February 7, 2014
Thanks to an entrance scholarship, Palak Shah’s smile recently got a little bit brighter.
Shah, an international student studying in the Dental Hygiene program at Cambrian College, was awarded in January a $500 scholarship, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Inc. in partnership with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA). In total, 25 dental hygiene students from across Canada received awards.
Originally from Gujarat, India, Shah is no stranger to the classroom. She is a trained dentist in her homeland, a graduate of the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.
But she wanted a cross-cultural experience and chose Canada for its reputable and “well-organized” education system.
Cambrian College was an easy choice for Shah.
“The College is one of the most renowned institutions in Canada for its international level of education,” she says. “Dental hygienists are one of the important health care workers who have a tremendous opportunity to serve people by providing valuable services in the form of preventative oral health care. I considered Cambrian to be the most suitable destination for achieving my education goals.”
Nancy Rose, Coordinator of the Dental Hygiene program at the College, says since opening the program to international applicants two years ago, there has been an influx of students coming from abroad. This year, there are 13 international students enrolled in the program.
Geoffrey Dalton, Director of Cambrian International, which works with students from abroad, notes the College’s facilities and innovative instruction draw candidates from around the world.
“The quality of teaching facilities and our faculty, along with scholarships available to assist with studies, rounds out why Cambrian College is a destination of choice,” Dalton explains.
Mary Bertone, president of the CDHA, notes that “reducing the financial barriers to dental hygiene education is a key step in promoting greater diversity in the profession.”
Shah says she plans to return to India to practice and promote preventative dental health care when she graduates from Cambrian’s three-year program.
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Mary Katherine Keown
(705) 566-8101, ext. 7587
Coordinator, Dental Hygiene
(705) 566-8101, ext. 6339