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Oudin awarded first Betty J. Scott Scholarship

Betty Scott

Dr. Todd Baumann, Betty Scott and
Jonathan Oudin at the alumni reception

When it came time to choose the first Betty J. Scott Scholarship recipient, the selection committee had an easy choice to make. Fourth-year dental student Jonathan Oudin embodied Scott’s hopes that the winner would be a well-rounded individual.

“We stuck as close as we could to Ms. Scott’s idea of a student with ‘head skills, hand skills and heart skills,’” said Dr. Jack Long, committee chair and associate dean for student affairs at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. “Jonathan was the odds-on favorite of the list of D4 students being considered.”

The $4,000 award was presented to Oudin by Dr. Todd Baumann, president of the Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association board of directors. The presentation was made during the association’s homecoming reception Jan. 14 at Dallas’ Adolphus Hotel.

“Ms. Scott was the beloved registrar of the college for well over 30 years,” Baumann said. “She developed the criteria for the scholarship, and our first awardee embodies the qualities she envisioned.”

Funding for the endowed scholarship began in 2001 when Dr. William R. Forrest made the first gift to the Baylor Oral Health Foundation with the intent to establish the fund. Since then, BOHF and the BCDAA jointly worked to raise the endowment.

At the time funding began, Scott said she was touched by the sentiment behind the scholarship’s creation. Before her retirement in 1992, she was responsible for admissions and records of thousands of dental and dental hygiene students during her 32-year tenure at the college. Her employment covered the terms of four deans and, as registrar, she never missed a commencement, presenting diplomas to 4,800 graduates. She was inducted into the BCD Hall of Fame in 1992.

Scott considered herself an encourager to students, and they responded to her nurturing. “Many graduates have asserted that they would not be where they are today had it not been for Betty,” Forrest said in a 2002 article in the Baylor Dental Journal.

In December, Scott met Oudin for lunch along with Long and Dr. James Cole, dean of TAMHSC-BCD. “She was thrilled with the committee’s selection,” Long said. “As it turns out, Jonathan’s wife was Ms. Scott’s student dentist…so there was a strong connection with her as well.”

The Betty J. Scott Scholarship Committee is an ad hoc committee whose members will change from year to year. In addition to Long, 2010 committee members included: Moira Allen, director of student affairs; Dr. Christine Beninger, Dr. George Cramer and Dr. Mark Gannaway, all associate professors of restorative sciences; and Dr. Mike Lillard, assistant professor of general dentistry.

Contributions to the Betty J. Scott Scholarship Fund will help to increase available scholarship funds for future dental students. To contribute, make your check payable to “Baylor Oral Health Foundation” and send to Baylor Oral Health Foundation, 3600 Gaston Avenue, Suite 1151, Dallas, TX 75246.  For more information call 214.828.8437.