholarship are (from left) Dr. David Emmers, Dean John Valenza, DDS; Dr. Judith Craven; the recipient, second-year dental student Terrall Thurman; Associate Dean Philip Pierpont, DDS; and Professor C.D. Johnson, DDS. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

The Judith L. Craven, MD, MPH, and Mortiz V. Craven, DDS Scholarship has been awarded to Terrall Thurman, a second-year dental student at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.  

The scholarship was established with a $100,000 gift in honor of former UT System Regent Judith L. Craven, MD, to support scholarships for one or more male African-American students at UT School of Dentistry. Her husband, Moritz Craven, DDS, is a 1960 graduate of UTSD.

The one-time donation was made in Craven’s name by Compaq Computer Corp., in recognition of her service on Compaq’s board of directors, which she joined in December 1998.

African-American students were 4 percent of the total enrollment at the School of Dentistry last year. The Charles A. George Dental Society, the local component of the National Dental Association, evaluates candidates for the scholarship, determines the recipient, and sets the amount of the award annually.

At the time of the original gift, Judith Craven said, “The need to provide financial equal opportunities for African-American students, especially young males, is more important today than it has ever been in our country. I hope this scholarship will help to provide future dentists with the financial assistance they need in meeting their long-sought goals.”