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Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine Receives $100,000 from Sachem Dental Group for Endowed Scholarship
Simons Foundation Challenge Grant doubles impact to $200,000

Front row, from left: Drs. Philip A. Mazzola, Robert Cella ’74, and Robert Comanducci; back row, from left: Drs. Anthony Gentile, Andrew Georgakopolous, Philip V. Mazzola, and Louis Woolf
STONY BROOK, N.Y., November 8, 2012 - The partners at Sachem Dental Group with five offices on Long Island announced the dental practice’s newest gift of $100,000 to the Sachem Dental Group Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. Their gift will be matched by the Simons Foundation for a total impact of $200,000.
This donation from the Group will enable the School of Dental Medicine to offer incoming dental students financial assistance throughout all four years of Dental School. Since 2005, six students have been awarded a scholarship from the Sachem Dental Group.
Dr. Ray C. Williams, Dean of the SDM, believes that private, philanthropic support is vital to the future of the School of Dental Medicine. “Out of 1,500 applicants who apply every year, only 42 are selected to attend our School,” said Dr. Williams. “Thanks to scholarship support from our donors, we can retain the top candidates.”
The Sachem Dental Scholarship provides four years of support to a first year dental student who is a resident of New York State and who achieves and maintains a standard of excellence, demonstrates a commitment to community service, and exemplifies professional and ethical behavior. Recipients believe the scholarship does more than defray the cost of attendance; it provides meaningful validation for choosing the challenging career in dental medicine.
“This scholarship reinforced my belief that hard work is the foundation for success,” said scholarship recipient Ava Kamenshchik, D.D.S.’12. “The Sachem Dental Group recognized my potential to contribute as a future colleague in the dental profession.”
Many employees at Sachem Dental Group are proud alumni from Stony Brook University as former undergraduate or Dental School students. The School continues to receive national recognition for excellence in dental education, patient care, and research including two FDA approved drugs, and multiple diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. Stony Brook’s renowned doctoral program in oral biology has produced pioneering leaders in industry and academic dentistry.  
“We have admired how the School has become so influential in our profession’s national landscape,” explained Louis Woolf, D.D.S., Partner, Sachem Dental, “and the Scholarship Fund is our way of giving back to Stony Brook for the way they’ve influenced the growth of our dental practice.”
About Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
The primary mission of the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine is to educate caring and skilled dentists who are well prepared to enter private practice or enter graduate or specialty training programs. The School also serves the profession with its continuing education programs and promotes the mission of Stony Brook University and the Health Sciences Center through collaborative efforts in teaching, research and service.
About Sachem Dental Group
Sachem Dental Group (www.sachemdental.com) is a multi-office, multi-specialty general dental practice in central Suffolk County providing quality dental care for over 30 years.

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