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BCD boasts two President’s Scholarship recipients

Shelley Burleson
Shelley Burleson

Two Baylor College of Dentistry students recently became recipients of the Texas A&M Health Science Center President's Scholarship.  

President’s Circle members funded the $2,500 scholarship, which was awarded for the first time in April 2011 and created for students who exemplify leadership, professionalism, academic performance and a commitment to community service.

Shelley Burleson

Shelley Burleson, a DH2 student from Rowlett, Texas, said she considers the scholarship, her first, an incredible honor.

“I have never received a scholarship before,” Burleson says. “To me, it means that my hard work has paid off and it encourages me to continue to follow my dreams in the dental hygiene profession.”

Burleson has attended Richland Community College and the University of Texas at Dallas, where she graduated in 2010.

Since attending Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, Burleson has assumed numerous leadership roles, including:

  • 2010-2011 vice president of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association;
  • 2011–2012 president of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association;
  • 2011-2012 peer tutor; and
  • 2011-2012 student representative to the Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association.



Kelly Owen

Kelly Owen
Kelly Owen

Before starting at TAMHSC-BCD three years ago, Kelly Owen, D4, graduated with a degree in chemistry and biochemistry at the top of her glass from the Texas A&M College of Science. She's only continued that tradition of excellence since she began her education at the college.

Between leadership roles in various school programs, such as her role as community service chair for Psi Omega, Delta Psi Chapter or as an instructor in the Summer Predental Enrichment Program, it's no wonder why Owen, from San Antonio, Texas, was selected as the college's dental student recipient for the President's Scholarship.

Owen also served the Baylor Chapter of the Hispanic Student Dental Association as co-president from 2009-2010 and currently works as a mentor in the Great Expectations Program.

When Owen is not working in leadership roles, she's often delving into research. In 2008 and 2009, Owen participated in summer research with Dr. Mari Koike, assistant professor in biomedical sciences, an effort that has earned her first and second place at Student Research Day in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

The next year is shaping up to be a busy one for Owen: She's currently serving as vice president of the AADR National Student Research Group.

"I am very honored to have been selected for the President's Scholarship during its first year," Owen says. "The scholarship means a lot to me and my family; it's nice to be recognized for my work."