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Sunnyvale Dental Care Scholarship Contest

Sunnyvale Dental Care Scholarship Contest

Scholarship Overview

Dr. Bhawna Gupta was a dental assistant for 2 years and he would like to give back to the profession and the community. He believes that dental assistants play a crucial part in the delivery of excellent dentistry. Due to the obvious shortage of dental assistant graduates and the increased demand for their services, he would like to encourage bright and diligent minds to take up dental assisting as a career.

Dr. Bhawna Gupta named this scholarship after his assistant Julia Cachola, RDA, in recognition of her excellent skills and loyalty over the past 16 years.

The winner will receive a $1,000 award that will be applied towards their dental assistant education.

Who is Eligible?

Applicants must be EITHER accepted into a dental assisting school (Beginning Fall 2020 semester) OR students that are currently enrolled in a dental assisting school as of the Fall 2020 semester.

Essay Requirements

We are asking students to write a 300-word essay that addresses the following prompt:

Why did you choose to become a dental assistant?

Evaluation & Scoring

  • Dr. Bhawna Gupta and Julia Cachola will review the submissions and score each one on a 10 point scale. 10 being the highest score. Both scores will be added together.
  • The applicant that scores a 20 or closest to 20 will be the clear winner of the grant.

What if There's a Tie?

In the event of a tie, Dr. Bhawna Gupta and Julia will conduct a 10-minute phone interview with the top 2 applicants to decide the winner.

If Dr. Bhawna Gupta and Julia cannot reach a mutual agreement on a winner, then Julia will declare the first-place winner for the $1,000 scholarship.

Dr. Bhawna Gupta’s choice will be the “runner up” and that student will receive an $800 scholarship.

What is the Submission Deadline?

Applicants must submit their essay and other required information no later than Friday, June 12, 2020.

When Will We Announce the Winner?

The winner will be selected and notified no later than Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

How to Apply

Please send an email with the subject line “Julia Cachola Dental Assistant Scholarship Contest” to with the following included:

  • Name and phone number
  • Transcript or proof of enrollment
  • Your essay

Good luck to everyone! We look forward to reading your submissions.

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